By Keith Zimmerman, Kent Zimmerman
An angel spreads his wings. . . .
Sonny Barger is the number-one spokesman for the motorbike event. His New York Times bestseller, Hell's Angel, was once a thrilling background of his adventures with the world's so much infamous motorbike membership. Now he brings us rousing, relocating, and wildly pleasing real tales of his renegade brothers and sisters within the relentless pursuit of liberty, individuality, and the "ultimate ride."
And what tales he has to inform -- freewheeling, bare-knuckle stories of brawls and battles, brotherhood, breathtaking adventures, loopy quests, and the inevitable vintage scrapes with "John Law." the main colourful legends and unforgettable characters of biker lore come alive during this publication. furthermore, celebrities like Steve McQueen, Johnny Paycheck, and David Crosby thunder via those pages in a sensational number of insurgent stories that runs the gamut from poignant and encouraging to exciting and totally outrageous.
Whether you experience, have by no means ridden, or dream of driving, Ridin' excessive, Livin' Free is a analyzing event you will not quickly fail to remember -- a desirable glimpse right into a targeted tradition of freedom that acknowledges just one commandment: the code of the line.
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