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    Peter Fonda's "Easy Rider" RIAA Gold Album Award. A cult classic that defined a generation, Easy Rider is not only remembered for its indelible moving images, but also for its epic rock soundtrack featuring some of the best music of the late '60s. Loaded with unforgettable tracks by Steppenwolf, the Byrds, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Roger McQuinn, it set an early standard for the use of pop music in motion pictures. Recycled rock music wasn't heard much on movie soundtracks at the time, and Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper had little trouble getting the rights to the songs for a steal. Upon the movie's success at the box office, a decision was made to release a soundtrack album, and most labels agreed to license their tracks. (Capitol Records held out, so the Band's version of "The Weight" was replaced with a near-exact cover by Smith.) The album reached the Top Ten and went gold, becoming the second most successful soundtrack LP of the year. The LP gave rise to a new business in which soundtrack albums sometimes out-grossed the movies that spawned. (Ironically, its success hampered the availability of the Easy Rider soundtrack for a time. By the CD era, many labels were no longer willing to license their material, and the album went out of print in the U.S. until June of 2000.) This is Peter's RIAA gold album award, presented to him to commemorate the sale of more than 500,000 copies of the influential soundtrack. It measures 16.5" X 21" and is in Excellent condition.

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    October, 2007
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