Down and Derby Book
Down and Derby Book
Written by Axles of Evil and Kasey Bomber
When most Americans hear the words “roller derby” today, they think of
the kitschy sport once popular on weekend television during the
seventies and eighties. Originally an endurance competition where
skaters traveled the equivalent of a trip between Los Angeles and New
York, derby gradually evolved into a violent contact sport often
involving fake fighting. But after nearly dying out in the nineties,
derby has been making a comeback. From a mere handful of leagues in the
United States just a few years ago, there are now more than 17,000
skaters in more than 400 leagues around the world, with hundreds of
thousands of die-hard fans. Down and Derby will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the sport. Written by veteran skaters as both a history and a how-to, Down and Derby
is a brassy celebration of every aspect of the sport, from its origins
in the late 1800s, to the rules of a modern bout, to the science of
picking an alias, to the many ways you can get involved off skates.
entertaining, and executed with the same tough, sassy, DIY attitude —
leavened with plenty of humor — that the sport is known for, Down and Derby is the first and last book on derby you’ll ever need.
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(Charm City Roller Girls)
4/13/2011 7:56 PM
If you could encompass everything about a sport into a simple handbook, this would be it. It’s a MUST READ for anyone considering a romp through the world of roller derby.
The authors deliver on every level, leaving no stone unturned. You learn the history of the sport, insider lingo is decoded (like what exactly is a “derby wife”), myths are busted, do's and don'ts are given, rules are explained, and (s)heroes are honored. And it is all told with a wink and smile. Or at least that’s how it feels because the authors do a great job of dishing in a way that makes you feel like one of their BFFs. It’s a fast and fun read that leaves newbies passionate about the sport and fills veterans with inspiration to elevate their game. Plus, there are some amazing pictures of derby action and witty commentary from some of the sport's superstars.
You might as well buy a pair of roller skates when you buy this book because it will make you want to drop down and get your skate on, baby!