Since the 1950s, the leather-clad motorcyclist’s been the most potent image of the archetypal bad boy, popularised by Hollywood stars such as Marlon Brando and James Dean.
Now this painstakingly detailed chronicle of biker culture delves into the early town sieges of America’s mid-West in the 1940s, through to the British Mod and Rocker coastal clashes of the 1960s, the Easy Riders of the 1970s, the streetfighters of the 1990s and the vibrant multifaceted biker culture scene of the first quarter of the 21st century, as well as investigating the many misconceptions surrounding this most feared of subcultures.
Bikers: Legend, Legacy and Life by Gary Charles is an excellent look at the biker world, written by someone who’s part of it, rather than an academic outsider, and packed full of great pics from both the US and the UK (I recognised a host of faces in it). It’s a great coffee table book, both very readable and also perfect for picking up and flicking through.
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