Biker Lifestyle

The Last Chicago Boss – Peter “Big Pete” James. Last of the Titans

The Last Chicago Boss is about “Big Pete” . Big Pete as the book has said is a legend in the biker community, especially in the Chicago area. The book is available on Amazon , Barnes and Noble and more. Big Pete was the boss of the Chicago Northside Chapter of the Outlaws MC as well as a Regional Officer.

When I heard that he was writing a book, I was excited to be able to review it since Big Pete was a legend where I grew up. I got to meet Big Pete while I was a member of the Black Pistons out of Dupage County and always had tons of respect for the man.

Last Chicago Boss

I ordered the book from Amazon and received it in just two days. It starts out taking the reader through Big Petes aspirations and what he wanted to accomplish in life. Big Pete attended UW Whitewater, as the book said he was a big believer in the need of education, he used that to navigate the streets of Chicago and get where he eventually ended up as boss.

The most interesting part of the book for myself, was how Big Pete was so immersed in the Confederation of Clubs. I remember going to those meetings and seeing how dedicated he was helping with the discrimination that clubs would face from cops and bar owners. When I left the Black Pistons in 06 the COC was a monster of an organization. Like the book says, Big Pete was an organizer. Big Pete had a passion for getting other clubs on the right track. He would be there with the club, give the do and don’t, shit even go as far as to help make sure club colors were designed not to infringe on others colors. Big Pete also went out of his way to organize the calendar year for all the COC club parties to make sure every club had a showing at their events.

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It was a hell of a ride going through memory lane, a lot of the topics in the book were dead on. Especially the take on how the AOA use to be. The old gaurd was in fact defined by people like Big Pete. Growing up in Chicago, the Outlaws were the cream of the crop. Every kids dream to be apart of. One thing that I never shared with anyone as a Piston, was the fact that a giant in my eyes (was a friend of my uncle’s going back to the wheelman days) was Skid 1%er. He too was a Northside boss until he passed away. (Still remember the rattle snake they had in the clubhouse lol). I remember always nagging him about wanting a Harley and riding in a club someday (yea I was only a teenager, but he would always take the time to talk with me). Big Pete would in fact take the time to talk to people. He never let the power go to his head, it’s rare to find that in someone. I believe it was that patience, that really built the Northern Confederation of Clubs and garnered him the respect of all the clubs.

As you go through the book, the reader will see the passion that Big Pete had for the lifestyle. When he set out to achieve a goal, it was always well planned and executed. His philosophy was a reminder of days past, when men were men and a word of a man meant everything.

The book would also be a good read for anyone wanting to get involved in a club. It shows the dedication one must have towards a club, some of the things that actually go on in a 1%er club, most important what a real club is like. The club is dead on with how others in your own club would act, the politics of the many. It really shows the behind the scenes look of what many would call brotherhood. Yes I know whenever you join whatever organization beefs always occur. But reading the book also gives a first hand account of how fast a so called brother will turn on you.

In the last chapter of the book. It tells how Big Pete decided to leave the AOA . Boy let me tell you when I read that, I was no way surprised how it was handled. (Won’t give away how he left, have to order the book to find out). What I can say is Big Pete was sick, facing death and if that’s how brothers act, who needs them .

As I read through the book (basically only took me a day since it kept your attention and interest) I looked back on my time with the clubs. I owed Big Pete a huge thank you and also an apology. Big Pete helped guide a start up support club I was involved in. Son’s of Muerta. It was a AOA support club based in no man’s land. Big Pete helped us like he did every other club. It didn’t end all that well. It had an idiot as a president who had all the other members fooled that he knew what he was doing (all but me because I rode with pistons and knew how everything worked) . We were suppose to go to COC meetings (something he thought we shouldn’t have to do). Well when Big Pete got sick he used that to do what he wanted to do. He decided that since he didn’t hear from AOA he didn’t need them. So the dumbass decided to hold a vote and become a chapter of one of them foreign clubs, so called 1%ers.

I tried getting ahold of someone over the border in Wisconsin (we were closest to one of the AOA chapters in that state) and the contact I had just left the club, I wanted to let them know what was up. Well needless to say this ass monkey held the vote and it was 7 to 1 to leave as a Support club. This incident came forefront while reading Big Petes book. It reminded me that so called brotherhood is a very far stretch now a days. It wasn’t like I imagined at all growing up. People were only interested in what a club could do for them, not what they could do for the club.

I got out of the club after the vote mentioned above, they only lasted another 2 months after that. Stupid asses should’ve listened. Instead they ended up listening to someone who turned rat. Dude became rat on his own real brother. I believe a read of this book will help those understand the culture of clubs, and more importantly people.

My biggest regrets with the AOA , I was so stubborn in following the chain of command that I didn’t act on concerns. Chapter boss to me was the end of the line. I never would jump the chapter boss to a regional. That was a huge mistake not doing. Yea I looked around at many clubs in the following years. Shit actually almost joined some of them. Went as far as filling out the bs application. But at the last minute always cut it off. My loyalty was always AoA. So that caused me not to pull the trigger.

So in closing, this book is a true inside scoop of the old school 1% club. They are not that way mostly anymore. But the book does give an in depth look at the way they are suppose to be. Way to go Big Pete. You are truly the last of the Titans.