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Rockin' Steady: A Guide to Basketball and Cool Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 30, 2010
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About the Author
Ira Berkow, a sports columnist and feature writer for the New York Times for more than 25 years, won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for commentary in 1988. He is the author of 19 books, including the best sellers Red: A Biography of Red Smith and Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar, as well as two memoirs, Full Swing and To the Hoop. Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life, co-written and edited by Mr. Berkow and published by Triumph Books, was a primary source for the award-winning documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. Mr. Berkow lives in New York City.
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Top Customer Reviews
Rockin' Steady really defies description, but anyone who has ever laid eyes on the original book has never forgotten it. Walt Frazier remains one of the coolest players in NBA history, and this book was written back in 1974 during his days with the Knicks. For a long time, the only way to get this book was to pay a fortune for it on eBay, but now it's back in print, thank god.
I'm not sure if "Clyde" was the blueprint for characters like Shaft, but looking at the photos in this book makes you think he might have been. Mink coat, Rolls Royce, a circular bed with a mirrored ceiling - Clyde definitely was stylin' and profilin' back in the day.
The subtitle of the book is "A Guide to Basketball and Cool," and you definitely get both. There is tons of interesting insight on guys Walt played with and against, like Earl Monroe, Jerry West, and Pistol Pete, plus good tips and strategies. There is also an equal amount of advice on how to build a wardrobe, how to brush your mustache, how to pick the right girl, how to catch a fly in midair - yes, you read that right - and lots more. It is a wild ride and an amazing piece of NBA memorabilia and a document of 1970s culture.
It seems like everything from the original version is here, including the color illustrations and vintage photographs, plus a new foreword by Ira Berkow and a new afterword by Clyde himself. HIGHLY recommended - if you like 70s style or the NBA, you need to own this book.
When he scored 36 with 19 assists in the 7th game, they gave MVP to Willis
Reed after he scored 4 points after missing the game before. I was outraged. Nuff said, so was he. Clyde took over when they needed him to, and he snatched that championship in the 1st quarter, and the Lakers never made a move, staying back 15 or more for the whole game.
He brought out the Puma Clydes (sneakers, the 1st expensive ones) then, in the early 70's, and by the time I became a freshman at Brooklyn Tech in '74 (right after they won a 2nd championship after losing the year before to the Lakers team that still has a record for consecutive wins that year). 9 out of 10 cool guys wore them, blue suede shoes Elvis would have loved. They replace Pro Keds and another usual, and in NY, you wore these sneakers, about $25 when the lesser ones that always satisfied you were only 10-12 bucks.
Ahhhh, Clyde, still the magician. Back in '97 I had a cool black friend down the hall who informed me that you can watch the Knicks, kill the tv voice, and there was Clyde on the radio for each game. And he was divine, making definitive description phrasing that rhymed perfectly each time. They moved him up and made him the Knicks television host - play-by-play has never been as amusing, theatrical and downright on the money when someone slacks off - Knick or opposing player.
When the Knicks sent him to Cleveland, I died inside, and didnt watch basketball again until Jordan finally had a team. I took off 10 years, knowing there's never gonna be another Clyde.
Oh, yeah, the book.Read more ›
Clyde is cool, alright. A wonderful read on a variety of topics! And a beautiful, high-quality volume (as to the paper, photos, binding, dust cover, etc. on this ~2010 version).
1. Tough gritty veteran who deep down is a soulful guy who had to deal with a lot of racism early in life but who loved education and wanted to get an advanced degree (Barnett)
2. Tough big guy who came up from a blue collar background - also had a pro baseball pitching skill and knew he was lucky to be paid to play. (Debusschere)
3. Smart, quiet Ivy League Rhodes scholar who wanted to play at the highest level (Bradley)
4. Tough center who went to a historical black college, Grambling State, persevering through bad teams and now chasing the dream of a championship on brittle knees (Reed)
5. Slick, savvy smooth point guard from Atlanta who was a true cosmopolitan and loved fashion, music and epitomized 1970's cool. (Frazier)
If you had assembled such as squad as your starting five in a movie, fans would be rolling their eyes and yet all of this was real.
Walt "Clyde" Frazier was part of this amazing team and he co-wrote with Ira Berkow a book which in many ways defies explanation. It is a book which gives a peek at the life of "Clyde" and also what defined the "Clyde" style - the clothes, accessories, cars, and most of all, the attitude.
It was a surprise and remains a surprise from the usual bombastic ego fueled athletic memoirs, which often serve to hack at old opponents and to excuse old shortcomings. Though clearly ego driven, it has a charming innocence about it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. Got my first copy thirty years ago. Gave that to my son. Bought this copy for my nephews.Published 9 months ago by Keith
Loved this book as a kid and shared it with a few friends this Christmas. Great book written by the best NY Knick ever.Published 15 months ago by Richard Singer
This is not your average "How to play basketball" guide book, this is a "How to be like Cooler than Cool Walt" guide book. Very entertaining and easy to read.Published on July 16, 2013 by fdagreda
Highly recommend this book to any NY Knicks fan or basketball fan in general. Clyde breaks down the fundamentals on AND off the court.Published on August 23, 2011 by Spike
For fans of Walt Clyde Frazier -- the greatest Knick of all time (sorry Ewing, rings count), the fashion icon, the rhyming magician, the fashion extraordinaire, and the Knicks... Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by MSM