Sonny Barger Poster

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Served in the United States Army (1955).

In 1982 he was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and his vocal cords were removed. On the way to the operating room he smoked one last cigarette. After the operation he had to learn how to talk again.

Involved in the infamous 1969 Rolling Stones free Concert of Altamont in the San Francisco bay area, which resulted the death of a young man who brought a Gun to the Concert which erupted into in a fight with the Hell's Angels. Later, the Hell's Angels were acquitted on all charges. (December 6, 1969)

Is one of the most famous outlaw Bikers in the world.

Is a member of the Cave Creek Chapter of the Hells Angels in Phoenix, Arizona.

In 1958 he became president of the Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels.

Has only owned between 10-12 bikes in his life.

In 1982 he was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx; the doctors gave him two weeks to live.

Dropped out of School at age 16 to join the United States Army.

His mother abandoned the family when he was a very young.

He always carries a marker/pen with him to sign autographs.

Hates Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.

His father was an alcoholic.

Since he is a convicted criminal, he has lost his right to vote and own a gun.

In 1957 he started the Oakland Chapter of the Hells Angeles.

He has 2 dogs - Hannah and Freedom.

He moved from Oakland to Cave Creek, AZ. in 1998.

In 1988 Barger was sentenced for conspiring to blow up the clubhouse of a rival motorcycle club, the Outlaws in Louisville, Kentucky. He spent four years in federal prison in Arizona.

Barger and the Hells Angels supported the war in Vietnam.

In November 1965 Barger sent a letter to president Lyndon Johnson at the White House in support of the war in Vietnam: "I volunteer a group of loyal Americans for behind-the-line duty in Vietnam. We are available for training and duty immediately." Barger received a letter in response from an officer stating if they wanted to fight they would have to enlist in the army.

In April 1957 he was riding to Gardena, CA. and his motorcycle broke down on the highway. A Hells Angel stopped to help him. After that encounter he started the Oakland chapter.

Barger and the Hells Angels made international headlines when a small group disrupted hundreds of anti-war protesters in Berkeley, California in 1965.