Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S. Thompson rocked the literary world with his mind-bending style of Gonzo journalism. First published in 1966, Hell’s Angels is Thompson’s up-close and personal look at the infamous motorcycle gang during the time when its moniker was most feared.
“[Thompson’s] language is brilliant … [he] has presented us with a close view of a world most of us would never dare encounter.” (New York Times)
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Visions of the Future of Motorcycle Gangs
Yes, It's very entertaining.
I knew the ending before I read the book. For some reason the tag line that was on the original book that went something like "I lived with and was almost killed by the Hells Angels" is nowhere to be found on the modern audio book. As a side note, the idea that Hunter S. Thompson would pick a fight just so he could write that tag line to sell a book is almost laughable. That is actually a theory that a certain Hells Angel set forth in a certain very popular book.
He does a fine job getting into the character of Hunter S. Thompson. I almost feel as if I know the man.
"I partied with, lived with and was almost killed by the Hell's Angels"
So much has changed since the 1960's and yet at the core of it all, motorcycle gangs are essentially composed of the same sort of people then and now. They do essentially the same sorts of things; rape, murder, drugs, drug selling, various and assundry dirty deeds. If the men in these gangs did anything other than ride motorcycles, society would regard them with the contempt and loathing they warrant. How interesting is human nature that motorcycles transform lowly thugs into something other than what they are? Same thing for pirates of yesteryear. I myself can feel and taste the answer, yet find it impossible to put it into words.
- Joe Bloggs
might be hunters best work
hunter presented raw data about the H.A. in down to earth and gritty way. the story seems about as close to objective as possible.
the way hunter wrote about the H.A. in a factual manner that did not glorify the despicable actions of the biker gang.
scott really gets into character, and reads more like a great actor than a reader
i wrote a review shortly after i listened to hells angels (this being the second and more watered down version of my original review), but it never made it to print, i guess this was because i included some very raw (and probably inappropriate) excerpts from the text. what i am trying to say is that the best parts of this book are too raw and adult oriented to mention here. just listen to the book, you will not be let down
this is a must read (listen). you will not be disappointed. 5 starts all around.