San Francisco: Frank Reynolds / Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, 1968. First Edition. Quarto (26.75cm); twelve (12) five-color broadsides (measuring 20cm X 26cm), printed on rectos only and housed in an illustrated portfolio on glossy cardstock. A few stress creases and some subtle toning along the spine-fold of the portfolio, else Fine.
An off-the-wall collection of free-form poems written by Freewheelin' Frank Reynolds, former Secretary of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. The broadsides reproduce hand-lettered, illustrated poems written by Reynolds in the mid-1960's, printed by the Diggers, and issued the year after his 1967 memoir written with Michael McClure. Content ranges from personal history and camaraderie within the club to things of a more mystical and metaphysical nature - references to Satan, astrological signs, and alternately written in an optimistic tone or with a pervading sense of doom. The mystical and metaphysical realm would continue to hold Reynolds's attention through his later life. After leaving the Angels, Reynolds spent 5 years in Soldedad Prison on an arson charge; while doing time, McClure sent him a book by Zen master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi to help him clear his head, which Reynolds credited with saving his life. He spent the remaining years of his life living in the mountains next to a waterfall, where he spent his days meditating in isolation. One of the most interesting documents created by any Hells Angels club members, one that epitomizes the spirit of the 1960's and outsider art. OCLC notes 18 holdings in US institutions.