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Mar 11, 2013
Last week, vintage Americana purveyors The Selvedge Yard directed us towards a trailer for an upcoming film on The Chosen Few motorcycle club.
We’ve been following the rise in popularity of biker gang culture over the last couple of seasons. It’s a subculture that lends itself well to both denim and vintage inspiration, and several brands and stores have been tapping into this scene recently, such as Edwin, LVC, Wrench Monkees, photographers Sam Christmas and Michael Schmidt, and Paris bikers Blitz, to name just a few.
One of the most notorious and oldest L.A. clubs on the scene in the 1960s was The Chosen Few Motorcycle Club; and it looks like a film release is planned to document the gang. The film will explore the heyday and formation of the club in the 60s and interview original members about their experiences back then and today. The film came about when photographers Gusmano Cesaretti (who had nurtured a relationship with the club over the years) and Kurt Mangum teamed up with a crew of cinematographers to capture candid filming of the Chosen Few gang for two years.
Events while making the film included tensions between founding members of the club with the newer generation of bikers, plus the seizure of the South Central club house by the L.A.P.D. It looks pretty interesting, with unbiased footage, and gives first-hand insight into the real workings of a club.
“The 60s was a hell of a time — with the Civil Rights Movement, The Vietnam War, Flower Power & Free Love, Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll. Also the Crazy World of the Outlaw Bikers…When you talk of the Outlaw Bikers you automatically think of ‘them crazy white boys’ doing what a lot of folk wish they could do. Live life like you want and fuck you and your rules. Well guess what? There was some crazy black bikers who felt the same way, and didn’t give a fuck. Thus was born, the Black Outlaw Bikers!” — The Chosen Few
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