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Exile on Front Street Audiobook

Exile on Front Street: My Life as a Hells Angel...and Beyond

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Publisher's Summary

After 40 years in the Hells Angels, George Christie was ready to retire. As president of the high-profile Ventura charter of the club, he had been the yin to Sonny Barger's yang. Barger was the reckless figurehead and de facto world leader of the Hells Angels. Christie was the negotiator, the spokesman, the thinker, the guy who smoothed things out. He was the one who carried the Olympic torch and counted movie stars, artists, rock musicians, and police chief captains among his friends. But leaving the Hells Angels isn't easy, and within two weeks of retirement, he was told he was "out bad" - blackballed by his fellow Angels, prohibited from wearing the club patch, and even told he should remove his Death Head tattoo.

Now Christie sets out to tell his story. Exile on Front Street is the tale of how a former marine gave up a comfortable job with the Department of Defense and swore allegiance to the Hells Angels. In this revealing, hard-hitting memoir, he recounts his life as an outlaw biker with the world's most infamous motorcycle club.

©2016 George Christie (P)2017 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Christie articulately defends his outlaw code, which he adhered to at great personal cost." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Nate B. 05-13-17
    Nate B. 05-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "very enjoyable"

    the narration was a little nerdy sounding, but it grows on you. i liked how the timeline stayed linear. didnt want it to end.

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    Parris J Kitt TYLER, TX, US 05-09-17
    Parris J Kitt TYLER, TX, US 05-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Strong....Great Story"

    I believe George Christie gives an honest account of his life as a Hells Angel, and the events that took place during his time with them. As a motorcycle lover, Harley rider, and one who lives life a bit against the grain – I could not stop listening to this interesting story.

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    Greeny 08-24-17
    Greeny 08-24-17 Member Since 2017

    I take a lot of time selecting a book. When I'm not able to follow along, I return the book and get a new one.

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    "Unexpectedly warmed up to this author!"

    I think this is probably the best biker book overall. In my opinion the narrator, Joe Barrett, is way better than the narrator of Sonny Barger's book. Audible has included Barrett in its best narrator lists for good reason.

    A lot of people will want to compare George Christie to Sonny Barger. Each is a leader and highly intelligent, but in different ways. Barger articulates in the fewest words the benefits of being a biker, and he's very even-handed and tolerant of fellow Hell's Angels. Christie has the ability to come into an existing organization and work through all the internal conflict and confrontation to manage the big issues, setting the organization on a sustainable long-term path.

    In this book (I hope George Christie writes more books), the author explains how the various biker gangs/clubs actually operate. This is different from Barger's viewpoint, as Barger focuses on the mystique and philosophy behind the lifestyle. Christie, on the other hand, tells us what a biker home normally looks like and in detail how people are expected to act based on their roles.

    Christie explains how he originally saw the issues that motorcycle gang charters face. He understood that standing up to higher ranked members from the start set him on the path toward leadership. A lot of this has to do with rules of governance in such an organization. Christie believed strongly in the rule of biker law within the gang as opposed to the rule of personalities.

    The reason I like Christie so much is he had an early epiphany that had he been born in Chicago, he'd probably be a member of the Outlaws, a national rival to Hell's Angels. He saw the bikers from the various gangs as being cut from the same cloth, so no reason to continue killing each other. Christie was a peacemaker. That not only made rational sense but led to a fair amount of financial gain for lots of bikers who were ambitious enough to take advantage of the peace, though nothing on the order of mafia profits.

    Another reason I like Christie is he ran some legit businesses and valued a family life, a kind of contradiction to the lifestyle. He allowed himself to be available to law enforcement so that the public peace could prevail at critical times. He seems squared away, responsible. I believe I would have wanted him as a neighbor.

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    robert joe reynolds 07-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "eye opener"

    a real inside look of life in an outlaw club.... no sugar coating it... a must-read

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    Bryon 07-13-17
    Bryon 07-13-17 Member Since 2012
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    The true life of a leader, warrior, peace maker, and possibly the last true old school outlaw. Mr Christie brings you inside his world intr

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    "Great book."

    Book is very real, good insight to the angels from anothers point of view other rgan Sonny Barger.

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    Daniel 04-01-17
    Daniel 04-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I bought a Honda Shadow."

    as I read this, I bought a motorcycle. maybe just a coincidence, but keep that in mind before purchase.

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    D. Lichtenstein 03-29-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Honest, informative and well done."

    A wonderful read (listen). A very open and honest memoir, well written with the perfect narration. I feel like I know Mr. Christie, at least I would like to meet him. A true peace seeker in a world of those looking for anything but peace. Thank you for a great book!

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    Ewenanne 03-13-17
    Ewenanne 03-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating and Heart-warming"

    I've always held a fascination about MC's and The Angel's in particular. Having lived in CA, I was witness to several members riding by on many an occasion. Mr. Christie"s account gives a strong glimpse to the lifestyle and creedo. For a while there, I romanticised an MC lifestyle. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

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    Tony 03-03-17
    Tony 03-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    Don't want to stop
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