This month’s selection is for those who enjoy behind-the-scenes stories. The Brotherhoods is an insiders look at Australian outlaw motorcycle clubs. American-born author Arthur Veno has a Ph.D. in social psychology and has been studying the groups formally for over seventeen years. He is referred to as “Australia’s foremost independent expert on outlaw motorcycle clubs.”
Bikies consider themselves 'the last free people in society'; unrestricted by the laws that rule ordinary citizens. Yet they have strict joining rules and jealously guard their privacy. The 21st century has seen bikie culture move from secretive disorganised crime to far more threatening organised criminal activities that led to the death of a Hells Angels associate at Sydney airport in 2009, and the gang-style killings that preceded it. Arthur Veno, Australia's leading bikie expert, reveals the true picture of the brotherhoods. Drawing on in-depth interviews, personal stories and years of meticulous research, he explains the rules and rituals of the clubs, tells of landmark incidents and profiles some famous bikies. In this fully revised edition of The Brotherhoods, he outlines the rise of the so-called Nike bikies, whose drugs and turf wars threaten to spill on to our streets, and the attempts by governments to introduce controversial laws to control the violence. The Brotherhoods is the definitive account of bikie culture in Australia.
'You and the machine become one. It gets to the point on the edge of a hard ride where there is a balance between taking your machine further and a fear of dying. Managing that space is real freedom' ...Bikies consider themselves 'the last free people in society', unconstrained by the regulations that rule ordinary citizens. And they guard their privacy jealously. Arthur Veno's account of bikie culture is as close to firsthand as is ever likely to be published. Australia's leading expert on the bikie scene, Veno reveals the true picture of the brotherhoods. Drawing on in-depth interviews, personal stories and years of meticulous research, he explains the rules and rituals of becoming a club member, tells of landmark incidents in bikie folklore, profiles some famous biker identities and, in the final chapter, takes off with the Gypsy Jokers on their controversial New Year run in Western Australia.
About the Author
Professor Arthur Veno was born in the US and has lived in Australia since 1974. Most recently director of Monash University's Centre for Police and Justice Studies, Veno has studied the clubs for seventeen years, but he's no ordinary academic. Married to an ex police woman, Art has worked as a mediator between bikie groups and the WC police in Victoria, Western Australian and NSW. He counts members of the Gypsy Jokers, Hell's Angels and Coffin Cheaters as his friends (they call him the Mad Professor). Veno now grows trees on his farm in rural Victoria, as well as being a consultant to various groups on human rights and criminal justice issues, and, of course.