One Percenter: The Legend of the Outlaw Biker

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MBI Publishing Company, May 8, 2010 - Transportation - 288 pages
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DIVDIVFrom the editor-in-chief of Easyriders magazine, One Percenter presents an unprecedented social analysis of American outlaw biker culture./divDIV /divDIVA longtime biker and self-proclaimed nonconformist, Dave Nichols is not a subtle man. “Bikers are the last wolves in a land of sheep,” he affirms—but the motivations of today’s biking culture stretch far back into the annals of human history. One Percenter: The Legend of the Outlaw Biker illuminates the origins of rebel mentality, which began far outside of cycling: with groups from the Mongols and Huns to the Vikings, from pirates to the gunslingers of the Old West. In his signature no-nonsense style, Nichols traces his own defiant mindset from ancient times all the way into the modern era, where this one-percenter perspective is best embodied by outlaw bikers. As biographical as it is insightful, One Percenter also touches on the iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle, gives a brief history of Easyriders magazine, and unapologetically criticizes the U.S. media for what Nichols views as a biased, unfairly negative portrayal of motorcycle clubs. Complete with an exclusive collection of photographs taken by Kim Peterson, editor of In The Wind magazine, this book offers a fascinating and analytical discussion of the rebel ethos that has become a staple of American popular culture./div/div
 

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Contents

MOTORCYCLE MAVERICKS
7
CHAPTER 1 THE SEEDS OF REBELLION
13
CHAPTER 2 AMERICAN REBELS
47
CHAPTER 3 BIRTH OF THE ONE PERCENTER
79
CHAPTER 4 THE WILD ONES
117
CHAPTER 5 THERE ARE NO GANGS
145
CHAPTER 6 EASYRIDERS
161
CHAPTER 7 WORLDWIDE OUTLAWS
179
CHAPTER 8 THE HARLEY CONNECTION
205
CHAPTER 9 THE REBEL IN ALL OF US
229
CHAPTER 10 MARKETING THE REBEL
257
CHAPTER 11 BEYOND HERE THERE BE DRAGONS
275
INDEX
287
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Dave Nichols is the editor in chief of Easyriders and V-Twin magazines and has been instrumental in getting chopper builders on television. He is an avid rider and one of the most enthusiastic supporters of custom bike builders in the entire motorcycle industry. He is the author of the best-selling Motorbooks titles Top Chops: Master Chopper Builders and Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman.

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