Hell's Angels: A Strange And Terrible Saga

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Hell's Angels: A Strange And Terrible Saga

by Hunter S. Thompson

Random House Publishing Group | September 29, 1996 | Trade Paperback |

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"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."  Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson''s vivid account of his experiences with California''s most no-torious motorcycle gang, the Hell''s Angels.   In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial An-gels, cycling up and 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 first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, "For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson''s book is a thoughtful piece of work." As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell''s Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend.







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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: September 29, 1996

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345410084

ISBN - 13: 9780345410085

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Hell's Angels: A Strange And Terrible Saga

Hell's Angels: A Strange And Terrible Saga

by Hunter S. Thompson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: September 29, 1996

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345410084

ISBN - 13: 9780345410085

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Roll em, boys 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, the Hell''s Angels, the hundred-carat headline, running fast and loud on the early morning freeway, low in the saddle, nobody smiles, jamming crazy through traffic and ninety miles an hour down the center stripe, missing by inches . . . like Genghis Khan on an iron horse, a monster steed with a fiery anus, flat out through the eye of a beer can and up your daughter''s leg with no quarter asked and none given; show the squares some class, give em a whiff of those kicks they''ll never know . . . Ah, these righteous dudes, they love to screw it on . . . Little Jesus, the Gimp, Chocolate George, Buzzard, Zorro, Hambone, Clean Cut, Tiny, Terry the Tramp, Frenchy, Mouldy Marvin, Mother Miles, Dirty Ed, Chuck the Duck, Fat Freddy, Filthy Phil, Charger Charley the Child Molester, Crazy Cross, Puff, Magoo, Animal and at least a hundred more . . . tense for the action, long hair in the wind, beards and bandanas flapping, earrings, armpits, chain whips, swastikas and stripped-down Harleys flashing chrome as traffic on 101 moves over, nervous, to let the formation pass like a burst of dirty thunder . . . They call themselves Hell''s
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"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."  Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson''s vivid account of his experiences with California''s most no-torious motorcycle gang, the Hell''s Angels.   In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial An-gels, cycling up and 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 first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, "For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson''s book is a thoughtful piece of work." As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell''s Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend.







From the Hardcover edition.

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"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." Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson''s vivid account of his experiences with California''s most no-torious motorcycle gang, the Hell''s Angels. In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial An-gels, cycling up and 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 first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, "For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson''s book is a thoughtful piece of work." As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell''s Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend.


"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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From Our Editors

Hop on the back of a low-slung, sexy Harley-Davidson as this book whisks you off to parties and life on the edge with the Hell's Angels. You can almost feel the motor purring between your legs as you turn the pages, Thompson's prose is so vigorous. This legendary book solidified Hunter S. Thompson's reputation as the prototypical gonzo journalist and it's easy to see why. Hell's Angels does more than take you behind the scenes: it rips you out of your comfy armchair and cruelly plops you down in the middle of the mess. Look around, take in the sights and remember that this is as close as you're going to get to knowing what it was really like to be a biker at the time.

Editorial Reviews

"Thompson has presented us with a close view of a world most of us would never encounter. His language is brilliant, his eye remarkable."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Superb and terrifying."    --Studs Terkel, Chicago Tribune
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