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Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth: His Life, Times, Cars and Art [Paperback]

Pat Ganahl
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Cartech (1 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007S6C9Z8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Twilight Zone from dusk till you dawn 18 Mar 2010
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I discovered Ed Roth via post punk rock, the cover of the second Birthday Party album to be exact. Nick Cave did an interview in Sounds where he described how he managed to track Ed Roth down in the US, now born again. Influenced by his older brothers interest in the Revell plastic cars the imagery stuck as an archetype of everything mischevious and devillish. Roth tapped into innocence, creating an alternative colourful technicolour world based on a multi hued future of whipped domes, V8 engines and a savage imagination based primarily on f.u.n.

He was a visionary born ahead and had to go back to being born again because he was a man far ahead of his time, whilst also being an archetpe of the 60's. The volcanic seismic eruptions of the 60's threw ideas into the stratosphere and they cascaded througout the culture.

Bid Daddy loved cars and created his dreams from fibreglass and metal drawn from his imagination. The gasser and rat fink launched a whole cerbral revolution as the cartoon merged with a punk sensibility within the art of Robert Williams the father of whole new genre who revitalised art. I always judge a piece whether I could have it in my front room on the wall and at last here was something that spoke to me.

In effect the Birthday Party album opened a portal to another dimension where Ed Roth tinkered with his dreams thereby allowing the collective imagination of young artists to pour in, expand and create a whole new universe. Ed Roth like Phillip K Dick created an alternative structure where the world would now be a grey defunct moribund world if he had never existed. Despite the banality of great wafts of culture from the USA, these artistes redeem the dross. This book will lead you to that dimension
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good story on Big Daddy and his creations 31 Dec 2003
By Pard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was the primary audience for Roth's work back in the '60's -- my friends and I would have sleepover parties where we'd read car magazines and build model cars all night long. Roth's creations were just so outrageous at the time and they brought a lot of excitement to the hot rod scene. I remember first seeing the "Rat Fink" and thinking how over the top it was, and wondering what my mom would say if I brought home a Rat Fink model or T-shirt.
I had to get this book as soon as I saw it and I'm glad I did. It brings back so many good memories of those times. While not a true biography of Big Daddy, it does a great job of covering his life and has plenty of detail on all of his cars and other works. The book also has lots of great photos; the author spent a lot of time gathering as many existing photos of the Roth empire as he could. The author also interviewed as many people as he could find who were associated with Roth, and they have some funny and interesting stories to tell.
If you're at all interested in hot rods or hot rod history and the effect that Roth had on the culture, this book is recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, but the writing is not great. 25 July 2011
By Renegade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was really looking forward to reading this book; and while it was interesting, I think the book falls short in two ways. First, the writing is somewhat sophmoric. The author writes as one would talk, and there was not a clear chronology. He jumped around and sometimes repeated information. Secondly, I was really looking forward to seeing photographs of Roth's vehicles, but there were limited photographs of some of the vehicles. I understand that maybe not many photographs were available from Roth's family's archives, but certainly, there were other sources for the photographs of the cars that appeared at major shows. I would recommend this book to Roth fans, but there may be other better books out there.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Trip Back 27 May 2007
By Marty Oster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For me, a guy, who lived and breathed the hot rod, surf and music scene of the 60's, this book brings back a necessary component of the time. Relive and remember the essence of the time through Ed Roth who's artwork and cars seemed to be on the tip of everyone's tongue. We all knew the "Rat Fink" and we all knew "Big Daddy". Now he lives forever in this definitive work.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real renaissance man of the 1960s 8 Feb 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ed "Big Daddy" Roth was a real renaissance man of the 1960s: creator of Rat Fink, builder of creative custom cars, and a Mormon beatnick who refused to fit in anyone's mold. Ed "Big Daddy" Roth: His Life, Time, Cars, and Art is an engaging and informative biography that charts his rise to fame in general and his skills building custom cars in particular, and comes from an author who met Ed in the mid-1970s and regularly covered his exploits. Nearly 300 photos - many new to this collection-charts his creations and his art, and will appeal to any who know his name.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ed "Big Daddy Roth": His Life, Times, Cars and Art 14 Sep 2009
By D. Mosher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Great book, with lots of interesting bio notes and great pictures of Ed Roth's art and automotive masterpieces...brought back a lot of memories of building models of them as a kid in the 60's and 70's. And who can forget Rat Fink?!? It was a birthday present for my brother, and he loved it.
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