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Destroy All Podcasts DX Episode 302 - Sayonara Speed Tribes

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Correct me if Im wrong, but

Correct me if Im wrong, but aren't the speed tribes usually just basic thugs trying to become Yakuza? In which this would explain why they are really only about mischief and not actual "gangster" stuff.
I read somewhere that the Yakuza families usually scout the speed tribes for future members. Again I could be totally wrong. Regardless, that was interesting and Zuey's eyeball eating comments were greatly appreciated 8)

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Posted by NEOGETTER on 23 October, 2013 - 09:42
That's a thing we were

That's a thing we were wondering about too. It's obvious that the Yakuza DID recruit from the bosozoku - the primary subject was recruited, for instance - but there's a lot of violence ascribed to the bosozoku that we have yet to actually encounter in a documentary. Even here, they talk about gang fights and violence and crime but it never goes beyond one fellow saying in a non-specific way "oh we totally used to fight all the time."

I think on the one hand it hasn't been probed very deeply be the docs that we've checked out, and on the other it seems like fear and mythologizing inflated the gangs - I can't imagine the Black Emperors doing much damage to anyone, nah?

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Anyhow: If anyone has a line on a good Yakuza documentary or a bosozoku documentary that penetrates more deeply and also doesn't suck, please most definitely let us know!

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Posted by YaBoyAK on 25 October, 2013 - 04:51
Other Bike Things

Also: if anyone's interested in early biker gangs in the US, I strongly suggest Danny Lyon's photojournalism/interview project "The Bikeriders," which documents the Outlaw motorcycle club in the mid 60's. Some of his photos in the book were directly jacked for shots in Easy Rider.

Something like this for the bosozoku would be amazing.

http://selvedgeyard.com/2009/08/11/iconic-american-images-by-danny-lyon-the-bikeriders-and-beyond/

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Posted by YaBoyAK on 25 October, 2013 - 05:01
 
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