Soul on Bikes: The East Bay Dragons MC and the Black Biker Set

Soul on Bikes: The East Bay Dragons MC and the Black Biker Set


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760345351
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 11/15/2013
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tobie Levingston

Table of Contents


1 Scootin' Back in the Pack 
2 Layin' It By: Scratch Ankle and the Sharecropping Days 
3 Fast Times in Jingletown 
4 Enter the Dragons: The Fighting Levingstons 
5 Butthole Shifters and Suicide Clutches 
6 Here Come Them Dirty Dragons 
7 Monterey Pop and Days of Love & Haight 
8 Panther Power and the Long Hot Summer 
9 Head Start Up the Grapevine 
10 Bags, Brawls, and Bears 
11 On the Side of Angels 
12 Heavy Racin' 
13 That Damned Pipe: The Cocaine '80s 
14 The Chosen Few, the LA Defiant Ones, and the Black L.A. Set 
15 Devil on My Shoulder 
16 The Saga of Dangerous John 
17 A Younger Breed of Dragons 
18 Elimination 

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Frost Illustrated Feb. 7, 2007

“Soul on Bikes: The East Bay Dragons MC and the Black Biker Set is a fascinating biography of a fascinating black man and an equally fascinating black movement.”

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