On the lam with Steve McQueen

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SI_McQueen_1.jpgWhile we normally try to avoid joining the rest of the world in cashing in on Steve McQueen‘s image, this interview, from the August 23, 1971 issue of Sports Illustrated, is just too good to not share. Utterly devoid of the crushing sense of self consciousness that defines postmodern media, the magazine is free to indulge in a raging man crash both visually and in prose. We’d never get away with running shirtless shots of a male idol in a men’s magazine in 2010 just like describing a mountain as “a dying brontosaurus” would elicit nothing but groans. McQueen’s stories, too, are devoid of the hyperbole and myth necessary to give today’s leading men the illusion of manhood. Here’s the interview in its entirety. >

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  • Lemurpilot

    It would be so damn cheesy if it wasn’t the 70′s and goddamn Steve McQueen. Thanks for sharing this, sharing a pre-redbull sticker plastered gore fest that is today.

  • Kidchampion

    “TOO good to not share” right?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Fixed. That’s what happens when Wes writes and publishes features at midnight.

  • PeteP

    I have that picture posted up in my garage. Awesome.

  • Scott

    While we normally try to avoid joining the rest of the world in cashing in on Steve McQueen’s image, this interview, from the August 23, 1971 issue of Sports Illustrated, is just too good to not share. Utterly devoid of the crushing sense of self consciousness that defines postmodern media, the magazine is free to indulge in a raging man crash both visually and in prose. We’d never get away with running shirtless shots of a male idol in a men’s magazine in 2010 just like describing a mountain as “a dying brontosaurus” would elicit nothing but groans. McQueen’s stories, too, are devoid of the hyperbole and myth necessary to give today’s leading men the illusion of manhood. Here’s the interview in its entirety.

    cliff notes? in Englsh… no metro English please.

  • W

    What the hell is a raging man crash?

  • Peter

    Thanks Donald Tehven for keeping this one around long enough for me to read!

    Wes and Grant, keep it up, I’ve enjoyed a number of features on your site recently.

    Peace,
    Peter

  • mototom

    great stuff guys, you never fail to amaze or annoy and both are almost equally enjoyable.

  • Mike

    Damn that’s awesome.