Wednesday, December 31, 2008
You can pre-order a copy at Barnes & Noble now by clicking on the following link:
All Roads Lead to Sturgis: A Biker’s Story
You can pre-order a copy at Amazon now by clicking on the following link:
All Roads Lead to Sturgis: A Biker’s Story
Here is a little bit about the book:
Adopted to different families shortly after birth, identical twin brothers Scott and Henry grow to manhood having no idea that the other exists. They ultimately wind up on opposite sides of the fence, for Scott “Zipper” Conlon is a member of the Skuldmen, an outlaw motorcycle club, and Henry Baker is a federal law enforcement officer.
During a stakeout, when FBI agent Mitchell Gates observes Zipper leaving the apartment of a suspected terrorist, he implores his old Army buddy to learn what he can about the man. Although uncomfortable doing so, Zipper feels obligated, not only as an American, but because Gates saved his life during the first Gulf War. Due to the Skuldmen’s anti-law enforcement beliefs, they agree that their cooperation be kept secret.
A terrorist plot to kill thousands, combined with a woman’s revelation that Zipper is Henry Baker the cop, sets off a chain reaction that will shake the Skuldmen to the core, as the brothers react. In an unpredictable story of suspense, murder and mistaken identity, three tales merge into one during the biggest biker party of the year, when All Roads Lead to Sturgis.
DISCLAIMER: This book is a work of fiction. All characters, motorcycle clubs, incidents and dialogue are drawn from the author’s imagination and are not to be considered as real. References to any person, event, establishment, organization or locale are only intended to provide a sense of authenticity and are used in a fictitious manner.
You can get more information about Edward Winterhalder or his books/DVDs by clicking on the following links:
Official Edward Winterhalder Website
The Assimilation: Rock Machine Become Bandidos
Living on the Edge: Riding with the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club in Pennsylvania
Happy Holidays to all!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The series debuts in Canada on October 14th, but Winterhalder will not appear until the 3rd episode which will air on October 28th; he will also be in the 4th and 5th episodes which will air on Nov 4th and Nov 18th respectively.
The 1st episode (October 14th) of the series is about the infiltration of the Mongols in California by ATF agent Billy Queen and the 2nd episode (October 21st) is about the infiltration of the Hells Angels in Arizona by ATF agent Jay Dobyns; both of these episodes aired in the United Sates earlier this year on the National Geographic channel.
The last three episodes document Mom Boucher, Danny Kane, the Hells Angels, Rock Machine and Bandidos in Canada.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Article Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2008
A former top motorcycle gang leader who wrote a book about his group's dealings with the Hells Angels will be traveling to the Lakes Region during Bike Week.
Edward Winterhalder or "Connecticut Ed" as he was known when he helped head the "Bandidos Motorcycle Club", will be appearing in Laconia at the Sundial Shop for signings of his newest book, "The Assimilation: Rock Machine Becomes Bandidos — Bikers United Against the Hells Angels."
Winterhalder, 52, was once a top leader of the worldwide "Bandidos" gang and has since taken up a life dedicated to chronicling the history of biker gangs and promoting the positive aspects of motorcycle clubs.
The longtime biker is promoting "The Assimilation" — a book that takes readers through a turbulent time in biker gang history in the 1990s when the Montreal branch of the Hells Angels declared war on all competing biker gangs in an attempt to secure drug territory in the Canadian province of Quebec.
It was a time of great violence and after seven years of bloodshed that left upward of 160 people dead and many more injured, it was only the "tough as nails" Rock Machine that avoided being destroyed by a particularly rough group of Hells Angels.
Winterhalder, 52, has an inside knowledge of the situation, having been a recruiting leader for a "Bandidos" clan that merged with the Rock Machine in an effort to ward off being taken down by the Hells Angels in Montreal led by then-leader Maurice "Mom" Boucher.
In the early 1990s, after seven years of bloody conflict with Montreal's Hells Angels, Quebec's Rock Machine motorcycle club appealed to the Bandidos for help. Winterhalder, a born diplomat with an extensive knowledge of law acquired while incarcerated in the early 1980s, was dispatched to Canada in 2001 to coordinate the transition (or "patchover").
