Hells Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga by Hunter S. ThompsonCalifornia, Labor Day weekend...early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades & greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners & cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo & East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur...The Menace is loose again. Thus begins Hunter S. Thompsons vivid account of his experiences with Californias most notorious motorcycle gang, the Hells Angels.
In the mid-60s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial Angels, cycling up & down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was 1st defined, & when such countercultural movements were electrifying & horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy & brutal honesty, & with a nuanced & incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, For all its uninhibited & sardonic humor, Thompsons book is a thoughtful piece of work. As illuminating now as when originally published in 67, Hells Angels is a gripping portrait, the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend.
RARE 1967 Footage of Hunter S Thompson riding with The HELLS ANGELS
HUNTER S. THOMPSON VS THE HELLS ANGELS
I found Magoo passed out in the backseat. He had been drinking for a dozen hours or more, then crawled into my car to sleep it off before undoubtedly heading back into the tornado of Hells Angels mayhem that whipped around Lake Sonoma. My chest zapped with pain whenever I moved, but I managed to turn and grab Magoo by a pant leg. After a few painful tugs, he sat up, and immediately recoiled when he saw my bruised and bloodied face in the sad glow of the cabin light. My right eye was swollen and shattered, my clothes dusted with a heavy coat of lakeside detritus. Magoo nodded and shoved his glasses up his nose with a dirty thumb.
What started as a journalistic look at the Hells Angels in turned into a year of unexpected adventure for Hunter S. Hunter S. Thompson's facts about the Hells Angels are based entirely on his actual experiences traveling and partying with the notorious bikers. Thompson noted that members of the Hells Angels had become desensitized to barbarity - physically and mentally - over time. For instance, he wrote that the "man who has had his nose smashed three times in brawls will risk it again with hardly a thought. According to Thompson , the Angels were no strangers to bloodshed:.
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Thompson to write a story about the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club , as they're officially known.
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