Hells Angels Photos Emerge From 1965

The photos are in LIFE, brought to you here by CNN:

America loves its outlaws, but few of us actually dare to live the lifestyle. Veteran LIFE photographer Bill Ray got about as close as anyone, riding along with a notorious biker gang.

In 1965, the Hells Angels were little known outside the American West. Ray spent several weeks in Southern California, photographing and traveling with the San Bernardino chapter of a gang that would soon become notorious for its hedonistic, lawless swagger.

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  • E.B. Wolf

    Actually, the majority of Americans only love their dead outlaws and entertainers who pretend to be outlaws.

  • E.B. Wolf

    Actually, the majority of Americans only love their dead outlaws and entertainers who pretend to be outlaws.

  • E.B. Wolf

    Actually, the Hell’s Angels where acquitted on RICO charges (the first group ever to do so) and therefore have been found innocent in a court of law of being a criminal organization. Individuals in the organization have been found to be committing the crimes you have described. There are many more who are completely law-abiding ( except for the occasional speed infraction or bar brawl). To describe an entire motorcycle club as a criminal organization for the actions of a minority of its’ members would be like calling the U.S. army an organization of murderers and terrorists due to the actions of a relative handful of psychos who like to kill civilians for sport.

  • gemmarama

    i dunno, i’ve known some absolute gentlemen hell’s angels in my time.

  • E.B. Wolf

    Actually, the Hell’s Angels where acquitted on RICO charges (the first group ever to do so) and therefore have been found innocent in a court of law of being a criminal organization. Individuals in the organization have been found to be committing the crimes you have described. There are many more who are completely law-abiding ( except for the occasional speed infraction or bar brawl). To describe an entire motorcycle club as a criminal organization for the actions of a minority of its’ members would be like calling the U.S. army an organization of murderers and terrorists due to the actions of a relative handful of psychos who like to kill civilians for sport.

  • gemmarama

    i dunno, i’ve known some absolute gentlemen hell’s angels in my time.

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