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Hells Angel is a very brutal, honest book, and isn't for the politically sensitive or those who want a romantic account of post-war American subcultural life. It is, however, a fascinating story of Barger's life and scrapes. Growing up in Oakland, northern California, Barger was kicked out of the army for enlisting underage, and then set up his own Hell' s Angels in , with the sole intention "to party and ride". The use of Nazi regalia, the fights, the booze, the parties and the "old ladies" of the s give way to the darker side of the Angels, with charges of beatings, kidnappings, murders and drug dealing in the s all of which Barger has been charged with at some time or another, as his helpful appendix of arrests, "The Rap-Up". The later stages of the book are as Barger admits "one big blurry court trial" as the police tried to nail him for conspiracy throughout the s, but the most interesting moments come with Barger's vivid and often scathing accounts of Hunter S Thompson, Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, Jack Nicholas, and Mick Jagger, during the infamous Rolling Stones concert at Altamont in Hell's Angel is quite a story, and told by quite a survivor. Hell's Angels Hunter S Thompson.
Thompson , first published in by Random House. It was widely lauded for its up-close and uncompromising look at the Hells Angels motorcycle club, during a time when the gang was highly feared and accused of numerous criminal activities. The New York Times described Thompson's portrayal as "a world most of us would never dare encounter. It was Thompson's first published book and his first attempt at a nonfiction novel. Thompson took the job and the article, published about a month later, prompted book offers from several publishers interested in the topic. Thompson spent the next year preparing for the new book in close quarters with the Hells Angels, in particular the San Francisco and Oakland chapters of the club and their president Ralph "Sonny" Barger. Thompson was upfront with the Angels about his role as a journalist, a dangerous move given their marked distrust of reporters from what the club considered to be bad press.