Riding on the Edge: A Motorcycle Outlaw's Tale

Riding on the Edge: A Motorcycle Outlaw's Tale

by John Hall


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ISBN-13: 9780760341339
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 10/07/2011
Edition description: First
Pages: 301
Sales rank: 635,646
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A former chapter president of the Long Island Pagans, John Hall has done time in the state pen, as well as Penn State, where he taught history, American studies, rhetoric, and mathematics. He also worked as bouncer, bartender, bookmaker, stonemason, professional gambler, law clerk, and freelance journalist. He has written over 400 syndicated opinion columns, which have appeared in over a dozen newspapers, including the Houston Post and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He has raised seven children, half the time as a single parent. He currently lives in a 127-year-old dilapidated farmhouse in the Appalachian Mountains, where he seeks what George Jean Nathan once described as the three essentials of life: reasonable well prepared food, a moderately alcoholic diet, and the amiable company of amiable women.

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Riding on the Edge: A Motorcycle Outlaw's Tale 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great story, written in such style that the reader feels as though they're riding along with the Pagans throughout the whole book. You'll meet intriguing, animated characters in each chapter to accompany you through a story that could only take place in America during the late 60's. A fine piece of motorcycle literature, indeed.
2wheelfreedom More than 1 year ago
For anyone who want's to know how motorcycle clubs used to be, you need to get this book. It was amazingly well written for the subject matter. The book flows like any well written novel. The author recounts his time as a leader in the Pagan's MC back in the mid to late 60's. These guys were no saints, but they were a lot different than the image of today's outlaw mc's. I'm currently reading a couple of other books on the subject, and they don't hold a flame to this book as far as content and style. I think anyone would be pleased with the stories in this book, especially if you enjoy the freedom of the open road on two wheels.
Analogkid60 More than 1 year ago
I have always been fascinated by outlaw bikers; probably because my own life is so mundane. Like 99% of people, I play by the rules of society. Such is not the way of the one percenter. He lives his life fast and loose, doing as he pleases 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving a one finger salute to all authority figures that stand in his way. Long before they controlled the meth in Philadelphia, the Pagans MC were simply outlaws. Author, John Hall, draws a clear distinction between the terms outlaw and criminal. Modern Pagans are organized criminals. The Pagans of the 60’s were outlaws. Hall’s straightforward story telling brings you back to the east coast of the mid -sixties. He tells it like it is (was), even exposing his own personal failures in this two year odyssey from the club’s infancy on to the barroom brawl that landed him and his crew in the slammer. It’s a tale of riding, drinking, and the occasional destruction of a bar or two. You’ll find that the legend is far more exaggerated than the truth. Yeah they carried guns, yeah they beat people up, and of course they rumbled with rival clubs. Not as much as you would think, though. They often tolerated other gangs like the Aliens and partied together. They even had an alliance with the Pharaohs, an African American club. Despite adorning Nazi tattoos, wearing swastikas and German helmets, they could not discriminate against other outlaws if they were “good people”. Hall goes to great lengths to proclaim that nobody made money being a Pagan in his day. Most of the guys were the descendants of Pennsylvania Dutch and grew up to become blue collar working men with full time jobs, often in labor unions. The life was far from glamorous. Hall describes spending many a night sleeping in moldy basements and garages on cold concrete floors sans blankets. He seemed to have scored a few hot chicks despite often being an unwashed biker. The hard drug scene would creep in and foreshadow the beginning of the end of Hall’s era. If you think bikers are just knuckle dragging morons, Hall is here to adjust your expectations. He became an avid reader and begins each chapter with a deep literary quote. This is a fun and insightful ride with the east coast’s most infamous biker gang. You’ll feel like you’re embedded with this crew of hard living antiheros. If the allure of a true badass captures your imagination as it does mine, I recommend “Riding on the Edge”.
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