Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club

Hell s Angel The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell s Angels Motorcycle Club The only authorized authentic book about the Hell s Angels Motorcycle Club by founding member Sonny Barger featuring a brand new introductionNarrated by the visionary founding member Hell s Angel p

  • Title: Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club
  • Author: Ralph Barger Keith Zimmerman Kent Zimmerman
  • ISBN: 9780060937546
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • The only authorized, authentic book about the Hell s Angels Motorcycle Club by founding member, Sonny Barger featuring a brand new introductionNarrated 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 AngelsThe only authorized, authentic book about the Hell s Angels Motorcycle Club by founding member, Sonny Barger featuring a brand new introductionNarrated 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.Dozens of photos, including many from private collections and from noted photographers, provide visual documentation to this extraordinary tale 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.

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    1. Ralph Barger Keith Zimmerman Kent Zimmerman

      Ralph Hubert Sonny Barger born October 8, 1938 is a founding member 1957 of the Oakland, California, U.S chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club He is also the author of five books Hell s Angel The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell s Angels Motorcycle Club 2000 , Dead in 5 Heartbeats 2004 , Freedom Credos from the Road 2005 , 6 Chambers, 1 Bullet 2006 , and Let s Ride Sonny Barger s Guide to Motorcycling 2010 and editor of the book Ridin High, Livin Free Hell Raising Motorcycle Stories 2003.Source enpedia wiki Sonny_B

    388 thoughts on “Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club”

    1. This book is listed on GR with the main page genre of 'autobiography'. That didn't feel completely accurate. It felt more like a 'history' of the how the Hell's Angels in Oakland came to be and how they were organized. It contained some interesting facts and even answered some of the questions I've always had. The author did mention his 'early life' circumstances, but it done in a way of an explanation of how he ended up where he did. I listened to the audio, and while I can't fault anything he [...]


    2. The Angel story told by the longtime president of the Oakland chapter. Bold and informative stuff, one would think, right? Wrong. Barger seems to be not only the most taciturn and non-introspective memorialist ever, but just plain dumb. He tells the reader nothing about what he feels, thinks, opines, or even guesses about any of the events of his life. Why did he rise to become leader of the Angels – not how, but why? What’s special about him? The book doesn’t reveal the answer.What does h [...]


    3. I like Barger. He's a blue-collar, no-shit guy from nowhere who became someone by virtue of simply being who he was. I have to admire that.I don't admire some of the stuff he did in his life, but the book is like listening to one long and terrific tale from a guy you happen to start talking to in a bar, only to find out at the end of it that holy crap, yes, he's *that* guy. There's nothing false about him - he simply serves it to you, in his voice and from his point of view. Honestly, out of the [...]


    4. I read this book in one weekend, which means that it was captivating enough to keep me turning the pages, and the simplicity of the oral style didn't hold things up either. I'm no biker, but I am keenly interested in the alternative lifestyles and subcultures of the 60's, and the iconic legend of the HAMC is an obvious object of curiosity and fascination. The fact that the events are told from an Angel's point of view,(and not just any Angel but Barger himself) rather than that of a journalist o [...]


    5. I feel like I really I know Sonny Barger after reading Hell's Angels. Even though he is a convicted felon, drug runner, and violent man he really does seem like a stand up guy. The best way I could describe Sonny after reading his autobiography would be as a very loyal and honest friend. The founder of the world wide motorcycle club the " Hell's Angels" and the founder of a world wide brother hood, Sonny created an expansive sanctuary for those who wanted to be part of something. Regardless of S [...]


    6. As a general rule, I stay away from autobiographies simply because I feel that it’s absolutely impossible to be objective about the subject of oneself. That said, there are of course a few exceptions…only, this book is not one of them but I have my reasons nonetheless.The biggest reason is that I have some personal history with Sonny that is admittedly a few degrees removed from myself. As a teenager, Sonny apparently would eat dinner over at my grandparent’s house who lived on E. 25th St. [...]


    7. I suffered through the first 2/3 of the book about how badass Sonny Barger (president of the Hell's Angels) thinks he is. It was 150+ pages about beating people, earning respect, loyalty, and brotherhood. Boiling it all down it seemed to be hundreds of men who can't handle the masses of alcohol and drugs they ingest. Finally, by the last 3rd of the book I found it interesting and not so juvenile. The government and media fascination with the Hell's Angels was interesting. I had no idea about the [...]


