LIFE Archives: Hells Angels, 1965

29/09/2010 § Leave a comment

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club dates back to California, 1948.  Considered a crime syndicate by law enforcement, the Hells Angels have always had a distinct look and way of doing things.  LIFE has just posted some amazing never before-seen shots of the Mother Chapter San Bernandino “Berdoo” Hells Angels, taken in 1965 by LIFE photographer Bill Ray.  View the entire gallery here.

Among some of the more noteworthy shots are of the women that ran with the Hells Angels – the Angels’  “old ladies.”  In the shot below the women are waiting while the men hold a meeting in another room.  Check out the one on the right – yeah, the one with the broken nose…


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