As Sonny Barger
tells it, his first bike was a red Schwinn one-speed with coaster brakes. Although the future founding member of the Hell's Angels was one of the poorest kids in his Oakland, Calif., grammar school, his wheels gave him freedom. Eventually, they took him to the streets of San Francisco and made him the leader of a small gang of friends. Fast forward 10 years, and Barger had already dropped out of high school, purchased his own motorcycle, become a member of a club called Earth Angels, enlisted in the army, gotten his first tattoo, smoked his first joint, received a discharge, worked as a night janitor, packed cans at a potato chip factory, polished car hoods on an assembly line, and gotten arrested for the first of 21 times in his life. And now, Barger has written a memoir, Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club
(pictured right), which he'll be discussing and signing at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. Call 286-2700 for details.