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
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.
This is a great biography. Sonny Barger didn't hold back on the dark side of the members of the HAMC. They were a rough bunch and did some rough things, but he made it clear they never organized crime. Whether you believe him or not, this was well written and very enjoyable, but I'm not letting my kids listen to it.
This book is a great story of wild times, rides, and trips with a wild man. This isn't a kicking in the door feds bs about a gang its the honest story of a man and club.
This book is amazing when I'm going threw hard times it helps me to listen to this book and analyze how I'm going to change the cores I'm on. My only wish is that more of Mr. Sonny's books where on audible.
pretty good. very informative about hells angels and bikers. seemed a little biased when the hells angels or sonny himself was charged with crimes but overall a good book
"Compelling and insightful"
As someone born into an outlaw way of life, much of this book struck a chord. More so, however was the frank and unapologetic way in which Sonny told his tale. Brilliantly narrated, I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone with even a vague interest in MC's and the bike culture.
Week narrated, well written story of a legend. If you are a biker you will understand, if you are not you will still enjoy what is a captivating story of how one man chose to live his life differently against insurmountable odds and did better than survive. He triumphed.
What an amazing life Sonny has had. Helped me appreciate how lucky I am to ride a chopper.
"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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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.
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