Soul on Bikes: The East Bay Dragons MC and the Black Biker Set

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The East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club has gunned their Harleys through the meanest streets of Oakland, California, since the 1950s. Before Rosa Parks took her historic bus ride and before Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Huey P. Newton and the Black Panthers stood bravely for equal rights, the East Bay Dragons MC risked life and limb during the days when it was a revolutionary act for a black man to ride a Harley chopper. Written by Tobie Levingston, the club's original founder, Soul on Bikes offers a slice ...

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The East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club has gunned their Harleys through the meanest streets of Oakland, California, since the 1950s. Before Rosa Parks took her historic bus ride and before Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Huey P. Newton and the Black Panthers stood bravely for equal rights, the East Bay Dragons MC risked life and limb during the days when it was a revolutionary act for a black man to ride a Harley chopper. Written by Tobie Levingston, the club's original founder, Soul on Bikes offers a slice of underground American and African-American history you're unlikely to read in any textbook. Levingston and his colorful cast of misfits and comrades are an all-black, all-Harley, all-chopper group of motorcyclists who have found more than their fair share of violence and redemption on the battlegrounds of urban America—and their legacy is an important untold portion of African-American history. Soul on Bikes recounts the club's adventures with humor, attitude, and, most important, soul.

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Frost Illustrated Feb. 7, 2007

“Soul on Bikes: The East Bay Dragons MC and the Black Biker Set is a fascinating biography of a fascinating black man and an equally fascinating black movement.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760345351
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 11/15/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 301,879
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tobie LevingstonTobie Gene Levingston was born in Tallulah, Louisiana, the county seat of Madison Parish. He founded the East Bay Dragons car club in Oakland, California, which eventually became the East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club, one of the nation's leading all-black, Harley-only motorcycle clubs. Tobie Gene has been the sole president of the East Bay Dragons MC since the club's formation in 1959.www.eastbaydragons.comKeith and Ken Zimmerman are a unique writing team of twin brothers. They have co-authored with Ralph "Sonny" Barger Hell's Angel; Ridin' High, Livin' Free; and Dead in 5 Heartbeats: A Novel. They also co-authored Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs with John Lydon of the Sex Pistols.Tobie Gene Levingston was born in Tallulah, Louisiana, the county seat of Madison Parish. He founded the East Bay Dragons car club in Oakland, California, which eventually became the East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club, one of the nation's leading all-black, Harley-only motorcycle clubs. Tobie Gene has been the sole president of the East Bay Dragons MC since the club's formation in 1959.www.eastbaydragons.comKeith and Ken Zimmerman are a unique writing team of twin brothers. They have co-authored with Ralph "Sonny" Barger Hell's Angel; Ridin' High, Livin' Free; and Dead in 5 Heartbeats: A Novel. They also co-authored Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs with John Lydon of the Sex Pistols.Tobie Gene Levingston was born in Tallulah, Louisiana, the county seat of Madison Parish. He founded the East Bay Dragons car club in Oakland, California, which eventually became the East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club, one of the nation's leading all-black, Harley-only motorcycle clubs. Tobie Gene has been the sole president of the East Bay Dragons MC since the club's formation in 1959.www.eastbaydragons.comKeith and Ken Zimmerman are a unique writing team of twin brothers. They have co-authored with Ralph "Sonny" Barger Hell's Angel; Ridin' High, Livin' Free; and Dead in 5 Heartbeats: A Novel. They also co-authored Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs with John Lydon of the Sex Pistols.

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Table of Contents


Foreword 
Acknowledgments  

1 Scootin' Back in the Pack 
2 Layin' It By: Scratch Ankle and the Sharecropping Days 
3 Fast Times in Jingletown 
4 Enter the Dragons: The Fighting Levingstons 
5 Butthole Shifters and Suicide Clutches 
6 Here Come Them Dirty Dragons 
7 Monterey Pop and Days of Love & Haight 
8 Panther Power and the Long Hot Summer 
9 Head Start Up the Grapevine 
10 Bags, Brawls, and Bears 
11 On the Side of Angels 
12 Heavy Racin' 
13 That Damned Pipe: The Cocaine '80s 
14 The Chosen Few, the LA Defiant Ones, and the Black L.A. Set 
15 Devil on My Shoulder 
16 The Saga of Dangerous John 
17 A Younger Breed of Dragons 
18 Elimination 
Index 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    Great book from a Great Man

    I had to read this book after growing up with the Dragons in Oakland. I went to church that shared the wall of there clubhouse when I was young I wanted to be them. When I heard Mr. Tobi Levingston wrote a book I had to get it and learn about the club and black bikers in America. This book was great worth its weight in gold. I thank him for such a good inspirational book. He is a tribute to his community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    RIGHT ON TIME

    BEING AN AFRO-AMERCIAN BIKE RIDDER IT'S GOOD TO READ ABOUT THE HISTORY OF A BLAK MOTERCYCLE CLUB AFTER I READING THE BOOK I WENT TO THE SIGNING TO MEET THE MAN WHO WROTE THE BOOK

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