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I Am Jesse James Paperback – May 6, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Those familiar with famed California motorcycle customizer Jesse James will be the first to tell you that, in fact, danger is his game. However, after reading (or, more accurately, looking at) this volume that may be the only fact they could tell you about the man behind the metal. Best known as the master builder on televisions popular "Monster Garage," James has cultivated a reputation as the enfant terrible of customized, hand-built choppers, couching his considerable mechanical and metallurgical skills in a hyper-masculine, chicks-guns-and-iron image. Based out of his West Coast Choppers garage in a tough neighborhood of Long Beach, California, James has created one of the most famous and lucrative chopper boutiques on Earth, with an appropriately star-studded client list. But the fact remains that this book doesnt say much about its supposed subject. Perhaps These Are Jesse Jamess Motorcycles would have been a better title for the volume, since the titular figures tattoos get more attention than his story. The real stars here are made out of rubber and steel, and pictures of the bikes (frequently pictured with scantily clad models and high-powered weaponry) are what its all about. This will be fine for Kustom Kar fans, motorcycle freaks and adolescent boys who want to drool over high-quality shots, but readers who are interested in finding out more about Jamess life or the creation of his business will be disappointed by the lack of explanatory text. Jamess craftsmanship is nothing short of amazing, and his choppers are wonders of mechanical menace. Too bad the artisan himself gets lost in all the fumes.
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"Fans come in droves, vainly hoping to watch him create in his studio. Jesse James is clearly an outlaw." -- GQ
"Now heres a guy to get your motor running." -- People
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Other people have commented that there is not much autobiographical information; that is true. If you want to know more about Jesse James you would need to buy a different book.
Right now he is hated the media and many people for his personal problems, but I don't care what he does in his personal life. I know he worked very hard on his bikes and he is very talented at welding and building stuff with metal. Most people only knows his divorce, but they don't care about what great things he did and how he over came the odds and how he made a good living too. I have a lot of respect for the man by keeping it real all these years, I loved watching the Monster Garage episodes and Motorcycle Mania 2 and 3.
I'm not really into custom Harleys (As far as H-Ds are concerned I would prefer a Buell X1 Lightning or Sundance Performance Super XR1200) but I appreciate the effort, skill and craftsmanship that goes into each of his bikes. Jesse James is famous because he's the real deal. He can actually do his own metalwork, shaping sheetmetal into a tank or fender, and does his own welding. His style is a bit on the extreme side of things, yet isn't bizzare or cartoonish, which is probably why he's successful.
I bought this book because I wanted to know ... "Who is this guy?" ... "Why is he so famous"? I've created a couple of special edition automobiles ... but why am I not even half as famous? :) We could all learn a bit about marketing, advertising and promotion from Jesse James. If you want to read about Jesse James himself, buy the Mike Seate book "Jesse James, the man and his machines".