Writer Hunter Thompson appears as a contestant in this segment from a 1967 episode of “To Tell the Truth” shortly after the publication of his book “Hell’s Angels,” with host Bud Collyer…
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.