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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.”
Here's a slice of underground American and African-American history you're unlikely to read in any history book. Tobie Gene 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.
Headquartered in Oakland, California, the East Bay Dragons exist alongside the Hell's Angels and the Oakland Raiders, securing their place as modern urban folk heroes. Starting out in the 1950s as a car club, Tobie Gene and the Dragons switched to two wheels and encountered street scuffles, rival clubs, ethnic stereotypes, police misconduct, and racial tensions. Their legacy is an untold portion of African-American history. From his humble beginnings as the son of a poor sharecropper, Tobie Gene became the founder and president of the nation's most elite exclusively black motorcycle club. Soul on Bikes recounts the club's adventures with humor, attitude, and most important, soul.
This is an EXCELLENT book! A great read about real life and how the California biker life began. Thank you for this history lesson. It far exceeded my expectations.Published 3 months ago by Kenneth White
EVERY Biker should read this book. Black folks have a long, storied history in MC culture and it's a shame their voices are so seldom heard by all. I couldn't put it down.Published 7 months ago by Justin G.
Interesting read ..... ran into a Dragon in store the other day, good to see the club is still active.Published 8 months ago by Johnny Rotten
Great book! Hard for me to read most books but this one was easy. If you want to learn more about black biker culture you'll enjoy this. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Christopher