Robert Williams' life and work have proven difficult to describe. Who better then, to put Williams into words and pictures than the man himself-as he does in this illustrated autobiography of his life in hot rods. Here, for the first time, Robert Williams presents his extraordinary body of work in the context of his hot rod background, in the process relating his impossibly wild formative years and his gradual establishment as one of America's most influential underground artists. Born in 1943 and raised in Alabama and Albuquerque, Williams eventually gravitated to Southern California and the Chouinard Art Institute, but not before immersing himself in the country’s nascent youth culture of hot rods, rock ’n’ roll, and bowling alley rumbles. He recounts a boyhood spent in drive-in theaters and dirt tracks, honing a life and a style that had little to do with the world of square day jobs he entered after leaving Chouinard in 1963, when, through sheer happenstance, an unemployment agency handed him a job as art director at the studio of his hero, Ed ""Big Daddy"" Roth. Along with tales from his time at Roth studios which resulted in his famous Roth ads for Hot Rod magazine, not to mention several infamous run-ins with the Hell’s Angels Williams demythologizes the 1950s, recalls his association with Zap Comix and R. Crumb, and reflects on today’s retro rodders and his own hot rods. Illustrated throughout with photographs from Williams’ personal collection as well as paintings and illustrations, this is a life portrait as only Robert Williams could do it.
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While previous volumes have celebrated the art of Robert Williams, until now none have placed Williams’ life and extraordinary body of work in proper context by examining his unrepentant jones for hot rods. And who better to put this story into words than the man himself?
In this illustrated, two-fisted narrative, Williams brings readers along on a raucous ride, recalling his impossibly wild formative years and immersion in the country’s nascent youth culture of hot rods, rock ’n’ roll, and bowling alley rumbles; his long appreciation of the hot rod’s circle-track roots; and his happenstance arrival at Roth Studios. Williams’ recollections are populated by a rich cast of characters at once madcap (Ed Roth), surly (Von Dutch), dashing (Pete Eastwood), and soon-to-be revered (Gray Baskerville, Jim Jacobs, and Pete Chapouris). Notably, Williams delves deeply into his associations with Roth and Dutch, provides the first complete lowdown on his and wife Suzanne’s remarkable hot rods (including his hugely influential deuce roadster), and draws a neat line between his vast knowledge of history and the state of hot rodding today.
Illustrated throughout with photographs from Williams’ personal collection and with several artworks, The Hot Rod World of Robt. Williams is a testament to the author’s legendary status among modern hot rodders and artists alike.From the Back Cover:
“Robert Williams can do the work of five men.”
—Ed “Big Daddy” Roth
“Robert Williams’ life reads like a full-color Johnson Smith Company catalog of every fascinating facet of lowbrow/underground/hot rod/rock & roll culture that has mostly remained hidden in darkness beneath the flat rock of ‘decent’ American society.
“Hot Rods, Motorsickles, Carnies, Juvenile Delinquents, Bikers, Hippies, and Punks, Bob has spent a lifetime simmering waist-deep in a spicy gumbo of gonzo weirdness, and now he’s serving up a big bowl of his crazy life to you, oh hapless reader.
“Did I forget to mention that he’s also one of the greatest American artists of the last fifty years? Read on.”
“Williams paints the way Salvador Dali tries to paint.”
“Superlatives, by necessity, must falter and be left moldering by the wayside in reference to Robert Williams.”
Gearhead magazine, Issue #10
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Descrizione libro Motorbooks, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110760326606
Descrizione libro Motorbooks. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0760326606 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0396951
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