Item description for The Electroline Diaries: A journey with the Burbank Choppers car club by Laurent Bagnard...
If you haven t noticed, traditional hot rodding is back in a big way. Among the scene s biggest players are the members of an exclusive club known as the Burbank Choppers. The Choppers gained prominence recently with an appearance on the TLC show RIDES, but this recent fame belies the fact that they ve been living and promoting their brand of traditional hot rod and custom car philosophy for more than 15 years. The Choppers Aaron Kahan, Deron Wright, Jon Fisher, Keith Weesner, Sandy Wachs, and Verne Hammond have appeared in every major hot rodding magazine and fanzine, including Rod and Custom, The Rodder s Journal, Car Kulture Deluxe, and many more, building a worldwide reputation. In The Electroline Diaries, author Laurent Bagnard follows the Choppers through southern California, Las Vegas, and even a huge hot rod show in Yokohama, Japan, where the Choppers were guests of Mooneyes, the famed speed parts company. He captures the Choppers in their element hanging out with fellow hot rodders, catching their favorite bands, traveling to car shows far and wide, and cruising in their cars. This book is a window into the unique lifestyle of the Choppers that has influenced gearhead culture around the world. Bagnard shot more than 3,000 photographs during his travels with the Choppers and has selected the best 275 images for this book. You can t get this close to the real hot rod life unless you re sitting in a chopped coupe with a flathead under your right foot s command. The Electroline Diaries is sure to become a landmark of car and pop culture, circa mid-00 s.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11" Width: 8.3" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.9 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Car Tech
ISBN 1932494650 ISBN13 9781932494655 UPC 601784004651
Reviews - What do customers think about The Electroline Diaries: A journey with the Burbank Choppers car club?
This Book Is A Waste Aug 18, 2008
Remember how you felt reading Henry Felsen's Hot Rod and Street Rod as a kid? This book isn't going to make you feel like that. You know how you can stare at the best pictures from Rolling Stone magazine and feel you know Bruce Springsteen personally? This book isn't like that, either.
In fact, this book is almost a complete failure. It fails those who know and love the Burbank Choppers and those who'd like to.
I hoped I'd feel a connection to the club or get a sense of who they were and what their lives were like. The photos aren't especially beautiful and don't convey much.
Remembering how great books and documentaries I've enjoyed about car clubs affected me, I had similar hopes for this book but I felt closer to hot rod culture reading Stephen King's Christine.
The Electroline Diaries is just plain uninteresting. Somewhere in the book (I don't care enough to look it up) someone describes the club as "Just like punk rock on wheels." I suppose Diaries is like that the same way shredded wheat is like punk rock in a bowl.
It seems to me that the author/photographer travelled a few thousand miles thinking he'd be able to do all this and ... just didn't want to go home (or back to his publisher) empty handed.
The Electroline Diaries contains 155 color and 120 black and white photos. The photography is competent to say the least. Some of the pictures are very nice. I might even put a couple pages up on the wall (until something else came along to replace them) but there's nothing unique. They could be of any cruise night or car show. It wouldn't hurt me to rip a page out to put on the wall because the book isn't much more than the sum of its parts. I wouldn't be as protective of it's condition as I would, say, my Bettie Page coffee table book.
Reading a book like this, I want to feel immersed in the subject matter. I want "Boys with Their First Car" by A.Y. Owen. I want to hear the engines and smell the smoke but it just doesn't happen. Diaries is $34.95 for a new softcover. You'd have to pay that much for an old, tattered copy of Street Rod or Hot Rod at a used bookstore but -- quite honestly --it would still be a better investment.