Hopped-Up is a photographic book by David Biene.
Hopped-Up shows the European culture of hot rodding. A fifty-year-old youth movement from the United States which is experiencing a fulminant comeback these days. Rock’n’roll will never die!
David Biene documents authentic characters in an impressive combination of ambitious photography and interviews – without orchestrating, repeating or retouching. He went along with the scene for more than four years from Spain to Norway, to meetings, races and even all the way into the garages and living rooms of the protagonists. To him, it’s not the ‘hot rods’, the hopped-up old vehicles, that are the protagonists in the first place. He is interested in the people: top-chops and flatheads, manic mechanics smudgy with oil, rockabillies with pomade-hairdressing, flanked by tattooed bottle blondes on wild racing- and dancing-weekends.
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