Robby Romero Dennis Hopper Day NT Times

The New York Times Magazine

DENNIS HOPPER DAY DESCENDS ON TAOS, N.M. 

Dennis, Rita, Johnny & Robby

Photo: Martin – from left: Dennis Hopper, Rita Rogers, Johnny Rivers; front: Robby Romero

NEW YORK, NY – One of the few people who spent their formative years in the 1970s at the Taos Mabel Dodge Luhan house, or “Mud Palace,” the 22-room adobe structure my father bought in the Taos Pueblo, was Robby Romero. My father took him under his wing and encouraged him to become the rock musician and recording artist he is today, as the leader of Red Thunder, the band he formed in 1989.

Robby Romero has been working for a long time to break down cultural barriers within the Taos community to bring people together. He and my father, who also wanted to bring people together, were very likeminded.” – Marin Hopper

On May 17, 2014, Robby launched the first annual Dennis Hopper Motorcycle Ride. The event saw a bevy of bikers, hosted by the Taos Pueblo and escorted by Gary Lefthand, the chief of police, ride along the places where “Easy Rider” was filmed, including the Pueblo itself.

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