• Hell's Angels
In 1965, the club "Hell's Angels" made an exception and allowed strangers - photographer Bill Ray and a journalist of the magazine "Life" Joe Bryden - to travel with them. Journal employees have received a great honor, because usually these people are secretive, concealing the face for lush beards and dark glasses nobody close to him were not allowed.
Life on speed: photographer "Life" Bill Ray took off, "Hell's Angels" on the road between San Bernardino and Bakersfield, California.
Journalists taken as law-abiding citizens still shied away from the roar of Harley-Davidson and were amazed at the sight of the hairy bikers. Earn the trust of "Angels" - healthy men with names like Grif, Ham and Big Dee - was not easy.
Ray had to beat the "angels" are two of the three parties in the pool, which he had made one of LA friends Bryde's, and only after that they have agreed to.
Life on the road: The photographer and a journalist traveling with bikers for several weeks in 1965, but the editor in the end decided not to publish the article
One of the "Angels" and lets go of the wheel leans back. On the speed of 160 km / h just reminds blurry spot instead of the field near the road.
"It was a whole new generation of rebels," - said Ray LIFE.com - "Of course, they never worked. And rejects everything it sought the average American: stability, security. They drive a motorcycle, hanging out in bars and fought with everyone who molested them. They were self-sufficient society with its own set of rules and patterns of behavior. For me it was an amazing experience. "
Ray recalls: "Sometimes they were joined by" the old lady ", which the bikers picked up (and choose), stopping at the bars."
"Angels" privekali attention of the local, the other bikers and police, wherever they were. Ray says: "Anyone who is jealous of their freedom, should be aware that wherever they went, the cops are always watching It's cool, but at the same time is very annoying.".
Ray, who made the log also reports about the war in Vietnam, he said: "It was amazing to be around them. You never know what they will do next. Do you like all the time on the brink. And they will not hurry, so spend time for a beer, weed and just staggering to and fro. Constantly I was overcome by the feeling that something can happen right now, and all this can be from legkomylsenno-relaxed pretty scary, and rapidly. " Their love for the road: "They just go. Where - hardly matters. This is not an easy life, but they have chosen this. This is their life. And the rest can get out of the way or to go to hell. "
rush to work or even elsewhere there was no need, therefore, time to kill grass or alcohol. Large amounts of alcohol often led to fights.
"Threat": For many ordinary citizens roar of engines and the kind of hairy bikers was enough to scare.
Ray also did not forget to talk about the "old" - girls aged ... -nadtsati to twenties who went behind the "Angels": "They came, bikers vybirarali confident girls and told them where to sit and what to do" .
"I think these guys did not understand that I am not a real" tough guy "or something like that. But one day, when I was going to attack, one of the "Angels" I said that if someone has a single touch my hair, then cover him. And then I felt ... not to feel safe - you never feel them myself so - but I kind of passed the test and was admitted to the club. "