Armed Struggle in Africa: With the Guerrillas in by Gerard Chaliand, B Davidson

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The Rolling Stones carried on with their song and when they were finished they fled to a waiting helicopter. Sonny Barger in his autobiography provides a different, but no less violent account of the events on December 6, 1969, at Altamont Speedway. He says that he and the Oakland Hells Angels arrived late in the afternoon, some three hours after the concert started (Barger, 2000). The crowd parted and let them ride to within four feet of the front of the stage. Barger says that there had been several fights before they arrived—one being the incident in which singer Marty Balin had been knocked unconscious.

B. Clauson, a former paratrooper, was elected president. The Boozefighters even applied for AMA membership, but were turned down by the AMA president, who allegedly said: “No goddamn way I am giving a name like that a charter” (Forkner, 1987). By 1947, three chapters of the Boozefighters MC had formed in Los Angeles, San Pedro, and San Francisco. ” World War II veterans joined outlaw clubs and called themselves the Galloping Gooses (supposedly taken from the nickname for the middle-finger salute), the A Boozefighters back patch.

When he returned to Oakland, there were conventional and deviant motorcycle clubs in the city. According to Barger, there were numerous motorcycle clubs, like the Oakland Motorcycle Club, that were family clubs, and there were also “freewheeling clubs” like the Oakland Panthers. He joined the Panthers but soon left because they did not provide enough action. He looked for a more action-oriented club to join. Once more, serendipity played a part in the history of the HAMC. Barger found a new wild bunch of motorcyclists with whom to ride.

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