Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels--Hell's Angels, that is. He's lived with them, he knows them and ...Show synopsisGonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels--Hell's Angels, that is. He's lived with them, he knows them and their machines, he speaks their langauge, and he reports it back to the world with all the fearsome force of a souped-up cyclone burning rubber.Hide synopsis
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"like Genghis Khan on an iron horse, a monster steed with a fiery anus,"by Hunter Thompson as he describes one of the scene at California Labor day weekend as the notorious Hell's Angels blow into town ready to rock and roll.
When most of us wouldn't shake hands with an Angel, Hunter practically lives with them for two years to write a book about their experiences. During those two years he shares many drunken and drug induced nights and more then once shared some nasty beatings.
I never really knew much about the lives of motor cycle gangs in the mid sixties but Hunter Thompson did a wonderful job of describing them to me. I really enjoyed reading this book and like any of Hunter's books, I'd highly recommend it.
Hunter Thompson's first book has little in common with his more well-known novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, except a break-kneck speed and biting tone, but fans of the later will be more than pleased with this read. Thompson rode with the Angels for a period of time in the late 1960's, and saw first-hand the reaction the townsfolk gave to the bikers, and how a situation could escalate in seconds. It is a thrilling and insightful account of a period of time long passed, and a must-read for fans of the author.
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