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Old 06-30-2022, 1:15pm   #1
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Default Deadline Sonny Barger Dies: Hells Angels Founder

Sonny Barger, the notorious founding member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, author, ex-convict, occasional Sons of Anarchy actor and one of the bikers who provided the violent, bloody security at the infamous 1969 Rolling Stones Altamont concert, died of Wednesday of cancer. He was 83.

Barger announced his own death in a pre-written message subsequently posted today on his Facebook page: ďIf you are reading this message, youíll know that Iím gone. Iíve asked that this note be posted immediately after my passing. Iíve lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And Iíve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club. Although Iíve had a public persona for decades, iíve mostly enjoyed special time with my club brothers, my family, and close friends.

ďPlease know that I passed peacefully after a brief battle with cancer. But also know that in the end, I was surrounded by what really matters: My wife, Zorana, as well as my loved ones. Keep your head up high, stay loyal, remain free, and always value honor. Ė SonnyĒ

Barger, long the public face of the notorious and frequently outlaw Angels, was a founding member of the clubís Oakland, CA, chapter.


Barger had written six books, including his autobiography Hellís Angel ó The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hellís Angels Motorcycle Club, in which he put the blame for the disastrous Altamont concert squarely on the Stones. The Angels had been hired by the band to provide security, a decision the Stones would regret: The bikers beat audience members with billiard sticks, punched and knocked out Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin and attacked (in self-defense, they claimed) a pistol-wielding 18-year-old Stones fan named Meredith Hunter. One of the Angels stabbed and killed Hunter but was acquitted after claiming self-defense.

The incident became one of rock historyís defining events, and Barger, in his autobiography, blamed the Stones for delaying their arrival and working the crowd into an impatient frenzy. Barger said in his book that he forced Richards, at gunpoint, to begin the concert. The performances and the violence were captured in the classic 1970 documentary Gimme Shelter, directed by Albert and David Maysles.

Barger also tangled with the law over the years. He was acquitted in the 1972 murder of a drug dealer but convicted in 1973 and 1988 on narcotics and weapons charges and serving about four years for each conviction.

He levied his notoriety into fame as early as the mid-1960s, when he played significant roles in nonfiction books by Hunter S. Thompson (Hellís Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs) and Tom Wolfe (The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test).

Barger also took part in a number of documentaries about the bikers. In 2010 he began a recurring, three-episode role on FXís biker drama Sons of Anarchy, portraying Lenny ďThe PimpĒ Janowitz. He reportedly assisted show creator Kurt Sutter as a sort of de facto consultant on biker culture.

Barger was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1983 and prostate cancer in 2010. It was unclear today exactly what type of cancer caused his death. Complete information on survivors also was not immediately available.
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I grew up in Oakland in the '60's and '70's, and lived there through the '90's. He was NOT a nice guy. That said, RIP.
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I grew up in Oakland in the '60's and '70's, and lived there through the '90's. He was NOT a nice guy. That said, RIP.
This ^^^^^^^^^
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I read his book out of curiosity. My takeaway was this; what an asshole.
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A leader of duds, slugs and thugs, Good riddance.
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Meredith did have a gun. When you watch in slo-mo or freeze frame it is clearly visible. Speculation was he was going to shoot at the Stones.

I love their sound then with Mick Taylor. That Altamont concert is one of my favs. The one Hells Angel stoned out of his mind and Barger grabs him and throws him off the stage.
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One less thug in the world.
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One less thug in the world.
My thoughts exactly. It's long past time that we as a country stop celebrating every miscreant in society.
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My thoughts exactly. It's long past time that we as a country stop celebrating every miscreant in society.
Need to outlaw rap music to put a stop to most of it.
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Need to outlaw rap music to put a stop to most of it.
I agree. (C)Rap has been a poison to our society for the past 35 years. Terrible stuff. Especially when you compare it to what came just before, which was some great R&B.

The whole hip-hop, 'I'm a victim so you owe me' pants-around-the-knees fashion and culture suck balls.
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Biker homo. Special place in hell for it
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I read his book out of curiosity. My takeaway was this; what an asshole.
Scott Ereckson, president of the Mongols, was a good baseball friend of mine when we were young. He was always a bit of a bad ass. We were jealous of him in the early '70's because he had a 250 Elsinore and rode it down to the ball fields.

He dropped out of regular high school to go to night school. It was weird, because he was actually a smart kid. Certainly got lost; his fault, not others. Tons of fights with the Hell's Angels and eventually killed a guy. The Mongols MC was the only place where he found acceptance, and for all the wrong reasons.

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That would be a great start.
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Decades ago I worked with the kid of the San Francisco DA that put him in jail. Sonny had a violent reputation, and there was some fear among the legal staff that they would be targeted. Sonny heard and approached the DA and flat out told him, "You're family is safe. You're just doing your job. If you're good I go to jail, I'm just doing mine. If I'm good I don't go to jail.".

He said for all his bad, there was a certain code of honor and integrity to him. Interesting perspective from somebody who actually knew him.
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