    8. Sonny Barger's memoir of his life dedicated to the cause of the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club is somewhat interesting, but poorly written, a bit on the redundant side and all-to-brief when Barger goes into some episode of violence/sex/philosophy of the biker that I wanted to know more on. He should of really juiced this up and gave even more sex and violence and given an insider's tour of what it's really like to live the "outlaw" biker lifestyle that he gripes about non-stop in the pages of the [...]


    9. I'm giving it 4 stars mainly because it's a dangerous subject written by an insider & founder. Barger ' s writing style could definitely be more warm & forthcoming, many key details or depth are missing. This is certainly not a tell-all book by any means but does include quite a few juicy tidbits, mostly involving deceased members.Having been involved in one 9 what Barger called the big 4 (Outlaws) myself, I'm actually amazed this book exists at all. MC's are closed societies like the Ea [...]


    10. An interesting look at the history and development of the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club. Sonny Barger is a charismatic writer who keeps you glued to the pages with his wild adventures. It does shy away from much of the criminal element of the One-Percenter world and instead focuses on the heart and origin of outlaw Motorcycle Clubs. I think it is good at showing the true intention behind the formation of those older clubs as well as tell a lot of funny, crazy, and the sometimes very sad storie [...]


    11. Hell's Angel, more or less, is the story of Ralph "Sonny" Barger, the leader of the notorious motorcycle group known as The Hell's Angels. Throughout the book Barger describes the inner workings of the motorcycle club, giving the reader a captivating, as well as extremely disturbing, idea of what the life of the most serious of motorcyclists is like. Undoubtedly, Hell's Angel will show you that the Hell's Angel's stand out among all other motorcycle gangs when it comes to the dedication to a gro [...]


    12. The life and times of Sonny Barger was a fascinating book that started with Sonny's true adventures of him riding across the country to different book signings for another book that he has written. This book quells many myths about how the Hell's Angels are out to hurt people and cause anarchy, but how most of the Gang are just normal people that love to ride and have a great time with friends. Sure, while most of the gang are not perfect role models, they aren't cold blooded killers that our so [...]


    13. Interesting history book. There have been lots of books about biker gangs esp. Hell's Angels by Hunter Thompson but this is done by Sonny Barger who founded the Hell's Angels motorcycle club. By the way Barger points to Thompson as a chickenshit and his book being fantasy crap. The Hell's Angels beat the daylights out of Thompson after his book was released and sent him packing. I think for me what was most interesting was getting the viewpoint of what for the most part are very violent thugs. I [...]


    14. I had hoped for more. More sex, more drugs, more wild details. Sure, he mentioned all of those things but there were absolutely no juicy details. The only times he gave details were when he was arrested (I guess that makes sense seeing as the cops know those details already so it can't get him in trouble with the law if he gives details about what happened in any situation.) I am sort of glad that I read it. I was interested when he talked about his cancer and about his women. All of the talk of [...]


    15. Sonny tells it like it is in this book, at least as much as is possible in a book about an organization surround by so much criminal activity. I was amused by how "Hollywood" the Hell's Angels were. Sonny's "job" was as a technical consultant for biker movies, and he held press conferences. You would think a group involved in so much crime would shun the limelight as much as possible, but it seems like we're all attracted to fame like moths to a flame.It was interesting to me on one hand how sel [...]


    16. Knygelė apie Hell's Angel's baikerių klubą, jo istoriją, nuotaikingam skaitymui prieš miegą: apie audringą gyvenimą, žudynes, narkotikus, seksą ir kalėjimą, o svarbiausia - laisvę, kai sėdi ant motociklo ir važiuoji kur akys neša, kas gali būti geriau, kai tuo metu gali pabėgti net nuo savęsKaip sakė Lietuvos HD klubo prezidentas, knyga neatspindi viso klubo žiaurumo, nes angelų vengia net pasaulio HD klubų nariai. Galima įsivaizduoti, kaip JAV farai bandė susidoroti su [...]


    17. Got this book for free and I had a riot reading it. I think that Sonny Barger actually took his adventures in the motorcycle club seriously. He does believe that he is a well loved American Icon (even though I had never heard of him) and that the cops are out to get him. He believes that by riding his motorcycle and making a lot of money off of this book he is protecting America, and America equals freedom. That said, I read the book as a big fat joke, and appreciated that he did not make any mo [...]


