Outlaw Motorcycle Club Books
We have put together this list of outlaw motorcycle club books because nobody else seems to have done a good job at it. Only books that we recommend are listed, as there are literally hundreds of books on the subject available, but the problem is that a lot of the MC books are rubbish.
Our list of outlaw motorcycle club books have been categorized by motorcycle club, as well as having a general section at the end for those that discuss multiple motorcycle clubs or can be used more as reference books.
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Here is a list of the categories that you will find below (in the order they appear on this page):
- Bandidos Books
- Boozefighters Books
- Chosen Few books
- Comanchero Books
- Grim Reapers Books
- Gypsy Joker Books
- Hells Angels Books
- Jus Brothers Books
- Mongols Books
- Outlaws Books / Black Pistons Books
- Pagans Books
- Rebels Books
- Satan’s Choice Books
- Vagos Books
- Other Motorcycle Clubs
- General/Reference Outlaw Motorcycle Club Books
Bandidos Motorcycle Club Books
Our list of Bandidos books:
Bandidos Book – The Bandido Massacre by Peter Edwards.
A highly in depth review of the events surrounding the Shedden Massacre of 8 Bandidos members, later found out to be murdered by other members of the Bandidos. Find out more on Amazon (link opens in a new tab).
Bandidos Book – The Fat Mexican: The Bloody Rise of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club by Alex Caine.
Detailing the worldwide rise of the Bandidos, written by Alex Caine who was able to infiltrate the club over 3 years. Find out more on Amazon.
Book – Enforcer by Colin Caesar Campbell.
This is a biography of Caesar Campbell who was the Sergeant-At-Arms of the Bandidos Australia. The book details his time within Comanchero MC, the forming of the Bandidos Australia chapter, the Milperra Massacre on Father’s Day and finally the aftermath. Find out more on Amazon.
Bandidos Book – Out in Bad Standings: Inside The Bandidos Motorcycle Club – The Making Of A Worldwide Dynasty by Edward Winterhalder.
Edward Winterhalder was the Founder and President of the Oklahoma chapter of the Bandidos. After leaving in 2003 Edward Winterhalder’s status was changed to “Out in Bad Standings” by the Bandidos. It is worth noting that paperback/hardback version of this book has been split into two parts for the Kindle. View Part 1 and Part 2 on Amazon.
Bandidos Book – The Assimilation: Rock Machine Becomes Bandidos: Bikers United Against The Hells Angels by Edward Winterhalder and Wil De Clercq.
Covers the patching over of Rock Machine MC to the Bandidos as part of the Quebec Biker War. Find out more on Amazon (link opens in a new tab).
- Brothers In Arms: Bikie Wars by Lindsay Simpson and Sandra Harvey (see the Comanchero Books section of this article).
Boozefighters Motorcycle Club Books
Our list of Boozefighters books:
Book – The Original Wild Ones: Tales of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club by Bill Hayes.
This book tells the story of the history of the Boozefighters MC, who were one of the clubs in attendance at the Hollister Riot. Statements made in the book by members who attended the rally make it clear that the Hollister Riot situation was widely blown out of proportion by the media. Find out more on Amazon (link opens in a new tab).
Chosen Few Motorcycle Club Books
Our list of Chosen Few books:
Book – The Chosen Few: A 40-Year Look at an Outlaw Motorcycle Club by Elliot Michael Gold.
The author speaks with multiple members where they provide an insider perspective of the club, covering both how the club came to be, as well as the lifestyle of being a member. Find out more on Amazon (link opens in a new tab).
Comanchero Motorcycle Club Books
Our list of Comanchero books:
Comanchero Book – Brothers In Arms: Bikie Wars by Lindsay Simpson and Sandra Harvey.
The original book on which the television mini-series was based, covering the split of Comanchero, where members left to start Bandidos MC Australia and then the violent 1984 Father’s Day Massacre against the Bandidos MC. Find out more on Amazon.
Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club Books
Our list of Grim Reapers books:
Book – Breaking The Code: A True Story By A Hells Angels And The Cop Who Pursued Him by Pat Matter and Chris Omodt.
Pat Matter started out in the Grim Reapers MC Fort Dodge chapter, before moving on to become a Hells Angels President. Find out more on Amazon.
Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club Books
Our list of Gypsy Joker books:
Book – Phil Cross: Gypsy Joker to a Hells Angel by Phil Cross.
Phil Cross was the founder of the Gypsy Joker San Jose chapter, which after years of violent battles with the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was eventually patched over by the Hells Angels. This book tells his story of those violent times. Find out more on Amazon.
