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American Biker: The History, The Clubs, The Lifestyle, The Truth
     

American Biker: The History, The Clubs, The Lifestyle, The Truth

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by Bill Hayes
 

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American Biker: The History, The Clubs, The Lifestyle, The Truth is the long-awaited new work by Bill Hayes, author of the bestselling The Original Wild Ones: Tales of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club.

Expanding upon filmmaker Randall Wilson's documentary, American Biker, Hayes' book is perhaps the most comprehensive and introspective look at the biker world

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American Biker: The History, The Clubs, The Lifestyle, The Truth is the long-awaited new work by Bill Hayes, author of the bestselling The Original Wild Ones: Tales of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club.

Expanding upon filmmaker Randall Wilson's documentary, American Biker, Hayes' book is perhaps the most comprehensive and introspective look at the biker world ever compiled. American Biker, the book, takes the four elements of its subtitle-the history, the clubs, the lifestyle, and the truth-and delivers on each with powerful impact.

The History of the machine itself is there, of course, but more importantly, American Biker delivers a history of the motorcycle culture told from the inside; from those who have truly lived it.

The Clubs-the MC-are reverently explored with an honest voice that doesn't come from law enforcement infiltrators, snitches, money-oriented opportunists, biased media, or anyone else on the outside of the culture.

The Lifestyle-the image-is also examined; from the often fantasy-driven entertainment industry, to the weekend-warriors, to those who have truly made "all of this" a way of life.

And because it is written from the inside, The Truth on all issues and aspects of the biker world is never compromised-even when discussing controversial topics. From club politics to "Property of" patches, from cop clubs to racism, American Biker never backs down.

The "voices" of truth in American Biker include former United States Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell; Easyriders Europe Editor, Michael Stein; actor and biker Robert Patrick; Motorcycle Hall of Famers John "Rogue" Herlihy and Keith Ball; President of the mother chapter of the Hessians MC, "Spike"; longtime member and officer of the Vietnam Vets MC, "Popeye"; documentary filmmaker Randall Wilson; bikers "on the street," from Daytona to Sturgis to Hollister; and many, many more.

The voice of author Bill Hayes is also heard loudly throughout, as it relates years of personal experiences. As it decries media exploitation and distortion. As it lays bare the never-ending battles between law enforcement and bikers. And as it speaks with genuine emotion and pure love and respect for the biker culture.

American Biker is a must-read for anyone wanting to truly understand the biker lifestyle.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012226167
Publisher:
Flash Productions, LLC
Publication date:
02/20/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
412
Sales rank:
1,118,159
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

I have always written about--and lived--a life that revolves around what I call "the three Ms": motorcycles, music and the martial arts.
I have been a proud part of the American biker culture since 1965; I own a Kenpo Karate studio in Torrance, California; and I'm the bassist for the long-running blues band, Give Me Back My Wig.

My associates and I have been honored by the success of "The Original Wild Ones" and the first volume of our DVD series, "Bikers: The Inner Circle."

Bill Hayes

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American Biker: The History, The Clubs, The Lifestyle, The Truth 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is actually quite a bit better than Hayes' book about The Boozefighters MC. American Biker gives some good insight into the world of motorcycle clubs and bikers. It gives a pretty good history of the lifestyle with plenty of cultural references. There doesn't seem to be any good concise book about motorcycle club culture and protocol. Instead you have to read a number of books by various authors to try and get a complete idea of the life and what you may run into when crossing paths. All in all this is well written, flows well and has some good nuggets of information scattered throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago