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The latest literary effort from Hell's Angels chieftain Barger is "a collection of true stories, modern myths, and biker tales" submitted to him by other bikers. As such, few of them actually involve the legendary Barger. Barger selected and rewrote the stories himself (with help from the Zimmermans). He concedes that some are true while others are apocryphal, and it's up to the reader to decide which is which. Depicting fairly unspectacular hell-raisers including characters like DOA, Loaded Linda, Freewheelin' Freddy and One-Armed Paul most of the 38 tales are too uneventful to be mistaken for myth, leaving one to wonder if Barger is holding back the good stuff or whether he used up most of it in his earlier memoir, Hell's Angel. Some of the stories are engaging and even informative, such as the profile of an African-American motorcycle club and the piece detailing singer David Crosby's biker connections. But most meander toward abrupt endings, closing with a trite moral or clunky shoutout to the story's principal character. Barger illustrates a kinder, gentler rider; his characters are certainly not above wreaking a little havoc, but they're also quick to help a fallen biker or spread the word of God. The book works best when describing the simple pleasure of cruising through the American landscape at sunrise.
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The sequel to Hell's Angel (2000) is a little less fresh, perhaps, but biker buffs will still find it the true stuff. Barger expounds on legal contretemps, lifestyle options ("always gas up the night before"), and singular persons he has known, his assessments and descriptions of which are priceless. Steve McQueen and David Crosby share the bill with the likes of "virtually deaf" Loaded Linda, whose favorite sound as a teen was "the roar of a pair of Harley-Davidson straight pipes" and who, no longer "the notorious biker chick," is "settled down and doing really well these days." That settling down and doing well gets to be a theme here. Most of Barger's most memorable characters--provided they are still alive--have settled down and become nominally respectable citizens. Sure, a lot of them went to jail for a while, but Sonny wants you to know that bikers are people, too. Don't ask for too many specifics about the past, and there won't be any trouble. Mike Tribby
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Everything exactly as promised. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Very satisfied with my purchase. Thank you!!!Published 10 days ago by Willow Leaf
You can feel the breeze through each word of every story. For anyone who has ever experienced the ride.... a wonderful read.Published 4 months ago by lisag
This book is great. Very easy to read. I couldn't put it downPublished 4 months ago by Renee Barnard
This was given as a gift so I didn't read it but my husband loved it.Published 5 months ago by Karla A Taylor