Former Hells Angel George Christie yet lives. He is threatening to do a one man stage show titled OUTLAW: A One Man Show with George Christie: The stories of a seasoned leader and the shaping of America’s last wild men.
The production has been written and may even eventually be directed by Christie’s “friend and author” Richard La Plante.
Readers who have never before heard of Christie should know that he is the former president of the Ventura charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club; and a charming con man with a quiver of tales; and that he was expelled from the Hells Angels after some unfortunate audio tapes of conversations between him and some policemen were discovered. He also may have personally profited from the foreclosure of the former Ventura clubhouse. He debriefed with federal agents as part of plea and sentencing agreement after he confessed to trying to burn some rival tattoo shops out of business. And he leaves a bitter trail behind him wherever he goes.
Other Former Associates
The British documentarian Nick Mead made a film about Christie called The Last American Outlaw which Mead then refused to distribute because he concluded that Christie was a liar and a snitch who couldn’t even actually ride a motorcycle. Mead lost about $130,000 on the project. Christie stole the film and now sells copies of it on his website.
Jacqueline Mann, the widow of the late artist David Mann, wrote Christie a very polite letter telling him the Mann posters he was selling were “in violation of U.S. trademark and copyright laws.”
The Hells Angels “Ventura, SFV, Dago and So Cal Motorcycle Club charters (offered Christie) $2,000 to take a three-part polygraph test regarding (his) upcoming book, Exile on Front Street, and the Outlaw Chronicles television show. You were, “they wrote, “dishonorably kicked out of the motorcycle club, yet you continue to profit by using the club’s name and logo in the media. While a few in the general public may believe you, we were there and know the truth. We will prove that multiple claims in your show and book are lies!”
Be A Producer
Now Christie has published a page at IndieGoGo.com asking his admirers to help him fund his latest vanity project – a one man show: Something like Hal Hobrook’s Mark Twain Tonight. Except, charming and irresistible though he may find himself to be, Christie isn’t exactly Mark Twain.
Christie is unspecific about what will be in his proposed production. He probably plans to just stand up there – wherever there is — and be impressive. He may simply tell stories. Unfortunately anybody who has spent much time talking to him knows he has very many fewer stories than Mark Twain. Or he may play the accordion and dance the Watusi.
But presumably, if you like George, and many people who have never actually met him do, you will naturally want to give him money. He needs the money, he explains, for “Performance Rights. Theater Rental Fees, Printing costs (posters, postcards, programs), Set Design (Designs, material, labor), Music Rights,” although George being George, one has to wonder why he doesn’t just steal the music, “Light Design,” whatever that means, “Travel” and “Hotels.”
Christie has offered his potential benefactors many more choices than, for example, PBS offers viewers like you who make possible programs like Nova.
If you send Christie $25 you can become a “prospect” and George will send you, sometime in the next three months, a “Thank You! Postcard,” a keychain and an official, legal-pad-sized, Outlaw poster. You can become a “member” for $30; a “road captain” for $40; a “sergeant-at-arms” for $50; a “charter member” for $75; a “one-percenter” for $125; a “vice-president” for $300; or, George will send you a “challenge coin” for the low, low price of $221. It costs $1,000 to become a “president” but you also get to call yourself a producer and you get a director’s chair with your name on it – and also a tee shirt and a keychain and a postcard and a copy of Nick Mead’s film and one of Jacqueline Mann’s posters.
Or,for a mere $3000 you get to call yourself “outlaw” and George will send you one each of all the wonderful things listed above plus one of his old motorcycle jackets. Sometime in the next three months.