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living the life

photographs by Doug Barber

poems by Sorez the Scribe

designed by Eric Wheatley

Published and Printed in the United States of America.

Published by Lowside Syndicate.


Printed by Ridge Printing.

8900 Yellow Brick Rd. | Baltimore, MD 21237


First Edition February 2010

This edition is limited to 3,000 copies.

ISBN 978-0-615-34271-9

Library of Congress Control Number: 2010920255

Copyright 2009 Doug Barber

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For years I have been encouraged to compile a book of these

images. I hesitated pursuing a book because I did not

want to explain, or analyze my photos. The thrust of this

book is a collection of my biker photography accompanied by

compatible Sorez s biker poems. Living the Life is a personal

view of a biker s existence. Allowing the reader to draw their own

conclusions from the material presented. It is not my intention

to stereotype the folks in my photographs. This is because all

bikers are not alike, but share the same contempt for being categorized.

The photography in this book is editorial in nature. Everyone

in this book was photographed with their knowledge, and

permission. It spans over 30 years of traveling with hard core

bikers. I would like to thank everyone who is featured in this

book for their part in preserving our history.

Long May You Ride,

Doug Barber AKA Q-Ball


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Classic images of bikers from the 70’s and earlier are a

hit among today’s discriminating enthusiasts. And it’s

not just a case of looking back through rose colored

glasses to motorcycling’s past. Rather it is the natural consequence

when popular culture celebrates cartoonish exaggerations,

and shuns the genuine.

Doug Barber’s photos remind us of a time when the bikes,

and the people that rode them were the real deal. Thankfully,

Doug was there living it; not just as an observer from

the outside. This collection of images combined with the

words of Sorez the Scribe provides a unique glimpse into

our culture’s past. For those that lived, partied and rode

during that time it’s a memory book of sorts. For the new

generation it represents the path less chosen, inspiration,

and a history book of our two-wheeled forefathers.

Living the life, it’s good for your soul.”

Todd Ingram

Editorial Director

Iron Horse Magazine


The Marriage of Biker Poetry

and Photographic Genius:

Q-Ball’s master lens and Sorez the Scribe’s road sharpened

pen ignites the page with the lure of the

steel pony, the rolling thunder, the chink, chink,

chink of the gravel, and a brotherhood that rides forever

towards the horizon. While there are many photo

books that spread bikers and their motorcycles flat

out across a coffee table, and certainly Biker Poetry

is beginning to stand on its own in the poetry community,

Living the Life is the ‘IMAX of Biker Nation.’

Sorez’s poetic cadence draws you into Q-Ball’s lens

where you are not just looking at some pictures, you

are on the bike, riding with the pack, or just taking a

solo run into the wind. From Basket Case to Road to

Redemption Q-Ball and Sorez bring the Code of Ethics

into ‘True 3D Soul’ with photo-word-graphics.

Living the Life is more than a photo-documentary,

or a poetry book, and it is deeper than a historical

perspective, Living the Life is history in the making

- a history that can open the pipes and blast down

highways at the speed of light.

MarySusan Williams-Migneault



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