By Phil Cross
"Phil's new book Gypsy Joker To A Hells Angel is in accordance with forty four years as a Hells Angel. photographs & tales are a needs to learn for all motorbike riders" - Sonny Barger
In the early Sixties, a tender army vet, motorcyclist, beginner photographer, and insurgent named Phil pass joined a motorbike membership referred to as the Hells Angels. It became out to be a bogus bankruptcy of the membership that will quickly locate infamy, so he switched to a different membership referred to as the evening Riders. just like the bogus bankruptcy of the Hells Angels, this became out to be a membership whose brotherhood was once run by means of a guy Mr. pass describes as “a whole asshole.” sooner or later, Mr. go crammed the chief in a ringer-type washer and joined a membership referred to as the Gypsy Jokers. He begun a San Jose bankruptcy of the Jokers and launched into the main action-packed years of his lifestyles. The Jokers have been in the course of a capturing warfare with the true Hells Angels. The combating turned so severe that the Jokers published snipers atop their clubhouse. This was once a coarse time, however it used to be additionally the peak of the free-love hippie period, and as a tender guy, Phil loved himself to the fullest. He by no means permit something as minor as a bit penitentiary time cease his enjoyable. as soon as, whereas serving time for struggling with and fleeing an officer, Phil broke out of detention center, entered his motorcycle in a motorcycle convey, received the motorcycle exhibit, and broke again into prison ahead of someone found he was once lacking. even though Phil was once tough—he was once a certififed martial arts instructor—the Angels proved a tricky foe. After a number of beating-induced emergency room visits, Mr. pass determined that if you happen to can’t beat ’em, subscribe to ’em, so he and such a lot of his membership brothers patched over to turn into the San Jose bankruptcy of the Hells Angels.
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The guy didn’t want to help me; he was trying to get to me so that he could punch me—which he did. He hit my nose so damned hard that he smashed it something terrible. I actually saw stars on that one. My navy buddy Junior and I had this Christmas card made in Yokosuka, Japan. After I got out of the bar, I still had to get back to the ship. We had a midnight curfew, and I barely made it back to the gate in time. My white jersey was covered in blood, so I made my way to the center of the crowd of sailors making their way through the gate.
If it was ordinary or mundane, it didn’t happen at Kelly’s. The bike I got from Filthy Phil. He and Bill Azzolino carried it from the back of Phil’s overcrowded shop. Mike Goodson, me, Harry Headgasket, and Gypsy Jack. The bike is Jack’s. One night, a guy at the bar (not one of mine for a change) leaned back on his barstool, pulled out a gun, and took a shot out the open front door. The bullet ricocheted off a truck across the street and hit a homeless guy in the ass. ” Case unsolved. Black Bill became the owner’s least favorite customer one night (we were both Hells Angels by then) when he drew a target on the bathroom door after the owner went in there.
It neglects to mention that it was because Perez rammed me with his squad car. I still have a dent in my skull from that fight. Zorro picked up a barstool with angle iron legs, and he hit me in the head with it while another guy had me in a choke hold. I got out to the street, and a big Asian guy was kicking me. Andy Holley, a San Francisco Hells Angel, walked up and told him to quit. ” I was really thankful. When it was finally over, Theo and I didn’t feel too classy, and we both ended up in the hospital.