Hells Angels Motorcycle Club Books
Our list of Hells Angels books:
Hells Angels Book – Hells Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga by Hunter S. Thompson.
This is a classic in the outlaw motorcycle club community and is a must read for anyone interested in finding out about early life in the Hells Angels. A great starting point for your collection, no matter which club you follow. Find out more on Amazon.
Hells Angels Book – Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club by Sonny Barger with Keith Zimmerman and Kent Zimmerman.
The book about one the most famous Hells Angels of all time, Sonny Barger, who founded the Hells Angels Oakland chapter and has been the President and public face of the club for decades. A more modern view of the club than is described in Hunter S. Thompson’s book, but both are definitely worth reading. Find out more on Amazon.
Hells Angels Book – Wayward Angel: The Full Story Of The Hells Angels by George Wethern with Vincent Colnett.
George Wethern was the Vice President of the Hells Angels Oakland Chapter, the right hand man to Sonny Barger, who then testified against Hells Angels members before entering the witness protection. Find out more on Amazon.
Hells Angels Book – No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels by Jay Dobyns and Nils Johnson-Shelton.
Jay Dobyns was a member of the ATF. This book covers his successful infiltration of the of the Hells Angels. Agents first infiltrated the Solo Angels Motorcycle Club and used their standing to then get inside the Arizona Hells Angels to the point of becoming a fully patched member before taking them down in dozens of arrests. Find out more on Amazon.
- Gypsy Joker to a Hells Angel by Phil Cross (see the Gypsy Joker Books section of this article)
- Breaking The Code: A True Story By A Hells Angels And The Cop Who Pursued Him by Pat Matter and Chris Omodt (see the Grim Reapers Books section of this article)
Jus Brothers Motorcycle Club Books
Our list of Jus Brothers books:
Book – A Road Without End: The JUS BROTHERS Motorcycle Club, 1990–2007 by Michael Patrick McCusker a.k.a Jus Brothers Founder “Irish Mike”. This book covers the full history of the club from conception in 1990 through to the establishment of their various chapters, all written by their founder. Find out more on Amazon.
Mongols Motorcycle Club Books
Our list of Mongols books:
Mongols Book – Under and Alone: The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America’s Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang by William Queen.
The title pretty much says it all. In 1998, as part of his role in the ATF, William Queen was sent in to infiltrate the Mongols under the alias of Billy St. John. He was able to become a fully patched member and rise to the role of Treasurer where he gathered evidence against the club, resulting in 54 arrests in April, 2000. Find out more on Amazon.
Out Bad by Donald Charles Davis (The Aging Rebel)
Covers the end of the ATF’s Operation Black Rain infiltration of the Mongols and the resulting corruption that occurred on the law enforcement side to try and make charges stick. Very well written by Donald Charles Davis, who may be best known as the founder of the highly respected Aging Rebel website. Find out more on Amazon.
Mongols MC Book – The Unknown Mongol by Scott Ereckson.
An autobiography covering Scott Ereckon’s life starting from a boy who dreamed of bikes and follows him through time in prison for murder and his troubled rise to the top of the food chain, where he became the Mongols National President. Both an informative and highly entertaining read. Find out more on Amazon.
- Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws by Charles Falco and Kerrie Droban (see the Vagos section of this article)
Outlaws Motorcycle Club Books / Black Pistons Books
Our list of Outlaws books:
Outlaws Book / Photojournalism – Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders by Danny Lyon.
A 1967 photojournalism piece by Danny Lyon. This compiles of both photographs and interviews with members between 1963 and 1967 and is one of the classics of early outlaw motorcycle club culture. Find out more on Amazon.
Outlaws Book – Bikin’ and Brotherhood: My Journey by David Charles Spurgeon.
David Spurgeon spent 11 years riding with the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. In this book he shares his own experiences of being in the club, without seeming to over-stretch the truth. Find out more on Amazon.
Twilight of the Outlaws by Donald Charles Davis.
The author Donald Charles Davis is better known on the Internet as the “Aging Rebel”. This book covers the killing of Black Pistons member Zachariah “Nas T” Tipton in 2014, with a strong focus on the injustices that exist with modern day law enforcement. Find out more on Amazon (link opens in a new tab).
- Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws by Charles Falco and Kerrie Droban (see the Vagos section of this article)
Pagans Motorcycle Club Books
Our list of Pagans books:
Pagans Book – Riding on the Edge: A Motorcycle Outlaw’s Tale by John Hall. Starting from the 1960s, where John Hall was the Pagans Long Island President this is commonly regarded as one of the most accurate accounts of the sub-culture. Find out more on Amazon.
