Hard Road: Bernie Guindon and the Reign of the Satan's Choice Motorcycle Club

Hard Road: Bernie Guindon and the Reign of the Satan's Choice Motorcycle Club

by Peter Edwards


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The spiritual godfather of Canadian bikers tells the story of his fascinating life.

You could call Bernie Guindon the Sonny Barger of Canadian bikers (but not to his face). The founder of Satan's Choice, Guindon led what was in the 1960s the second-largest biker club in the world (after the Hells Angels, which Bernie would join briefly in the early 2000s) to national prominence and international infamy. His life wasn't all bikes and crime. He was also a medalist in boxing for Canada at the Pan Am Games. That tension between the very rough life he was born into and the possibility for success in the straight world (and how aspirations in each fed his success in the other) layer Guindon's story, one of the great untold stories in biker history. Friends from the biker world and Guindon's family have given extensive interviews for Hard Road, including his son, Harley, a convict and outlaw biker himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345816085
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

PETER EDWARDS has written for the Toronto Star for nearly 30 years, specializing in organized crime and justice issues. He is the author of 12 previous non-fiction books, including The Bandido Massacre: A True Story of Bikers, Brotherhood and Betrayal; One Dead Indian: The Premier, the Police and the Ipperwash Crisis; Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto's Last War (with Antonio Nicaso); and Unrepentant: The Strange and (Sometimes) Terrible Life of Lorne Campbell, Satan's Choice and Hells Angels Biker. Edwards has been awarded an eagle feather from the Union of Ontario Indians and a gold medal from the Centre for Human Rights. The author lives in Ontario, Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Beginnings 5

Chapter 2 Local Celebrity 13

Chapter 3 Branching Out 19

Chapter 4 Supreme Commander 22

Chapter 5 Fight Club 28

Chapter 6 Expansion 32

Chapter 7 National President 35

Chapter 8 Pigpen 43

Chapter 9 Yorkville 50

Chapter 10 Darwinism 55

Chapter 11 Shock Value 61

Chapter 12 Big Apple 64

Chapter 13 Ring Wars 67

Chapter 14 Eye On Montreal 70

Chapter 15 Skin Beef 74

Chapter 16 Proud Riders 84

Chapter 17 Thunder Bay I 89

Chapter 18 Riot 97

Chapter 19 Olympic Contender 101

Chapter 20 Expansion Troubles 109

Chapter 21 Thunder Bay II 116

Chapter 22 Pigpen Goes South 119

Chapter 23 Last Olympic Hope 123

Chapter 24 Strange Clubmate 128

Chapter 25 Mountie Radar 134

Chapter 26 Body Seller 142

Chapter 27 The Big Split 148

Chapter 28 Prison Blues 153

Chapter 29 Quiet Expansion 161

Chapter 30 Reunited 165

Chapter 31 Reconnecting 172

Chapter 32 Angel 177

Chapter 33 Hospitality Industry 180

Chapter 34 Nightmares 184

Chapter 35 Big Brother 191

Chapter 36 Human 197

Chapter 37 Black Death Eyes 200

Chapter 38 Moving On 208

Chapter 39 Unwelcome Guests 217

Chapter 40 Biggest Party Ever 224

Chapter 41 Regrouping 227

Chapter 42 Culture Shock 235

Chapter 43 Home Fires 238

Chapter 44 Prison Reputation 242

Chapter 45 Remarriage 247

Chapter 46 Gladiators 250

Chapter 47 "A Little History" 257

Chapter 48 Criminal Duties 260

Chapter 49 Fathers And Sons 265

Endnotes 273

Acknowledgments 299

Index 301

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