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Hell's Angel: The Autobiography Of Sonny Barger

Hell's Angel: The Autobiography Of Sonny Barger [Kindle Edition]

Ralph "Sonny" Barger , Keith Zimmerman , Kent Zimmerman
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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.

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.


The founder of the "Hell's Angels" motorcycle club looks back on four decades of mayhem, flower power, and pop culture stardom, recalling the key events that shaped the club's rise to fame and fortune.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (13 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012OYBOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not a nice guy! 21 July 2001
On recent holiday, I read this book - partly as a holiday read and also because I ride a Harley-Davidson. I read a lot of biographies and many times get inspiration from the main characters; I always look for something in someone to take with me when I've finished the book.
Sonny Barger's "party and ride" approach to life seems to have been at the expense of everybody else - however, he tells it as it was and his no holds barred approach is at least honest if not commendable. He's no Heaven's Angel - that's for sure. I felt that throughout the book, Sonny should somehow apologise for his drug-using, police-hating, brawling, bullying lifestyle - but I knew we wouldn't get this. I think the only thing he regrets is smoking so many Camels.
I found the book jumped around a lot and also assumed that the reader already knew a lot about HAMC (which I didn't). Many characters made brief appearances and it was sometimes hard to follow whom they were. There is genuine sadness at the loss of so many of his comrades.
I would recommend this book to others who want to get inside the mind of hell raisers like Sonny.
As for taking something from this book? In a fight, Sonny is definitely the kind of guy you want on your side. If he is your "brother" - then your enemies are his, doesn't matter what the cause of enmity is about. The Army probably blew its chances of winning the Vietnam War when they kicked him out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book comes accross as being a true account of the times and events and what it was like being not only a member of the HAMC but a leader of the HAMC. If a total outsider was to read this book I find it hard to imagine that they would understand the way that bikers look after their own kind, there is no other culture on this planet that has the same commitment to looking after each other and if you can try to understand that at least a little bit, then you would understand the passion that the people in the book had about their life style and their bikes. The subject is very serious but it's been put over in a way most people can understand and smile at, if you have an open mind and let people get on with their lives when they are doing you no harm, then I think you would enjoy the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 81 ways you will like this 13 Oct 2010
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This is a great dycotomy of the life and times of a Hells Angel told by the grandfather of this great brotherhood. Although at times it seems a little too 'American gung ho' it is a superb book and well worth the read though I confess that I preferred Sonny's "Credos - Freedom of the Road" better though that is more of a handbook on how to live your life by a moral code whereas this is a history of the Hells Angels. If you are at all curious or support the Red & White then buy it, you won't regret it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the Pace 13 May 2004
You will hear the throaty roar and feel the vigration of a good road machine as you cruise past these pages about a real life leader of the pack.
The motorcycle club subculture has been an important theme in Hollywood (from The Wild One to Easy Rider) and in recordings (the song, Leader of the Pack). Everyone who sees the Hell's Angels has an opinion about what is going on, yet few have had a first hand relationship with a member. This book gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it was like for Oakland's leader of the pack, one of the first branches of the Hell's Angels.
I grew up in San Bernardino (Berdoo in the book) which was an even earlier branch of the Hell's Angels than was Oakland's group. Some people I went to high school with joined the Hell's Angels. We all heard many stories about the group, and what went on. We treated these people with extreme caution and gave them a wide berth.
The book brings out an ethos of freedom (the open road) combined with a masculine emphasis on being respected and being loyal to friends. At the same time, there is an underlying sense of the frontier marshall, wanting to clean up those who were challenging law and order. Behind that there is a disregard for the rules most of us follow, whether in speed, drugs, theft, or violence.
This book is filled with deaths, injuries, and destruction. The Hell's Angels live in a dangerous world, and that doesn't bother them. What would bother them is not following their code of ethics.
Having read about all of the things the Hell's Angels are supposed to have done in the last 50 or so years, it is interesting to hear it from the other side.
Although you probably won't want to emulate Sonny Barger in too many ways, you'll certainly never forget him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read. 17 Feb 2005
a really good read well written too I just kept on turning the pages, I've always had an intrest in the HAMC but never thought anything I read about them was a totally honest or unprejudice view from the author.
Sonny Barger finally sheds some light on the subject and for the first time I believe what is written on the HA because it's done by one the ex-President no less. who is surprisingly quick witted and intelligent I might add. I can't wait for his next book "Dead in 5 heartbeats" which I'm ordering here right now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real to life Billy the Kid! Superb!! 23 Aug 2001
An outstanding insight into the real Hells Angels through the eyes of the man himself Sonny Barger.A thoroughly enjoyable book with no bars held. As it was and as it is, straight to the point.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Where's my Harley???
Great book, a good insight to how it all began. A must for any keen biker. Where's my Harley??? AFFA
Published 1 month ago by Harry Preshur
5.0 out of 5 stars Hells Angel with a heart
Sonny Barger is a real man with a big heart and a loyal comrade to all that rode with him. For those of you like myself who love motorcycles and everything about motorcycles this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by allan watkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars What a life
This Guys had a pretty full life, apart from being the founder of the Hells Angels, good interesting read, fascinating
Published 4 months ago by W. C. Woodley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Read it you will enjoy it. Life in the fast lane wow well written not much else to say really.
Published 5 months ago by Lucinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Didn't really know much about Sonny Barger until I read this book. Makes for interesting reading, about the Oakland chapter and his life in it - parties, motorbike runs, drugs and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Martin Shipway
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
bought to read on holiday,quite a boring read,infact did'nt finish it,thought it was going to be one of those never put down reads but was very dissapointed
Published 6 months ago by Phillip Daynes
4.0 out of 5 stars Good review of Sonny Barger's life
A lot of research went into this book & it was interesting.Attention to detail produced a good story about Sonny Barger
Published 8 months ago by Peter Trigwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good insight into Sonny Barger and the history of the Big Red...
Those of us interested in the creation and existence of he HA to this day will enjoy he book. Unlike the TV versions of the biker stories like The Sons of Anarchy, this book on the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by TonyF
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonny Barger Book
Wanted this to take me back as I read many many years ago. Still riding still supporting. Great book great buy
Published 10 months ago by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
All is revealed in this book. It's fascinating to read how the Hells Angels lived and to realise that it wasn't all trouble, but a bunch of guys who lived for their bikes. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Geoffrey Collins
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