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by Hunter S. Thompson
© 1966, 1967 by Hunter S. Thompson
To the friends who lent me money and
kept me mercifully unemployed. No writer can function without them.
Again, thanks. HST
The idea for this book came from
Carey McWilliams, editor of The Nation, who asked me to write an article
on the weird phenomenon of motorcycle gangs. The article appeared in The
Nation, in Apri11965. Carey's ideas and suggestions gave the book
a framework and perspective that it might not otherwise have had.
The author wishes to thank the
following for permission to reprint material:
The World of Sex by Henry Miller, Copyright
© 1959 by Henry Miller; Copyright ©
1965 by Grove Press, Inc. Used by permission of Grove Press, Inc.
California: The Wild Ones. Copyright ©
1965, Newsweek, Inc. Used by permission of Newsweek. Inc. The Wilder
Ones. Reprinted by permission from Time The Weekly Newsmagazine;
©Time Inc. 1965. They Came.
They Saw. They Did Not Conquer by William R. Rodgers. Copyright
© 1963 The Farm Tribune. Used by
permission of The Farm Tribune. Mrs. Pat Whitwright for her letter
on page 46. California Takes Steps to Curb Terrorism of Ruffian
Cyclists. © 1966 by the New
York Times Company. Reprinted by permission. "The Bowery
Grenadiers," words and music by John Allison.
© Copyright 1948, 1957 Hollis Music.
Inc., New York, N.Y. Used by permission. "Black Denim Trousers and
Motorcycle Boots" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoner. Copyright
© 1955 by Quintet Music, Inc. Used
by permission. The Hell's Angels Scandals -- Black Boots, Booze, and
Highway Broads by Birney Jarvis. Copyright
© 1965 by Male Magazine. Used by permission of Male Publishing
Corporation. "A Word of Our Own." Copyright
© 1965 by Springfield Music, Ltd.
Chappell & Co., Inc., owner of publication and allied rights for the
Western Hemisphere. "Do-Re-Mi," words and music by Woody Guthrie.
Copyright © 1961, 1963, Ludlow
Music, Inc., New York, N.Y. Used by permission. Hell's Angels by
William Murray. Copyright © by
Curtis Publishing Company, 1965. Used by permission. Hell's
Angels: How They Live and Think by Jerry Cohen. Copyright
© 1965 by The Times Mirror Company.
Used by permission of The Los Angeles Times. "To the Angels" by Allen
Ginsberg. Copyright © 1966
Liberation. Used by permission of Allen Ginsberg. Mr. Ralph Barger for
his telegram on page 323.
SAN DIEGO, July 18 (UPI) --
A WEIRD HAUL AT GANG'S HIDEOUT -- Four coffins, two
grave markers and Nazi emblems were found Saturday in the
headquarters of a motorcycle gang where three members were
arrested on narcotics charges. The residence also contained
a throne chair five feet tall, a stuffed owl, an Oriental
beheading sword and assorted motorcycle trophies, police
Despite the outlaws'
growing notoriety, the Oakland police never put the kind of
death-rattle heat on them that the other chapters were
getting. Even at the peak of the heat, Barger's chapter had
a special relationship with the local law. Barger explained
it as a potential common front against the long-rumored
Negro uprising in East Oakland, which both Negroes and
Hell's Angels think of as their own turf. The cops, he said,
were counting on the Angels to
"keep the niggers in
On October 16, the Hell's
Angels attacked a Get Out Of Vietnam demonstration at the
Oakland-Berkeley border. The existential heroes who had
passed the joint with Berkeley liberals at Kesey's parties
suddenly turned into venomous beasts, rushing on the same
liberals with flailing fists and shouts of "Traitors,"
"Communists," "Beatniks!" When push came to shove, the
Hell's Angels lined up solidly with the cops, the Pentagon
and the John Birch Society.
-- "Hell's Angels," by Hunter S. Thompson