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High on the Hog
No spiking the club's booze with dope.
No throwing live ammunition into bonfires on runs.
Weapons will be shot only between 0600 and 1600 hours.
No messing with another member's wife.
Such are among the rules codified by Ralph "Sonny" Barger for his infamous brotherhood of hogriders. Sonny Barger is no angel; he's a Hell's Angel. In fact, he's one of the founding members and High Priest of the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) and has survived four reckless decades of drug abuse, murder, mayhem, incarceration, political clashes, throat cancer, and endless tanks of gasoline to tell his story — finally, for the first time, the real story. In Hell's Angel, Barger reveals with disarming candor the behind-the-scenes history of the most feared and notorious motorcycle club of all time, which he started with his buddies in post-World War II Oakland, California, more than 52 years ago, after scoring his first Harley at the age of 18. As Kerouac and friends were shambling cross-country in a beat-up Buick, Barger and his Angels were burning tread marks in the tar and instilling fear, envy, and wanderlust into the heart of America. In the years since, the Angels have been (or been viewed as) everything from the death of the '60s (following the pivotal Altamont stabbing at a Rolling Stones gig) to the epitome of the wild, freewheeling life on the open road to Reagan-era scapegoats for every crime ever committed.
At last, it's time to set the record straight — and, fresh off an18-stop book"run" from Chicago to L.A. along America's "Main Vein," Route 66, Barger aims to do just that. So get your motor runnin' and head out on the highway.