Hell's Angel: The Autobiography Of Sonny Barger

Front Cover
Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
8 Reviews

Narrated by the visionary founding member, Hell's Angel provides a fascinating all-access pass to the secret world of the notorious Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club. Sonny Barger recounts the birth of the original Oakland Hell's Angels and the four turbulent decades that followed. Hell's Angel also chronicles the way the HAMC revolutionized the look of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle and built what has become a worldwide bike-riding fraternity, a beacon for freedom-seekers the world over.

Dozens of photos, including many from private collections and from noted photographers, provide visual documentation to this extraordinary tale. Never simply a story about motorcycles, colorful characters, and high-speed thrills, Hell's Angel is the ultimate outlaw's tale of loyalty and betrayal, subcultures and brotherhood, and the real price of freedom.

 

Due to copyright restrictions, this eBook may not contain all of the images available in the print edition.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4
4 stars
2
3 stars
0
2 stars
2
1 star
0

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Good read
Love the book i was pissed to find no pics but the foot notes for them i want a refund Long live HAMC

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Hell's Angel: the life and times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels motorcycle club
Honor and Brotherhood. Respect Sonny, a true American original.

Contents

Muster to Custer
2
BlueCollar Oakland Jungle Jims and Ralph the Lumper
12
Sleeping in the Snake Pit
26
Harleys Choppers Full Dressers and Stolen Wheels
50
The Proud the Filthy Fewthe Hells Angels
68
Old Ladies Main Squeezes and the Maid of Livermore
98
The Sizzling AcidDrenched Sixties
120
Running Through the Jungle Porterville and Shooting Pool with an Automatic
140
Murder Mayhem Living Outside the Law
172
Locked Up and Low DownAngels on Ice
190
RICO My Assthe Law with the Funny Name
208
Rats InfilTraitors and Government Informants
230
Taz Kicks the Big C
240
Oakland in My Rearview Mirror Carefree Highway Through My Windshield
248
The RapUp
258
Copyright

Let It Bleed No Sympathy for the Devils of Altamont
160

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 64 - with clubs like ours. The Hell's Angels have a rule that with any bike riders who come over and party with us, you cannot steal their motorcycle if it's parked in front of the clubhouse or in front of a member's house. Now that's fair, isn't it? In 1967, three Angels, Big Al
Page 50 - Ride to live, Live to ride.' Yeah, right. As soon as the shit comes down, their bike is the first thing they sell. Sonny is the one who pushed the bike-riding lifestyle. There wasn't an outlaw type of lifestyle as there is today until he created it. —Oakland
Page 51 - of the GIs coming home from the Pacific who didn't want to return to some boring life in Indiana or Kentucky chose to stick around California. A motorcycle was a cheap mode of transportation, kind of dangerous and perfect for
Page 50 - always been crazy about motorcycles. When I was a kid, the Oakland motorcycle cops used to park in front of my house, waiting to catch drivers rolling the stop sign on the corner. Oakland Police Department cops rode Harleys and Indians, the latter a V-twin flathead. Man, I was in awe of their bikes. Even though I really didn't like cops, I'd walk up and talk
Page 57 - and more efficient overdrive. Motorcycles went to bigger motors (from eighty inches to eighty-eight to ninety-five) because riders like the Hell's Angels kept pushing for more. When the rubber meets the road, the yuppies and the RUBbers (rich urban bikers) will want what we want
Page 64 - up. I told them they'd crossed a thin line between right and wrong, so I made them return every bike. Actually, since they had
Page 57 - choppers” were born when we started taking the front fenders off our bikes, cutting off the back fender, and changing the handlebars. When you watch The Wild One, check out the bikes. Lee Marvin and his crew were riding Harleys and Indians with cut front fenders. They hadn't gone to smaller tanks or different wheels. When the Hell's Angels came along, we started taking our bikes apart, improving them and
Page 169 - department was slow to investigate the Altamont death because the Hell's Angels had some kind of arrangement after our presence at the 1965 VDC peace rally. There was even rumor in the press that
Page 124 - Our patriotic concern for what these people are doing to our great nation may provoke us to violent acts.

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2009)

Ralph "Sonny" Barger is the author of Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club. A master mechanic who has owned and operated his own bike shops, he currently lives in Arizona, where he rides every day.

Bibliographic information