The Assimilation takes readers behind the scenes of Winterhalder's arrest and unsuccessful deportation proceedings by the Canadian authorities, Bandido politics, double-crosses and assassinations. The book also contains a glossary of biker terms and seven appendices citing club bylaws, projects and job assignments and a worldwide listing of active chapters and support clubs.
The author has since left the biker gang culture and has raised a young daughter.
He is the subject matter of upcoming television shows on the biker lifestyle "Sons of Anarchy" on the cable network FX and is creating a more positive documentary on the biker clubs focusing on a Vietnam Veteran riding group in Pennsylvania.
His next book "Biker Chicks: The Magnetic Attraction of Women to Bad Boys" is due out in May of 2009, but he is making his way to New Hampshire to take in Bike Week.
He said his most recent book is something any biking enthusiast will want to pick up.
"The Assimilation was a major piece of history in the biker world and it needed to be portrayed as accurately as possible for historical reasons," explained Winterhalder.
Winterhalder was among the top brass in the Bandidos, only reporting to one senior club member.
"My assignments were to grow the club and increase communications between the chapters," he explained.
The author said he has seen his share of bad bikers, though he assured that most members are law-abiding citizens, and he is working on documenting their true nature in books and movies.
"That (criminal) element is the only one that comes in contact with law enforcement. The majority of club members have regular jobs and families. It's a very small population (of criminal bikers) that you read 90 percent of the articles about," said Winterhalder.
The former club leader said bikers in such organizations are secretive by nature, like members of groups like the Masons or those in the Elks Club.
He said he spent a long time avoiding the criminal element while serving with the Bandidos and he described himself as a big advocate for motorcycle clubs.
Winterhalder lives in Oklahoma now, but has strong ties to New England and the Lakes Region.
His grandfather Leon Draper — a noted construction contractor in his day — is buried in Laconia's Bayside Cemetery and helped "build Laconia," according to Winterhalder.
He said Draper helped construct Laconia's fire station and the penny arcade in Weirs Beach before dying in 1981.
When asked about Laconia Bike Week, he said "I've always had a lot of fun up there. I love the area and it has some of the most scenic and beautiful riding in the country. I can't wait to come back up."
Winterhalder rides a 2006 Harley Davidson "Street Bob" and will be motoring to the following bookshops for signings of his most recently published book:
Sundial Shop, 1458 Lakeshore No. 9. Gilford, Thursday, 1-4 p.m. Info: 603-524-3322. Borders, 76 Fort Eddy Road. Concord, Friday, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Info: 603-224-1255.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
-Borders, 30 Ash Brook Road. Keene, New Hampshire
Monday, June 16th, 5pm to 8pm. Info: 603-357-7667
-Innisfree Books, Mills Falls Marketplace. Meredith, New Hampshire
Wednesday, June 18, 2pm to 4pm. Info: 602-279-3905
-Sundial Books, 604 Main Street. Laconia, New Hampshire
Thursday, June 19th, 1pm to 4pm. Info: 603-524-3322
-Borders, 76 Fort Eddy Road. Concord, New Hampshire
Friday, June 20th, 5pm to 8pm. Info: 603-224-1255
-Borders, 76 Fort Eddy Road. Concord, New Hampshire
Saturday, June 21st, 1pm to 4pm. Info: 603-224-1255
The Assimilation: Rock Machine Become Bandidos–Bikers Unite Against the Hells Angels recounts Winterhalder’s personal involvement in the creation of the Quebec Bandidos; his friendship with the key players who made it happen; and his eventual disillusionment with, and exit from, the Bandidos Nation. Beginning with a short history of the Bandidos, Winterhalder dispels common myths about the founding of the club and outlines the original principles of its founder Donald Eugene Chambers.
In the early 1990s, after seven years of bloody conflict with Montreal’s Hells Angels, Quebec’s Rock Machine motorcycle club appealed to the Bandidos for help. Winterhalder, a born diplomat with an extensive knowledge of law acquired while incarcerated in the early 1980s, was dispatched to Canada in 2001 to coordinate the transition (or “patchover”).
