Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman

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MotorBooks International, Apr 3, 2010 - Transportation - 176 pages
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A stunt man and sideshow performer made famous by the Discovery Channel, Indian Larry Desmedt is best remembered for his remarkable custom motorcycles, his wild tattoos, and his love for building and riding rolling art. This book, by those who knew him best, offers a closer look at this chopper shaman admired by so many.

Full of photographs that document a uniquely colorful life, the book follows Larry from his humble beginnings to his unlikely stardom, tracing his short career as a bank robber, his time in prison, his spiral downward into heroin addiction, and his rebirth in 1994 as the spiritual bike builder revered by so many and, running through it all, the love of hot rods and motorcycles that finally brought him happiness.

Why was he nicknamed Indian Larry? Because early in his career, he ceaselessly rode his Indian Motorcycles through the street of New York City.


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I got this for my husband and he just loved the book . Much about Larry he didnt know about. Read full review

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The Chopper Hero with A Thousand Faces
The Daring DeSmedt
Rat Fink Freak
Rebel Without A Pause
The Biker Lifestyle
To Hell and Back
The Hero and the Goddess
Media Magician
Fame and Fortune
Legends Never Die

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About the author (2010)

Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is the Editor in Chief of Easyriders and V-Twin magazines and has been instrumental in getting chopper builders on television. He is an avid rider and one of the most enthusiastic supporters of custom bike builders in the entire motorcycle industry.

Andrea Cambridge

Better known by her stage name, Bambi the Mermaid, Andrea Cambridge is a performer at Coney Island, where she met and married Indian Larry in the late 1990s.

Michael Lichter

Since the early 1980s, Michael Lichter has been photographing custom motorcycles, often hanging from the beds of pickup trucks during rainstorms, photographing packs of bikers in places like Daytona Beach and Sturgis, South Dakota, for the pages of Easyriders magazine.

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