Soul on Bikes

The East Bay Dragons MC and the Black Biker Set

Tobie Levingston, Keith Zimmerman, Kent Zimmerman foreword by Ralph Sonny Barger
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The East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club has gunned their Harleys through the meanest streets of Oakland, California, since the 1950s. Before Rosa Parks took her historic bus ride and before Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Huey P. Newton and the Black Panthers stood bravely for equal rights, the East Bay Dragons MC risked life and limb during the days when it was a revolutionary act for a black man to ride a Harley chopper. Written by Tobie Levingston, the club's original founder, Soul on Bikes offers a slice of underground American and African-American history you're unlikely to read in any textbook. Levingston and his colorful cast of misfits and comrades are an all-black, all-Harley, all-chopper group of motorcyclists who have found more than their fair share of violence and redemption on the battlegrounds of urban America--and their legacy is an important untold portion of African-American history. Soul on Bikes recounts the club's adventures with humor, attitude, and, most important, soul.

Author bio:

Tobie LevingstonTobie Gene Levingston was born in Tallulah, Louisiana, the county seat of Madison Parish. He founded the East Bay Dragons car club in Oakland, California, which eventually became the East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club, one of the nation's leading all-black, Harley-only motorcycle clubs. Tobie Gene has been the sole president of the East Bay Dragons MC since the club's formation in 1959.www.eastbaydragons.com Keith and Ken Zimmerman are a unique writing team of twin brothers. They have co-authored with Ralph Sonny Barger Hell's Angel; Ridin' High, Livin' Free; and Dead in 5 Heartbeats: A Novel. They also co-authored Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs with John Lydon of the Sex Pistols.Tobie Gene Levingston was born in Tallulah, Louisiana, the county seat of Madison Parish. He founded the East Bay Dragons car club in Oakland, California, which eventually became the East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club, one of the nation's leading all-black, Harley-only motorcycle clubs. Tobie Gene has been the sole president of the East Bay Dragons MC since the club's formation in 1959.www.eastbaydragons.com Keith and Ken Zimmerman are a unique writing team of twin brothers. They have co-authored with Ralph Sonny Barger Hell's Angel; Ridin' High, Livin' Free; and Dead in 5 Heartbeats: A Novel. They also co-authored Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs with John Lydon of the Sex Pistols.Tobie Gene Levingston was born in Tallulah, Louisiana, the county seat of Madison Parish. He founded the East Bay Dragons car club in Oakland, California, which eventually became the East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club, one of the nation's leading all-black, Harley-only motorcycle clubs. Tobie Gene has been the sole president of the East Bay Dragons MC since the club's formation in 1959.www.eastbaydragons.com Keith and Ken Zimmerman are a unique writing team of twin brothers. They have co-authored with Ralph Sonny Barger Hell's Angel; Ridin' High, Livin' Free; and Dead in 5 Heartbeats: A Novel. They also co-authored Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs with John Lydon of the Sex Pistols.

Category: World history
ISBN: 9780760345351
Publisher: Quarto US
Imprint: Motorbooks
Pub Date: November 2013
Page Extent: 272
Format: Paperback
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: General & world history