The Assimilation takes readers behind the scenes of Winterhalder’s arrest and unsuccessful deportation proceedings by the Canadian authorities, Bandido politics, double-crosses and assassinations. The book also contains a glossary of biker terms and seven appendices citing club bylaws, projects and job assignments, and a worldwide listing of active chapters and support clubs.
Winterhalder, now 52, is the author of Out in Bad Standings: Inside the Bandidos Motorcycle Club; The Making of a Worldwide Dynasty (Blockhead City Press) and a contributor to The Mammoth Book of Bikers (Carroll & Graf). Events of Winterhalder’s life are the basis of a major character in the new Sons of Anarchy television series, which will debut this fall on the FX channel.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
This year the riders, led by Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, rode about 60 miles from Las Vegas up in to the mountains near Mount Charleston, where they had lunch with the more than 1,000 bikers that rode with them, to raise money for the Academy of Country Music’s Charity Fund.
Along with American Gladiator star Hollywood “Wolf” Yates, country music stars Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Craig Morgan, James Otto, Bluefield, Carolina Rain, Keith Anderson, Trick Pony alumni Heidi Newfield and Ira Dean, Cody McCarver, The Road Hammers, The Roys, Stephen Cochran, Emma Mae Jacob, Richie McDonald and Sarah Buxton were among those who took part in the benefit, which kicked off at Las Vegas Harley-Davidson and ended at Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
A Not-So-Easy Ride
Former Bandido Now Focuses On His Book, Businesses, Family Life
May 7, 2008
He was known as "Connecticut Ed" in the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, where he served for years as an organizer and international ambassador. Outlaw biker is one of many hats worn by North Branford native Edward Winterhalder. Others have included musician and songwriter, motorcycle and heavy equipment mechanic, husband and father, business owner and author.
Winterhalder's new book, "The Assimilation" (ECW Press, $24.95), is due out in June. Co-authored by Wil De Clercq and subtitled "Rock Machine Become Bandidos — Bikers United Against the Hells Angels," the book details Winterhalder's efforts to take Canadian bikers into the Bandidos' fold amid a bloody war in Quebec.
That effort ultimately failed, and for various reasons, Winterhalder quit the Bandidos in 2003. It was a bitter split, but Winterhalder, 52, says he's happy now that the club has no claim on his time.
The self-described workaholic — who lives in Owasso, Okla., with his wife, Caroline, and 15-year-old daughter, Taylor — heads eight businesses under the banner Blockhead City ( http://www.blockheadcity.com/), including construction, finance and entertainment companies. He's also recorded several albums under the name "Warren Winters," has written and contributed to other books about the biker life and is now marketing a new TV series about real bikers.
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Monday, April 7, 2008
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Monday, February 18, 2008
Looking For Bikers’ Women To Interview For New Book By Best Selling Authors Arthur Veno Ph.D. & Edward Winterhalder
Veno and Winterhalder are the authors of the following books, which are available at all book stores worldwide (or Amazon.com, in case a trip to your local store is out of your way):
"The Brotherhoods: Inside the Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs" (Allen & Unwin – Sydney, Australia – 2002)
"Out In Bad Standings: Inside the Bandidos Motorcycle Club - The Making of a Worldwide Dynasty" (Blockhead City Press/Seven Locks Press - Santa Ana, CA - November 2005)
"The Mammoth Book of Bikers" (Constable & Robinson - London, England - October 2007)
"The Assimilation: Rock Machine To Bandidos - Bikers United Against The Hells Angels" (ECW Press - Toronto, Canada - April 2008)
"Living on the Edge: Riding with the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club in Pennsylvania"
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
TO BE INTERVIEWED:
If you are interested in being interviewed, please email us at bhcpress(at)aol(dot)com and give us the following information:
The country/state/province that you live in
The name of the organizations that you are familiar with
How many years have you been (or were you) around this organization
Your email and phone contact details