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Sonny Barger

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The Resume

    (October 8, 1938-June 29, 2022)
    Born in Modesto, California
    Birth name was Ralph Hubert Barger
    Founder of the Oakland, California, chapter of the Hell's Angels
    Featured in Hunter S. Thompson's 'Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs'

Why he might be annoying:

    He was repeatedly suspended from school for fighting with students and assaulting teachers.
    He admits to doing cocaine and dealing heroin.
    He smoked three packs of cigarettes a day.
    He served four years in federal prison for conspiring to blow up the headquarters of a rival biker gang (1988-92).
    When the Hell's Angels stabbed a man to death at the Rolling Stones' notorious Altamont concert (1969), he pulled a pistol on Keith Richards and 'told him to start playing his guitar or he was dead.'

Why he might not be annoying:

    When he was four months old, his mother ran off with a bus driver, leaving him behind with an alcoholic father.
    He lost his vocal cords to throat cancer (1982).
    He markets his own beer, Sonny's Mean & Lean Lager.
    He said, 'While most of us merely dream of it, I pursued that lifestyle -- choosing freedom over restraint, facing danger without fear.'

Credit: C. Fishel

Featured in the following Annoying Collections:

Year In Review:

    In 2022, Out of 56 Votes: 58.93% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 21 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 20 Votes: 35.00% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 54 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 18 Votes: 38.89% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 18 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 23 Votes: 56.52% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 27 Votes: 51.85% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 13 Votes: 61.54% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 13 Votes: 69.23% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 62 Votes: 70.97% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 72 Votes: 65.28% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 36 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 113 Votes: 75.22% Annoying