New York: William Morrow / HarperCollins, 2000.
First Edition. Hardcover.
First Edition, First Printing.
Jacket description: Everything the public thinks it knows about the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) comes from law enforcement, Hollywood B-movies, tabloid exposes, or exaggerated "I was there" testimonials. In this work, quintessential Angel Sonny Barger tells the story of the Hell’s Angels with honesty and candor--straight from the source.
Hell's Angel provides a fascinating all-access pass to the secret world of the notorious HAMC, recounting the birth of the original Oakland Hell's Angels and the four turbulent, tumultuous decades that followed. It features a cast of colorful fellow "one-percenters" like Terry the Tramp, Charlie Magoo, and all those who rode alongside Barger throughout the years. 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.
Barger recounts his relentless battles against government efforts to destroy the HAMC, explains what happened in the standoff between the Hell's Angels and the 1960s antiwar elite, and tells the real story behind the infamous 1969 Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Raceway, an epochal moment that came to symbolize the end of the sixties. Barger embodies values uniquely American: personal liberty on the open highway, beating the odds, staying on top, and never backing down.
Barger's stories highlight the triumphs as well as the tragedies of his life: battles with law enforcement, incarceration, throat cancer, love and marriage, and the biker life--still crazy after all these years. And Hell's Angel doesn't gloss over heated topics such as violence, drugs, and the strong women who always stood behind Barger and the club. 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.Item #901456
6-1/4 x 9-1/4", black paper over boards, viii, 259pp, afterword, fully illustrated with photographs.
Mild crimping to heel of spine, fine in lightly rubbed dust wrapper and protective mylar.