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Soul On Bikes : the East Bay Dragons MC and the Black Biker Set

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  11 reviews
When Sonny Barger formed the Oakland Hell's Angels in 1957, a few miles up East 14th Street in East Oakland, a young black bike rider form Louisiana named Tobie Gene Levingston was soon to follow in Barger's footsteps. The two knew and respected each other and had ridden their Harleys together in the same East Bay neighborhood. In 1959, Tobie Gene organized the Dragons, a
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 26th 2004 by Motorbooks International (first published January 2004)
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Dave Bones
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. The guy writes really well about growing up in a sharecropper family, Black, white and mixed motorcycle gangs, the panthers and a whole load more. A really interesting perspective of California through the 50s to the present.
Tommi Kahinoja
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Kirjan otsikossa oleellinen; lukusuositus niille joita kiinnostaa.
Brook
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is the written account of one man, Mr. Levingston, who is basically sitting down and telling the reader about his life from start to where it is today (as president, at time of publishing, of the East Bay Dragons). No more, no less. There is a little philosophizing, but it's a "how we got here" tale, and all the more enjoyable for it. Mr. Levingston grew up with, and was/is friends with, Sonny Barger of the Hells Angels. The all-black Dragons, then, share a lot in common with the
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Matti Karjalainen
En ole ikinä antanut suuremmin arvoa Helvetin enkeleiden kaltaisille prätkäjengeille tai ollut erityisen innostunut moottoripyöristä, mutta 1960-luvun kuohuva amerikkalainen yhteiskunta on kiinnostanut koko rahan edestä.

Niinpä Tobie Gene Levingstonin "East Bay Dragons MC: Oaklandin soul-bikerit" (Johnny Kniga, 2011) tarttui puolivahingossa mukaan Kirjatorilta, mainostihan se takakannessaan sivuavansa muun muassa kansalaisoikeustaistelun, hippiliikkeen ja populaarimusiikin kaltaisia teemoja.
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Stace
May 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Not a really sophisticated book, but I picked it up in a bookshop one Sunday, and I didn't put it down until I had finished it. A story of a black man from the south who grows up a sharecroppers son then travels to the Bay area in the 1950's and starts first a car, and then a motorcycle club. The trials he faces with his family and motorcycle club are interesting, and provide insight into another time in the U.S. Although it's ghost written by a pair of twin brothers-who apparently also worked ...more
Joe
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
You have to approach this book on its terms: it's an insider's view into early black Oakland motorcycle clubs. The books describes the author's childhood and experiences that led to his joining motorcycle culture; it describes other people in the group, and describes the club as it changes. It's not a complete, fully detailed academic history of the time -- it's conversational, telling a story as if you're sitting next to the author and asking him to reminisce. If you can appreciate it from that ...more
Jason
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
While this may be the only book ever written on the history of Oakland CA's all-black male/all Harley only MC, the writing "style" is rather remedial.
A re-write would be a good thing.
It reads like it's geared towards those w/ a reading level of a 10-year old, but the subject material most of the time is not.

My thinking is that most people in the biker set would feel this way, too.
There is definitely a great story to be told here, but you're not gonna find that here. Shame...
Stephan
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great biography of the East Bay Dragons MC. Before I read this book, I had no clue. After finishing, I feel like I know a little bit about this Club. Great read for anyone interested in this lifestyle.
Trisha
Apr 11, 2007 rated it liked it
I bought this book for Ppete because who can resist a cover with a lovely lady with a huge Afro. This book discusses the movement of the Black motorcycle clubs. It has some interesting photos and it is an easy enough read.
Shonnie
Sep 10, 2010 rated it liked it
This was during my stage of becoming an biker. This stage didn't last long.
Anna
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Picked up this book from library as it had Oakland in its title, for no other reason really. I read the finnish translation, which wasn't very well edited. The book was somewhat interesting though.
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