Free Read: Evel Knievel On Tour – The Book That Made Knievel Freak And Take A Bat To The Author

Free Read: Evel Knievel On Tour – The Book That Made Knievel Freak And Take A Bat To The Author

We have been over this about 100 times but I like to read. As such I am usually looking for something to chew up and from time to time, I get stuck on searches for books I have heard about but have never seen. Those searches usually end up fruitless because the books are unobtanium or they are big money that I am not willing to spend. This is the first time I have ever had a search where the end result is reading the book I could never find for free and you can too.

The book in question is called Evel Knievel on Tour and it was written by Shelon (Shelly) Saltman who, in the 1970s was one of the biggest hustlers, promoters, and self-admitted con-men in the entertainment business. This is not to say that he stole things but he was a publicity man, a hype guy, and someone you wanted to use if your event was to make a big splash. Saltman was hired as the point man for the promotion of the ultimately failed Evel Knievel Snake River Jump and the book is the story of him spending every waking minute with Knievel for weeks to promote the event and sell both tickets and a live closed circuit TV show about it.

It is also the book that caused Knievel to find Saltman after it was published and take a baseball bat to him. Seriously. That’s why I wanted to read this thing. What kind of stuff could be in a book that’s so gnarly you’d take an aluminum bat to a guy and got to jail for?! The book is full of honesty, which you’ll learn was pretty ugly at times.

A quick 208 pages, the book is scanned beautifully and it is as easy as scrolling down the page to chew up the words. Saltman pulls no punches and the thing really is a page turner.

The reason this book is impossible to find is that the publisher pulled it off the shelves after Knievel’s lawyers threatened to bury the company in a blizzard of lawsuits. There are very few remaining copies but for whatever reason, the person at the link below beautifully scanned every page and you can read it for free there. An unflinching and up close picture of one of the 1970s most famous people.

The book cover is the link — THIS IS A BIG TIME PAGE TURNER!

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4 thoughts on “Free Read: Evel Knievel On Tour – The Book That Made Knievel Freak And Take A Bat To The Author

  1. Clarence Sifton

    Good read, actually saw Evel jump 18 Mack trucks at the Canadian National Exhibition in 1974 just before his canyon jump. He was one of a kind and burned a lot of money up in a short time and probably passed on prematurely from his professional antics.

  2. Loren

    Cool find, an amusing read for sure. Back when, Evel was giving every nice church boy the picture that they needed to act like him or somebody who did was going to come along and take their girl. I myself didn’t stop practicing wheelie-ing my bicycle until I could go a full block and as I was no athlete that took some doing. However, his status dropped many notches at the “jump” failure, children who could build properly-functioning model rockets as was common then were not impressed by the full-scale debacle after all that hype. Much later I would know a guy who spent a bunch of money machining booze canes and sent one to him hoping to get an endorsement…Mr. Knievel never replied but kept the cane, it was seen on TV. My question was “You weren’t surprised, were you?” and it was all good for a chuckle.

  3. Piston Pete

    I’ve never read a book on my computer before and probably won’t again, but it was interesting and well done. Thanks to Brian for finding and posting it. Another reason BangShift is my favorite website.

  4. Tracy Hoggard

    Thank you for sharing this post and letting us know about this book. I like biographies and self-experience books. Being a freelance writer I have to read different kinds of books, articles, and journals for writing on different topics. Recently, I have read ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (you can check this webpage to find some thought on this story). We should read more in order to know more, but selecting books is an important issue when you want to read some books for learning. Thanks again for sharing this post!

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