Down and Derby: The Insider's Guide to Roller Derby

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Soft Skull Press, Aug 10, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
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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.
Informative, 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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This book is a must for any fan of roller derby or anyone that wants to partake in the sport. I learned a lot from the stories, accounts, and helpful tips found in the pages of this book. Read full review

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I think I read it in 1 day. Better just google the info. Read full review

Contents

The First Whistle
10
JOANIE WESTON VERSUS ANN CALVELLO
22
QUADZILLA
28
CHERRY AND SPAWNA CHAINSAW
39
Meanwhile in the Rest of the Country
52
HYDRA
64
ADVANCED DERBY GEOGRAPHY
73
vi
77
7
108
If You Cant Be an Athlete
178
A Few Final Laps
207
Derby in Film and Television
225
ELLEN BABE RUTHLESS PAGE
241
KRISSY KRASH AND IRON MAIVEN
254
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About the author (2010)

Alex Cohen is the host of “All Things Considered” on KPCC in Los Angeles and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio.

Jennifer Barbee writes for Blood and Thunder magazine and is a longtime staffer of the WGA.

As Axles of Evil and Kasey Bomber, respectively, they have skated with the L.A. Derby Dolls since 2003. They both live in Los Angeles.

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