One sunny weekend in 1972, Evel Knievel – you know, the American icon and legendary daredevil – went to the Oklahoma state grounds to perform a stunt. The photographs documenting this trip, found in his grandparents’ attic, represent a special experience for author Garrett Colton. “Almost everyone is bound to have a brush with fame,” Colton writes, “this collection is a celebration of the time, the people, the place, and the spirit that they represent.” It’s true, too. From the unabashedly patriotic shirts to the teased hair, to the honest life contained within the city’s banners, the photo set reaches far beyond Evel himself – drawing interesting comparisons between how we view celebrities then versus now. Colton turned these memories into a earnest, endearing photo book, which serves as a perfect artifact of American life in the late 20th century. Enjoy these nostalgic photos above before picking up a copy of Colton’s book – Evel Comes to Cooperville – at Done to Death Projects.
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