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Robert Rodriguez's Roadracers: The Making of a Degenerate Hot Rod Flick


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For years, Roadracers was the closest thing that Robert Rodriguez had to a 'lost' movie, but it finally came out in the US on Blu-ray and DVD a few months ago, with the bonus features from the laser disc carried over! However, there's still a bit of ephemera that didn't get reissued.

In 1998, Faber & Faber in the UK published a follow-up book to Rodriguez's "Rebel Without a Crew", his diaries from the making of El Mariachi. This book was "Roadracers: The Making of a Degenerate Hot Rod Flick". It's a really great read, much like "Rebel Without a Crew", but very different. It's very interesting to read Rodriguez' reactions to working in the "Hollywood system" for the first time. The book has been out of print for many years and costs a silly amount of money to obtain.

A few years ago, mcfly89 from the OT.com forum got a copy and scanned it. It wasn't a great scan, and using OCR text recognition proved tricky because of the quality of the scan. So I basically didn't work on it for two years after I got the scans.

A few weeks ago, I decided that since eBooks are so prevalent now and I wouldn't necessarily have to preserve the original book exactly as it was released, it would be a good idea to convert it to an eBook. So that's what I did. All of the original pictures from the book are included, although the scans aren't great. The text worked fine, though. I manually corrected all of it and re-typed about 20% of the book.

I've got ePub and Mobi versions available. Email me at reverendbeastly AT gmail DOT com for the link. (EDIT 4/26/13: I DID NOT create a PDF version of this. I only created ePub and Mobi versions. Please don't ask me for PDF.)

P.S. Hi Mods! Hope this is an okay post and that I've put it in the right place. I'm mostly a lurker nowadays, but I figured some folks here would be interested in this.
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