‘Exile on Front Street: My Life as a Hells Angel’ – George Christie

Outlaw biker takes a look back at a life on and off the road.

George Christie. Not to be messed with.
George Christie. Not to be messed with.
I couldn’t be more of a square; this is the assumption I’ve made having read the life of Ventura Hells Angels charter president George Christie. The man is, was, essentially forever be an outlaw… which is a term he clings to and wears as an all-but-literal badge of honour. This is the autobiography of the former President of the Ventura, California branch of the Hells Angels. As far as life stories go, there are few out there with more colour. Keith Richards’ Life, perhaps.

So yeah, here’s me, who could not be more suburban and middle class and sheltered, being drawn in to the vivid, almost cinematic world Christie paints in these pages. The title references his exile stemming from his expulsion from the Angels, as well as playing into the notoriety established by the club from their disastrous stint as security at the Stones’ Altamont gig (events which pre-date Christie’s time as an outlaw biker).

There’s something entirely charismatic about the persona that Christie presents. Yes, he’s an outlaw biker; yes, he done wrong (which is sugar-coating it). But you can understand the appeal. You get a tangible sense of the pride one might feel aback a Harley Davidson on the open American road. It doesn’t make the lifestyle more appealing – there are fights involved and I’ve never been in that situation; I don’t stand my ground, I just run. But he very successfully articulates how he feels about the lifestyle, the way he feels when on a bike on a long, flat journey; he equates it to a Zen-like state of bliss, for which I will have to take his word (I have a push bike, so I’m more of your 10-speed outlaw… take that, society!).

Christie’s storytelling is compelling; he paints a captivating, fascinating portrait of this world he once inhabited and does an excellent job in articulating the various codes, unwritten rules and ‘mentality’ of the outlaw biker set. A fascinating insight it is, especially when you see that at the end of the day, even the Hells Angels are an incorporated body bound, and often hindered by bureaucratic processes.

There’s a moment in one of many occasions where Christie found himself in front of a judge, where the comment was made along the lines of “I can only imagine what you’ve gotten away with over the years, Mr Christie,” which rings rather true. If you believe every word of his, Christie never did so much as jaywalk. So, you’d assume some degree of embellishment has taken place.

You can also only assume he may have had help in stitching this tome together, but on the surface, Christie is a great writer – a true-to-life storyteller who makes this world of outlaws, bikers, thugs and off-the-grid bad boys seem so ‘romantic’. You’ll never find me anywhere near anything with ‘Harley Davidson’ written on it, but I had a hard time putting down Christie’s grandiose, suave autobiography. So it’s probably slanted? So what?

I kinda loved this book, to tell the truth.

Get your motor running, indeed.

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Exile on Front Street – My Life as a Hells Angel, by George Christie
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7 responses on “‘Exile on Front Street: My Life as a Hells Angel’ – George Christie

  1. Nick Mead

    I made the film on Christie and I pulled it because I found out that he was lying. You can’t call yourself “The Last American Outlaw” and at the same time be talking to the police.

    My integrity kicked in and I couldn’t stand by a lie. As I attempted to fact check the film he refused to co operate. Eventually I realized it was all BS.

    The parts in the book where he talks about me are total lies. He is totally lying when he says I pulled the film because I was threatened by the club. The only person who threatened me was his daughter Moriya who basically said she’d make me bankrupt if I didn’t hand over the film. And more recently a personal threat which confirms his position as a Rat.

    I have no reason to lie — I have a long track record of making credible films and have won many awards for my work.

    There are numerous challenges to Georges word, all of which he has run away from.

    I can only talk about my experiences. George is a self absorbed self obsessed narcissist who is only listening when he’s talking about himself. Lies, lies and more lies. Pure poison.

    Here’s some truth — http://www.agingrebel.com/14508

    1. Matt Reddin Post author

      George Christie: “Nick Mead needs to get a life or a new project. Whatever happens first…he is still butt hurt the the History Channel didn’t want him for Outlaw Chronicles.”

  2. Nick Mead

    Super funny George. Massive paper trails saying I kept refusing to be a part of it. Through his lawyers as well.

    George Christie lies again. No surprises there.

  3. Nick Mead

    Here’s two letters from Me to Christie’s lawyers laying out my position on the History Channel? Are these lies George? Ask james Devine your lawyer.

    28/10/2014
    to James
    For the avoidance of any doubt I really do not want outlaw to be tied in or linked to any show on the history channel. I did not make it as a part of a series or to be associated with it in any way.
    I think I’ve said this before.
    Cheers
    Nick Mead

    28/10/2014
    to James
    I have spent all my life avoiding TV unless I am in total complete control. I don’t want this to be a part of a series or associated with it.
    I have a strong strong disdain for the history channel. Hate their fearmongering.
    The last thing I want anyone to think is that this would be available to them at all or hat outlaw would be offered to them.

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