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The world of bikers' clubs has long been shrouded in secrecy, but the role of women in these male bastions is even more mysterious. Popular images of scantily clad females who are little more than slaves don't do justice to the rich history and culture of the many women who have chosen to ride with their biker men. Even less press is given to the women who ride in their own right in clubs that celebrate the camaraderie of other women and the freedom and exhilaration of riding powerful motorbikes.
Ever since Motor Maids, the first female motorcycle club, formed in the 1930s with their quaint white gloves and a flourish of color on their jackets, women bikers have been turning heads. And yet today in the male world of the clubs women are seen as mere 'accessories' for male club members and the rules and protocols they must observe are astonishing, though some wield far more power over their men than it would appear.
Biker Chicks brings together the personal stories of the women - the 'ole ladies', the 'strippers', the 'hang-arounds', the 'biker sluts', the 'mamas' and the 'sweet butts', as well as the experiences of the all female biker groups - and puts them into the context of a long entertaining history, detailing the forces and motivations that draw particular women to the bike scene.
Biker Chicks is a unique and timely look into a world that mystifies - sometimes terrifies - the outsider.
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Edward Winterhalder is the world's leading authority on motorcycle clubs and the outlaw biker lifestyle; his eleven books about the culture are sold all over the world and published in multiple languages. He was associated with motorcycle clubs for almost thirty years, and has been seen on CNN, Fox News (the O'Reilly Factor with Bill O'Reilly), Bravo, Al Jazeera, BBC, ABC Nightline, MSNBC News Nation, History Channel, Good Morning America, Global, National Geographic, History Television, AB Groupe, and CBC. In addition to his literary endeavors, he is a consultant to the entertainment industry, and has produced episodes of TV series such as Outlaw Bikers, Gang World, Marked, Biker Chicz, Living On The Edge, and Gangland.
Arthur Veno is the author of The Brotherhoods, the best-selling and most definitive account of the Australian biker scene. Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Social Psychologist, Dr. Veno has specialised in the study of the biker sub-culture in Australia and New Zealand for more than two decades. He is often called upon to serve as an international commentator for media events relating to bikers and the biker subculture.
Interesting Reading. "Though the authors do not say it, I found these women have a lot in common with the Groupies who hang around rock stars. Indeed this book could be easily labeled Biker Groupies. Beyond that this book is very informative on the subject of women involved with Outlaw Bikers. It trashes numeorus stereotypes and calls into question as to who the real bigots are. It puts out the burning myths of a lot of the stuff out from Hollywood and the media. It just tells us the story of these Ol' Ladies of the Outlaw Biker world. I enjoyed this book very much." -Amazon customer 2010
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB1741756952
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111741756952