    18. This was a very weird and random read for me. (Bought for $1 at a used book sale.) But, surprisingly, I found myself pretty engrossed throughout. Albeit obviously biased (written by the leader of the Hell's Angels), I admit that I knew zilch about them beforehand and now can say I know more than zilch, from the group's perspective. Testosterone on steroids, frat boys gone wild, a good old boys club doing really bad thingswhatever. I'm reminded of how much us human beings seek to belong to someth [...]


    19. Jesus Christ Man! What can you say about the man that has not already been said. He was a son of a bitch and I love him. Fascinating read that gets you excited about hooliganism. I can't say that I would want to hang out with Thompson, but I probably would have loved it. His relationship with the good Doctor is probably the only reason to envy Johnny Depp. To the book, well, it is just an exciting and detailed peek into the lives of men so free that we will likely never know how on the fringe of [...]


    20. A small part of the life and times of Sonny Barger and HAMC, from his point of view. After reading the book I can tell for sure three things:- he is a tough, smart, energetic and charismatic asshole;- he is cosmetically enhancing his side of the story, leaving aside details that would disgust people (he's good PR also);- he can't write. The book is barely passable although it is written with two guys who apparently are doing it for a living (they wrote for some mobster and for the Mythbusters gu [...]


    21. An interesting read because it provides a counterpoint to the works of Hunter Thompson and Stanley Booth's "Dance With the Devil" segments about the Rolling Stones at Altamont. Sonny Barger comes off media-savvy and often surprisingly charming and funny, though there are many moments in the book that history, documentary footage, court documents, other reportage and etc. just don't bear out. That said, it's a good read, and his insights on motorcycles are sometimes surprising (The Hell's Angels [...]


    22. Another great read.Forget what you know or what you think you know about the Hell's Angels.This is the true story from a founding member and iconic leader of the most famous Biker gang in history.Learn how and why the Angels were formed from the charismatic Sonny Barger.Sonny's story is entertaining and informative. Never dull.I read this book in less than a week as I couldn't put it down


    23. WOW !!!Ralph " Sonny " Barger has a few amazing talents. First as an true outlaw Biker. Second is ability to tell an Amazing story of his up and down life. With the Wrap-Sheet of multiple people combined he is a true man's man. He tells his story without pulling punches and tells the truth no matter who it hurts. I don't ride yet but I plan to. If you want to see how a hard life is read this man's book it is definitely worth the price.




    24. This is yet another book I grabbed in the discount section of Half Price Books while looking for nonfiction books my AP Lang students might enjoy. Aside from the famous stabbing at Atlamont and the fact that I was pretty sure the MC “Sons of Anarchy” were modeled after were the Hell’s Angels, I knew next to nothing about the club before reading this book. Growing up in California, I’d heard of the Hell’s Angels. I’d even seen some riding in the highways from time to time. But since I [...]


    25. Me he quedado a medias con las memorias de el líder de los "Ángeles del infierno" en los años 60. Lo más entretenido son sus andanzas en la cárcel, las normas del club y el relato de lo ocurrido en el festival de Altamont durante el concierto de los Rolling Stones. Lo demás es un poco repetitivo: hostias por aquí, navajazos por allá, compañeros muertos en accidentes de moto, juicios por un tubo, drogas a mogollón y lo cierto es que dicho así suena interesante, quizás esté contado de [...]


    26. Consigliato a veri appassionati.La storia di Sonny Barger, come sono nati gli Hell's Angels, la loro filosofia di vita, paragoni fra i vari modelli di motoInteressante dal punto di vista del contenuto, ma, non essendo un romanzo, un po' poco scorrevole e prolisso in alcuni punti, per questo lo consiglio a veri appassionati.


    27. Não sei se não gosto do livro ou do Sonny Barger, um completo imbecil. O livro até tem histórias interessantes (eu não sabia absolutamente nada sobre os hells angels), mas são superficiais e sem emoção. Talvez valha mais a pena ficar na fantasia dos filmes e as séries que o clube inspirou.


    28. Interesting book by Sonny Barger about his life, how he got into motorcycles and the beginning of the Hell's Angels mc. Also interesting look at Oakland and San Francisco in the late 60's and early 70's


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