“California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur. . . The Menace is loose again.”
-Hunter S. Thompson
A discussion of motorcycle jackets and rock and roll would not be complete without a look at the motorcycle clubs that really originated this rebellious culture. A book that’s on my reading list is Hunter S. Thompson’s infamous, “Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga.”
Thompson spent over a year with the San Francisco and Oakland chapters of the Hell’s Angels. He wasn’t secretive about his role as a journalist either. The author became close to club and members gave lengthy tape recorded interviews and even reviewed early drafts of his work to make sure he had the facts straight. Within this time, Thompson learned about the Angels unique subculture and immersed himself in their lifestyle. Thompson said of his time with the club, “I was no longer sure whether I was doing research on the Hell’s Angels or being slowly absorbed by them.”
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