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Bruce Brown Dead at 80

Posted By: TestPilot

Bruce Brown Dead at 80 - 12/11/17 09:56 PM

Bruce Brown, the man whose made On Any Sunday, died Sunday in California. See this link:
https://www.facebook.com/CycleNews/posts/10156823074185278
Posted By: RandyShields

Re: Bruce Brown Dead at 80 - 12/11/17 10:40 PM

Thanks. Interesting that the mainstream media, while mentioning On Any Sunday, leads with the more well known Endless Summer. RIP BB.
Posted By: RTinNC

Re: Bruce Brown Dead at 80 - 12/12/17 03:24 AM

Just got this from my local dealer. Very sad news and the passing of the maker of some cool documentaries.
Posted By: JR356

Re: Bruce Brown Dead at 80 - 12/12/17 07:04 AM

Sad news!
RIP Bruce

My first exposure to the world of motorcycling was seeing On Any Sunday at the local Drive In theatre,with my Dad and younger Brother.
I’m certain this was true for a lot of kids growing up in the 60’s

JR356
Posted By: Whip

Re: Bruce Brown Dead at 80 - 12/13/17 12:49 AM

Sucks

One of the very few film makers that really understood the joy of riding a motorcycle.

RIP Mr Brown


You made a difference.
Posted By: EffBee

Re: Bruce Brown Dead at 80 - 12/13/17 01:58 AM

Bruce Brown did for motorcycling, what he did for surfing. He captured the childlike glee and joy we all experience when we ride, be we trailriders, weekend warriors, or just riding from one place to the next. He taught that there were mechanical aspects that we learn from, skill aspects that we try to achieve, and an overall friendship and camaraderie that sits like a warm umbrella over all of us who put balance in our lives by balancing on two wheels. He simplified it, caught it on film, put a human-nature and sometimes self-deprecating voice-over to it, and sent it out for the public to see. His influence on at least one generation was overwhelming. OAS legitimized a hobby/sport that the public had misunderstood and had pigeon-holed due to the bad publicity of a few. He brought humor and understanding to why we do it. Even if others choose not to at least now they saw what made it fun for us. It made us look real and not the misrepresented creation of some screenwriter and producer looking to sell tickets.

Bruce Brown was an advocate without trying to be an advocate. He was a storyteller with a big heart, and it showed in his work. He created a cushion of social tolerance and even acceptance for everyone from long-haired surfers to dirt-under-the-nails racers. He used McQueen to legitimize and Malcolm's boyish face and Aw Shucks reactions to humanize the broad scope of what motorcycling is.

Today, there is much consternation about a motorcycle industry whose numbers are falling. They're falling because the scales are once again getting tipped to the other side. No one is on THIS side, putting forth a unified, mass-media message of overwhelming positivity, family values, joyous participation and fun like no other. What the industry needs is not a bunch of suits getting together in an MIC conference room to discuss what to do to stem the industry's slide. What it needs more than ever, and painfully so now that he's left us, is another Bruce Brown.
Posted By: bwpsg42

Re: Bruce Brown Dead at 80 - 12/13/17 02:35 AM

Well said !
Posted By: chrisolson

Re: Bruce Brown Dead at 80 - 12/13/17 02:40 AM

Originally Posted by EffBee
... He brought humor and understanding to why we do it. Even if others choose not to at least now they saw what made it fun for us. It made us look real and not the misrepresented creation of some screenwriter and producer looking to sell tickets.

Your complete comment is thoughtful, accurate and well stated. But I think the three sentences above are the essence of what he achieved. It is sorely lacking in today's overly commercial world.
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