Pagans Book – Jersey Tough by Wayne “Big Chuck” Bradshaw
Wayne Bradshaw was a member of the Pagans in the late 1970s before leaving to join the Middletown New Jersey Police Department where he had a 20 year career. Find out more on Amazon (link opens in a new tab).
Rebels Motorcycle Club Books
Our list of Rebels books (Rebels Canada):
The Rebels: A Brotherhood of Outlaw Bikers by Daniel R Wolf.
A well written overview of the outlaw motorcycle culture in North America. Daniel Wolf was completing this work as part of his thesis while studying as an anthropology student. He spent around 3 years riding with the Rebels (Canada). Find out more on Amazon.
Satan’s Choice Motorcycle Club Books
Our list of Satan’s Choice books:
Unrepentant: The Strange and (Sometimes) Terrible Life of Lorne Campbell, Satan’s Choice and Hells Angels Biker by Lorne Campbell.
Lorne Campbell joined the Satan’s Choice Motorcycle Club at the age of 17 and stayed a member for 46 years. He was one of the members of the Satan’s Choice members present at the 1978 shooting of Bill Matiyek, although not convicted. The book is filled with many short stories starting from his abusive childhood through to joining the outlaw motorcycle club scene and finally leaving the Hells Angels MC in good standing in 2011 after over 4 decades with Satan’s Choice and later the Hells Angels. Find out more on Amazon (link opens in a new tab).
Vagos Motorcycle Club Books
Our list of Vagos books:
Outlaws Book – Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs by Charles Falco and Kerrie Droban.
Charles Falco was a large scale methamphetamine dealer when he was arrested and provided a deal by the ATF to infiltrate outlaw motorcycle clubs. First it was Vagos MC, where he rose to the role of “Officer” in the Victorville, California chapter, then the Mongols and finally the Outlaws where he became the Petersburg, Virginia Vice President. Find out more on Amazon.
Terry the Tramp: The Life and Dangerous Times of a One Percenter by K. Randall Ball (Easyriders magazine writer Keith “Bandit” Ball)
This is the biography of Terry Orendorff. Terry “The Tramp” is the former International President of Vagos MC, a position which he held for several decades. The book takes you through his life, but also provides an insight into the biker culture, particularly around the 1970s and 1980s. Find out more on Amazon (link opens in a new tab).
Other Motorcycle Clubs
Soul on Bikes: The East Bay Dragons MC and the Black Biker Set by Tobie Levingston, Keith Zimmerman, Kent Zimmerman and forward by Ralph “Sonny” Barger.
Starting in the East Bay Dragons early years from the 1950s, before the black revolution had begun, this book takes you on a journey following the forming of the outlaw black biker culture in California. Find out more on Amazon.
General / Reference Outlaw Motorcycle Club Books
These books cover multiple clubs and are a great addition for anyone interested in building up their outlaw motorcycle club general knowledge.
The One Percenter Encyclopedia by Bill Hayes.
The One Percenter Encyclopedia is one of the bibles if you enjoy learning about the outlaw motorcycle club culture. With a brief summary of over one hundred clubs, this is a fantastic reference book to get a quick feel for all of the clubs that are out there. Find out more on Amazon.
Biker Gangs and Transnational Organized Crime by Thomas Barker.
This book details the worldwide influence of outlaw motorcycle clubs, touching on all of the major clubs, with a strong focus on the criminal aspects that are involved. It is another reference book that you should add to your collection. Find out more on Amazon.
The Brotherhoods: Inside The Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs by Arthur Veno. This book takes a look at all of the outlaw motorcycle clubs in Australia. Find out more on Amazon.
Patched: The History of Gangs in New Zealand by Jarrod Gilbert. This book covers the gang history of New Zealand, including details on the battles between the Road Knights, Damned MC, Devils Henchmen MC, Black Power and the Mongrel Mob. Find out more on Amazon.
Barbarians on Bikes: Bikers and Motorcycle Gangs in Men’s Pulp Adventure Magazines (The Men’s Adventure Library) by Robert Deis, Wyatt Doyle and Paul Bishop. An archive of classic pulp magazine cover art and other beautiful light hearted illustrations covering the outlaw biker scene of the 1950s through to the 1970s. Even if you have no intention of purchasing, spend a few minutes looking through the extensive free preview on Amazon. Find out more on Amazon.
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