Hell on Wheels: An Illustrated History of Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs

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DIVA gripping history of outlaw motorcycle club culture from its beginnings to the present day./divDIV/divDIVIn a world where most of us roll over when confronted by the power of authority, the antihero figure of the outlaw biker stands beyond the crowd, a beacon of social freedom. By choosing to live outside of society’s conventions, the one-percenter has the inner strength to act on his own convictions. Though most of us are too timid to venture into these outer margins of society, the one-percenter not only enters those margins—he stomps on them. In Hell on Wheels, avid motorcyclist Bill Hayes dives deep into the world of the outlaw motorcyclist, exploring legendary clubs like the Hells Angels, the Bandidos, the Outlaws, the Vagos, the Pagans, the Mongols, and many others, allowing the reader to peer into motorcycle club culture. Featuring both modern and historical photos, as well as a rare collection of club memorabilia found in no other publication, Hell on Wheels traces the roots and development of motorcycle club culture: its origins in the years following World War II; the turbulent 1960s and the disco era; the transition of clubs from loose groups of hooligans to highly organized machines; and, more recently, the copious clashes with law enforcement amid the post-9/11 world of the Patriot Act. The one-percenter has become one of the most popular figures in outlaw culture, and Hell on Wheels is his story./div
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DIVBill Hayes is an avid motorcyclist whose articles, columns, and fiction have been published in Easyriders, Thunder Press, and Biker magazines. His column in Real Blues magazine has run for many years, and several of his feature articles on martial arts have appeared in Black Belt magazine. Bill writes passionately about the things he loves and knows best: motorcycles, the blues, and martial arts.
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Motorbooks
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Published on
Apr 15, 2014
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9781627881432
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Language
English
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Genres
Transportation / Motorcycles / History
Transportation / Motorcycles / Pictorial
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Learn the real stories behind legendary events in motorcycle outlaw history. Pretty much everything the world has ever heard about one-percenter motorcycle clubs has been pure, unadulterated bullshit. Take the so-called Hollister riot of 1947 that started it all. LIFE magazine convinced America that what Hunter Thompson called "The Menace" was about to ride into town spewing rage and 30-weight motor oil, and America believed it. So what really happened in Hollister? Greatest One-Percenter Myths, Mysteries, and Rumors Revealed divulges the truth about that incident and many more legendary events, including Charles Manson's desire for a biker army, what really happened to the Easy Rider bikes, and an examination of the mystery of the Waco shootings. The truth will be revealed, but only if you crack the spine on this book and read the real story. Topics covered in this book include the following: Lost Lore of the Laughlin River Run The Straight Satans and Charles Manson Inside the Heads of the Infiltrators The Growth of the Three-Piece Patch in Red China The Mystery of the Easy Rider Bikes Blunders Down Under Women in the Wild: Mamas, Sheep, Ol' Ladies, and Lies Purple Wings: Codes, Secrets, and Anti-Everything Acronyms The Holiness of Hollister, the Sins of the Scribes The Strange Rise and Fall of Japan's Bosozoku Putin's Angels: Throwing the Separation of MC and State to the Wolves Who Really Hatched Easy Rider? Confessions of Murder on National Television "Can You Guys Ride?": Giving the Cast of Sons of Anarchy Their Keys Waco: The Biggest Mystery of All
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