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Riding with the Hell's Angels

In early 1965, LIFE photographer Bill Ray and writer Joe Bride spent several weeks with a gang that, to this day, serves as a living, brawling embodiment of our schizoid relationship with the rebel: the Hells Angels. See all the pictures at Life.com

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Hells Angels, California, 1965.
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A teenager seems drawn, like a moth to a flame, by the Angels and their machines, California, 1965.
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From writer Joe Bride's notes: "An Angel is frisked.... Cops were mainly looking for his stash of unrolled marijuana, and didn't find any. It was inside the seat pad [of the bike he was riding.]"
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Hells Angels and locals outside the Blackboard Cafe in Bakersfield, Calif., 1965.
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Biker chick, California, 1965.
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Outside the Blackboard Cafe at night, Bakersfield, Calif., 1965.
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Riding with the Hell's Angels

In early 1965, LIFE photographer Bill Ray and writer Joe Bride spent several weeks with a gang that, to this day, serves as a living, brawling embodiment of our schizoid relationship with the rebel: the Hells Angels. See all the pictures at Life.com

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