‘My dad called me Mr. Big Shot.’— George Christie
Timidly this writer asked, “Do you mind if I record our conversation Mr. Christie?” I was instantly eased by a vivacious laugh as he spoke in a gravely yet eloquent voice, “You’re not going to play it in court are you?” He explained that during his reign of the Ventura chapter of the Hells Angels, a recording was misinterpreted in court and the testimony of a linguistics expert wasn’t permitted. “After that I was very cautious,” he says.
As a boy, Christie watched a biker pass though town. “The image runs in my head like a re-run,” he reminisced. He romanticized American outlaws. “I think it’s a subliminal message that the country carries with it. Our own founding fathers were outlaws. They said we’re not putting up with (the King)…we want to govern ourselves.”
After a stint in the Marines, he eventually became an Angels leader. Then came prison. Seeking protection from club rivals, he found prisons are neutral grounds. Thus began his attempts at peacemaking among the clubs on the outside.
After coming to terms with decisions in his life, Christie survived a rough resignation from the Angels. He authored three books, and starred in the History Channel’s Outlaw Chronicles, despite the Angels trying to stop the program.
His one-man show, Outlaw, stems from his book, Exile on Front Street: My Life as a Hells Angel…and Beyond. “The book is not an apology; it’s a memoir of what happened,” Christie states.
“There are some real tear jerker moments in the play,” says Christie of times with his grandpa and his father. “My dad would say, ‘How you doing Mr. Big Shot?’ and my grandfather taught me about consequences.”
“Outlaw” rolls Thursday, August 2 through Friday, August 24 at Whitefire Theatre located at 13500 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks for reservations call (213) 713-9149 or visit ClagoProductions.com. Also visit GeorgeChristieOutlaw.com.