Who was Indian Larry?
Discover his many faces – biker, builder, rebel, lover, mystic, artist, hero – in Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman
Stuntman, sideshow performer, chopper builder extraordinaire and every-man hero, Indian Larry DeSmedt – so named for riding his chopped Indian motorcycle on the streets of Manhattan – is best remembered by the masses for his remarkable custom motorcycles, wild tattoos and passion for building and riding rolling art. And, to a special few, he was a treasured friend and loyal brother of the road.
To celebrate the man and his widespread impact on fans, the industry, and more, Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman – by Dave Nichols, with widow Andrea “Bambi” Cambridge and renowned motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter – chronicles the epic journey from his early outlaw years to the top of the custom-bike-building world.
This illuminating biography encapsulates Indian Larry’s multifaceted life, which included an apprenticeship with hot rod builder Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, a short career as a bank robber and subsequent three-year prison term in the infamous Sing Sing prison; a stint in the New York art scene and friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, a spiral downward into heroin addiction and a phoenix-like rebirth as the spiritual bike builder revered by so many, up to his untimely death in 2004.
Lichter’s stunning photography, accompanied by images from the Indian Larry archive and Bambi’s personal collection, provide an up-close-and-personal complement to this remarkable story.
While Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman is a biography, Nichols, editor in chief of Easyriders and V-Twin magazines and host of SPEED Channel’s V-Twin TV, explains that the book also focuses on how Indian Larry lived the Hero’s journey and existed in a bigger-than-life, archetypal life, playing every role in its rich pageant.
Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman, by Dave Nichols with Andrea “Bambi” Cambridge and photography by Michael Lichter
Hardcover, 8 1/4 x 10 5.8, 176 pages
Photos: 250 color, 25 black-and-white
ISBN 13 978-07603-2382-3
ISBN 10 0-7603-2382-8
$24.95 (U.S.), $33.95 (CAN), £16.99 (UK)
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