June 2009 sees, after five years of research that have taken the Berlin photographer around the whole of Europe, the release of David Biene’s photography collection ‘Hopped-Up’. From an insider’s point of view, ‘Hopped-Up’ portrays the European hot rod scene: the American ‘lifestyle’ of the ‘40s and ‘50s, the rock ‘n’ roll, the old-timers – all lovingly laid out alongside the excitement of rockabillies in hot rods fighting it out on the racetracks of Europe.
Biene’s book documents a way of life with its origins in late ‘40s America; one that has left its mark on the country’s image worldwide. Like Ford cars or Jack Daniel’s whiskey, the oil-smeared mechanic, the pomaded rockabilly or the gum-chewing peroxide blonde are integral elements of American cult(ural) history.
‘Hopped Up’ will be released on 13.06.2009 by Berlin publishing house Onkel & Onkel – introduced with a photography exhibition followed by a party in the Berlin rock ‘n’ roll institution White Trash Fast Food, complete with DJ and live band.
It was no accident that Biene found himself working on this project: he has been listening to rockabilly and rhythm ‘n’ blues since he was fifteen and has been regularly attending hot rod festivals across Europe since 2000.