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.
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.
©2001 Sonny Barger Productions (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
It's a history lesson , an autobiography and an adventure. Ever wondered why they do what they do ? Then this is a great book for you !
I actually had more respect for Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels before reading this book. The book is merely comprised of first hand recollections of the trials, tribulations and growing pains of a criminal organization which I fully expected before buying this book. What I didn't expect was Mr. Barger playing the wrongly accused innocent victim stance on most of the legal actions taken against the club in a supposed unjust legal environment. However, I continued reading the book with an open mind until the recollection of the infamous Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway, California. Barger actually attempted to justify the stabbing murder of Meredith Hunter at the hands of Hell's Angels members by placing the blame on the band and the venue instead of the hands of those with the knives. I would have had more respect for the man if he would have fessed up to the wrongdoings instead of pushing the blame off on others. In a nutshell, were it not for an amazing streak of luck and legal technicalities, Sonny Barger should be behind bars for life instead of whining about how he had been so unfairly pursued by authorities. Disappointing.
Yes. It was great to get an insiders take on the notorious Hells Angels club and understand what they're really all about.
I liked Sonny's no BS approach to to living life his way and becoming the leader of the most famous motorcycle gang in the world. He is also funny and it is like having a beer with him and just letting him talk about the experience and colourful members of the gang! I also laughed at the part where all the members were riding to a rally when they went through a small town and some lady saw them all coming and frantically picked up her kids and ran into the house!
Excellent narration of sonnys words. It is if sonny himself is doing the talking!
Hells Angels demystified!
Brotherhood and Sammy Barger are two sides of the same coin!
An excellent book, from an amazing man. It gives the history of the Hells Angels like only Sonny himself could tell it. He doesn't just talk about the good times. He's also reflects on the bad times with a no bullshit approach. I have personally read it 3 times and highly recommend it to any true biker out there! I've read it 3 times and will probably read it another time in the near future
The inside look of truth that can only be told by the HA is great. The pursuit of freedom, brotherhood and a love of riding is the something many can relate too. The narration was good not great just good but the story was outstanding.
This was a good book to listen to. The reader did a fine job capturing the tone of the story. There are multiple claims of originality that it would have helped Sonny's story if he were able to show proof of some of his claims. i would recommend the story to anyone who would like a quick view into the motorcycle gang lifestyle.
It's interesting to hear the story from the person who lived it. I don't think this is the complete story I don't think you will ever know the complete story . the simple fact that you didn't go through what he went through means you haven't earned the right to hear it. All in all pretty interesting if you like motorcycles or outlaw biker groups of any kind.
I have always found The Hells Angels and the media circus that surrounds them fascinating so it was great to be able to get the true account straight from the mouth, and hear the other side of the story.
"Mundane and self obsessed diatribe."
No, definitely not. Not very entertaining, rather self indulgent book not really engaging and it drones on far too much. Wasted a good few hours listening to it, waiting for it to excite... And that didn't happen
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