George Christie Jr. was one of the leaders of the notorious Hells Angels Motorcycle Club for 35 years, the longest-sitting president in its history. Now out of the group, he is hosting the new History series Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels, which looks to reveal the secrets of the club over the course of its six hourlong episodes beginning Tuesday, Aug. at 10pm ET.
“I figured it was the appropriate time to tell the story from my perspective and my words,” Christie tells us. “It’s interesting because it’s not really from a law enforcement perspective. That’s usually the way these stories are told. It’s very unique.”
Among the topics addressed will be several criminal allegations that the members acted at the behest of the leaders to move the enterprise further into criminal acts.
“My position, and I hold it steadfast throughout all six episodes, is the Hells Angels is not a criminal organization, but there are criminals within the organization like there are in any walks of life,” Christie clarifies.
Also touched upon will be the infamous incident at the Altamont Free Concert in 1969 that ended up degenerating into a melee during which a Hells Angels member (the group had been enlisted to provide security) stabbed an audience member to death.
“We’ll talk about Altamont,” Christie says, “what really happened there. I think a lot of people would be surprised. In fact, someone that was working with me on this was completely surprised as to what really happened at Altamont. They had no idea what transpired there and the aftermath. We had a running battle with the Rolling Stones for several years because they didn’t fulfill their agreement with the club. That’s all going to be revealed, [including an] unsuccessful attempt to blow up a yacht that Mick was on.”
The Hells Angels have a reputation for taking vengeance on members who speak out about the group, but Christie isn’t overly concerned for his safety regarding this project.
“That’s really not an issue with me,” he says. “Certainly there are people that have taken exception. When you’re a leader in an organization for 35 years and you have a revelation and decide to leave, certainly there’s a faction of your old associates that aren’t going to be happy with you. I feel that it’s my story and I want to tell it from my perspective, so that’s what I’ve decided to do.”
Christie thinks this story will be particularly enlightening for average viewers with no inside information on the motorcycle world in general, or the Hells Angels in particular, a group that Christie says is on “every continent in the world” and is continuing to grow and evolve.
“What I want [viewers] to understand is they have completely misinterpreted what the organization is all about and what its primary function is.”