7/30/10

Or Glory- 21st Century Rockers

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Internationally renowned photographer, Horst A. Friedrichs was born in Frankfurt in 1966. He studied photography in Munich and has worked as a freelance photojournalist for a number of magazines including The New York Times, Geo and Stern. In 2008, he received the prestigious Lead Award for Best Reportage Photography of the Year. He has published a number of books including the best-selling I’m One: 21st Century Mods (Prestel). Friedrichs lives in London.





With their tattoos, leather jackets, slicked-back hair, and beloved British motorbikes - BSAs, Triumphs, Nortons, and Royal Enfields - Rockers are the nemesis and antithesis of the fastidiously groomed Mods. Elvis, James Dean, and Marlon Brando made rocker style synonymous with rebellion, sparking a global cult. Friedrichs follows the British rocker tribe as its members congregate in parking lots, pubs, cafes, dance and pool halls, as well as huge gatherings at Jacks Hill and the Ace Cafe. Alternating between rich, vibrant colour and gritty black and white, these photographs capture a spirit of unapologetic defiance in clothing as well as attitude, every bit as strong today as it was sixty years ago. Trenchant and revealing commentary from Friedrichs' subjects sheds light on the impulses, yearnings, and motivations of this enduring international rebel chic subculture.

The book will launched in September at the Brighton Burn Up (Ace Café Reunion weekend)
Friday September 10th is the inaugural party and exhibition at Lewis Leathers.
Pre-order your book here


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7/23/10

Ajs 18 from 1949

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"Euskal Herria" is the original name for the Basque Country. Divided in 7 regions of which 3 are on the French side and 4 on the Spanish one. La Soule (Zuberoa) is probably the wildest side of the Euskal Herria : our friend Polo was born there. His AJS 18 from 1949 remains there, hidden secretly. Polo went across Spain & Portugal with that machine : he knows every part of it. Twenty years ago, a Norton became his favorite but for our photo session, the AJS came out of the barn. Polo could very well put it back on the road anytime.

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Men's File issue # 3 for sale now !

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We wish it was a monthly publication as it's so good to get a copy in the mail : but, hey, it comes twice a year and that makes it sold-out in weeks. Do not miss the third issue of Men's File : we have it, you can order it now !
FYI : we have 10 and only 10 issues of #2 left and these are for 10 lucky guys
Enjoy all

Dans la vie il faut savoir attendre pour être récompensé, voici enfin le numéro#3 prêt à être expédié partout dans le monde, et nous pouvons vous dire que c'est une belle réussite, riche en photo et en contenu, les amateurs de style y trouveront leur compte, Commandez le sans plus attendre, au passage,il nous reste 10 copies seulement du numéro#2.












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7/22/10

The Loveless

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Last night, I had a chance to see "The Loveless" a 1982 movie by Kathryn Bigelow and Monty Montgomery, starring young Willem Dafoe and one of my favorite Rockabilly singer, Robert Gordon. Gordon also wrote the sountrack.
A story about a lonely Rocker on his motorcycle crossing the Southern USA, in the late fifties.
With such aesthetic and an incredibly steamy eroticism, the movie has become "cult". Do not miss it !
No doubt "The Loveless" is one of Quentin Tarantino's major influence and we're glad Bigelow finally got the Academy awards last year.

Thank you Nick for the tip.














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7/20/10

Pictures from the Paddock

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After a little break, we are back with paddock's pictures from various track events. From the popular "climb race", our national countryside sport, Alpine Renault and other Gordinis were and still remain period's stars. Through the "Gaillac" vineyards, we decided with my mate JJB to take participation with the GT 350 Mustang (An elephant among chickens!), very funny Sunday...
Our friend Jean-Claude, like every year, was at the French "Ton-up" rendez-vous, held in Lurcy-Levis. This typical "British bikes" event is now open to Italian bikes (Chutney Pasta?). No races but just demos as everywhere in France now. As we can see our "Man" prefers doing mechanics than drinking tea!
Next series is by Benoit our blog Photographer and VW addict, who took some pics at the annual VW/Rods and american cars meeting near Toulouse.
And at last, the most prestigious French race "Le Mans Classic" where YJH and PdO were looking for new toys ! Big contrast with the first event ...
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