Sons of Anarchy For Real
For fans of the television show, “Sons of Anarchy”, a lot of what George Christie talks about in his book is familiar. He describes his journey from watching war abroad to the leadership of the Hells Angels that he came head to head with, before quitting. If you know the story of Jax, from the show, then you may find that there’s a lot to explore in this book, because it parallels a lot at the time. However, this is all real, and Christie admits he has not held back at all. In the introduction Christie says that he doesn’t hold anything back, despite revealing secrets, he is a straight shooter. Everything he talks about are real experiences, and he doesn’t try to hide behind honor or anything, he owns up to his mistakes and he really lets you have it, from his perspective as a former member, and leader.
Beyond Biker Culture
Christie does a good job of handling the material of his life, without trying to throw in a lot of simile or metaphor. I liked that. This reads like a journal at times. He has a way of explaining the biker culture from top to bottom, and describes famous events that involved the Hells Angels and other clubs. He talks about them frankly, and from insider perspectives that you do not always get. I’ve read about other people that were in the gangs, specifically those that were in ATF or FBI trying to get in on the clubs. This is not that kind of story, as there’s violence and mayhem here that is often regretted by the writer. I appreciated his no-nonsense approach to the writing, making this a fast and easy book to read, and not put down.
The Biker Life Has Evolved
The biker life has definitely evolved. Christie leaves the club after many years of leadership and recruiting. Rising from the bottom to the top is no easy feat, and he does it through hard work, and a good example. However, he is not without faults, much like the “Sons of Anarchy” stories you may be familiar with. You can easily put the actors into the stories that Christie talks about, but you have to remind yourself, this is real, and it is what happened. It’s a great set piece to add to your knowledge of motorcycle clubs. It’s a tale that is somewhat of a cautionary tale of what the biker life was, is, and may become in the future.
Unfortunately, there are individuals that do not like this book. I recently read a Huffington Post article in which someone skewers him, and his book. I can’t really comment on knowing anyone within the world of publishing like this, but it seems like an all-out attack, which is what Christie said would happen in his book. This is Christie’s truth, mind you, so if someone else out there has an opinion on it, it may be different. But let’s be honest for a moment. We all see things differently, and there will be people that discredit our stories, and process as well, so don’t read too much about what the naysayers say. This is a quality read.
Star Rating For “Exile On Front Street: My Life As A Hells Angel and Beyond” by George Christie
I read this book faster than I did my previous reads. My next read is going to take me at least 11 to 12 days to complete, so in light of that, I’m going to say that this book deserves a 4 out of 5. I loved it for the most part, but felt that since it was written in an autobiographical manner, with little to no creative editing or additions, it’s not going to be a fun read for those that are not explicitly interested in the Hells Angels. I thought it was great though. I definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of motorcycle clubs, pop culture, and post war veterans, etc.