The Angels Speak Out A few weeks after the attack on the anti-Vietnam protestors, the Hells Angels decided to make a statement. They held a press conference and Ralph “Sonny” Barger announced that the group had decided not to get involved with any other anti-war demonstrations, despite previous plans to the contrary.
He explained that he was afraid that the protesters “may provoke us to violence.” In the picture, from left to right: Tiny Walters, Ron Jacobson, Skip Workman, Sonny Barger, and Tom Thomas.
The Hells Angels Celebrate New Year’s Eve
Here you can see Hells Angels members from the Johannesburg charter ringing in 1983 with a great big kiss. Happy New Year! That must have been some party in Hillbrow, South Africa. But what we really can’t get over is the look on the face of the guy in the back, why is he so surprised by a traditional New Year’s kiss?
According to the information on the Hells Angels website, South Africa is home to eight club charters, including ones in Cape Town and Georgetown. Read on to see the Hells Angels’ take on the Vietnam War.
The Angels Take on Vietnam Protesters
The Vietnam War was a hot button issue right from the start, not only in America but all around the world. In 1965, one of the first anti-war protests were held at the Berkeley-Oakland line in California. The Hells Angels decided to keep the demonstrators out of Oakland and 35 of their members attacked the marchers as they were nearing the police cordon.
A fight broke out in which the Angels beat the protesters and called them traitors. There were no serious injuries in the brawl, except for a police officer who broke his leg. It seems like the cops were on the Angels’ side with only two of them being taken in after the incident.
Hells Angels Forever – The Movie
A documentary about the club was released in 1983 under the name Hells Angels Forever. The movie outlines the history of the club and their evolution into a worldwide organization. This photo shows late actor Robin Williams and his wife Valerie at the film’s premiere party.
Chuck Zito (seen on the right), who was the Vice President of the New York charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, also attended the premiere. The New York Times review of the film called it: “a narcissistic, somewhat paranoid, sometimes self-conscious home movie.”
When Hells Angels Tie the Knot
In this photo, which was originally published by the Manchester Daily Express, a Hells Angel by the name of John Fernihough also nicknamed Walkden just married his beloved, Marie Clarkson aka Eccles. The British groom was just 17 years old, and the bride was 16. They tied the knot at the local Registrars office in October 1971.
Unfortunately, some of the club’s more recent nuptials have taken a more aggressive turn, like a wedding service which took place in Vegas in 2008 and ended with 13 men getting arrested for assault. Coming up next, the Hells Angels 50th-anniversary celebration.