Essential biker books guide 3: Bikers Birth of a modern day outlaw

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Birth of a modern day outlaw

Up until his death in a motorcycle accident in 2000, Dr Maz Harris was probably one of the best known figures on the British biker scene being both spokesman for the Hells Angels charter in England and a biker magazine columnist focusing on biker rights.

He completed his PhD at Warwick University looking at myths and reality in the motorcycle sub culture and I suspect a fair bit of that work found its way into this.

The book contains a large selection of photographs tracing mainly British biker history from the days of The Wild One, through the sixties rockers, and then on into the outlaw biker club scene. But while the written content is quite slim, it is well worth reading. He manages to describe in a very readable way both the personal, in his own path to involvement in bikes and bike club culture, and his feelings about riding and what it means; as well as the social significance (as I guess you’d expect given his studies) in an insightful view of the development of the biker scene in the light of changing culture elsewhere.

Highly recommended and a bit of a collector’s item these days (hint – you may need to try eBay).

Maz Harris


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  1. Bill J. from Austin

    Excellent book by a keen observer of the outlaw scene. On Amazon and eBay you can still find copies for $40 and up, but I also spotted a number of sellers asking upwards of $100. ? I stil have my original, but I sold an extra copy for $15 a few years back. Regretting it now!

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