Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth: His Life, Times, Cars, And Art

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Who was Ed Roth? The answer depends on who you ask, and when they knew him.

Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth: His Life, Times, Cars, And Art

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With a foreword by Robert Williams.

To some, he was a counter-culture, greasy-fingernailed, renaissance man of the mid 20th Century. To others, he's the creator of Rat Fink and builder of some of the most creative custom cars ever to get a coat of candy paint -- cars like the Beatnik Bandit, the Mysterion, and the Outlaw. Some knew him as a devout Mormon, and others recall a Harley-riding hellion with a devilish glint in his eye. He was a force of nature and a creative genius whose work had a profound influence on popular culture and helped spawn numerous subcultures.

Ed's rise to fame began in the '50s, and peaked with the custom car boom of the early '60s -- every kid in America knew who Rat Fink was, and many built models of his custom cars and wore his 'monster' T-shirts. As custom cars went out of style, Ed turned to other pursuits, but a growing interest in hot rod history in the '90s brought him back to the fore, and he was more popular than ever.

To say his life was interesting is an understatement -- and this book covers it all, from art to custom cars, monster shirts to VW-powered trikes, and the wild life that brought it all together.

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Author Pat Ganahl
Publisher CarTech
Page Count 192pp
Publication Size 10 x 10
Publication Notes Hardcover, Color
Publication Date April 19, 2003
ISBN 978-1884089688

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