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EXILE ON FRONT STREET: My Life as a Hells Angel...And Beyond
Thomas Dunne Books, September 2016
A memoir of the Hells Angels motorcycle club from one of its most high-profile leaders.
After forty years in the Hells Angels, George Christie was ready to retire. As the president of the high-profile Ventura chapter of the club, he had been the yin to Sonny Barger’s yang. Barger was the reckless figurehead and de facto world leader of the Angels. Christie was the negotiator, the spokesman, the thinker, the guy who smoothed things out. He was the one who carried the Olympic torch and counted movie stars, artists, the Grateful Dead, and police chief captains among his friends. But leaving isn’t easy, and within two weeks of retirement he was told he was “out bad,” blackballed by his fellow Angels, prohibited from wearing the club patch, even told he should remove his Death’s Head tattoo.
Now, Christie has set out to tell his story. Exile on Front Street is the tale of how a middle-class electrician gave up a comfortable job with the Department of Defense and swore allegiance to the Hells Angels. In this action-packed, hard-hitting memoir, he recounts his life as an outlaw biker with the world’s most infamous motorcycle club.
GEORGE CHRISTIE served as a Marine reservist and, after completing his service, became an electrician and communications specialist for the Department of Defense. He “prospected” for the Hells Angel Motorcycle Club in 1975, becoming a full-patch member in 1976. Eventually founding the Ventura Chapter and serving as its president for over 30 years, he carried the torch at the 1984 Olympic Games. He also served as the club’s international spokesman for more than two decades. He lives in Ojai, CA.
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