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The Answer Is Never: A Skateboarder's History of the World Paperback – August 21, 2002
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first -for skaters it offers the first real unglorifed view of a skaters life (in all of its glory)
second -for everybody else it offers a view of life intertwined with music and skating subcultures that may be the only real "history" of the actual experience. Not so much "I was there. . I was cool" stuff but the real view that the most people who did this stuff had- which makes it that much more powerful and inspirational. This book is also an important record of pre-MTV life when kids had to find things themselves and subcultures were different from niche markets.
Interesting, smart, fun to read. . all around an honest and important book.
Well written, well researched and best of all, written by someone who truly knows skateboarding.
HIGHLY, highly, recommended.
If you are just getting on board for the first time, or haven't stepped off in 25 years or more, read this book!
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I have never been on a skateboard and have little interest in them, but this book is an excellent read on a variety of history of skateboarding. Read morePublished 5 months ago by R.L.D.
I bought for my son. Even though a higher level of reader he read it to get the stories.Published 8 months ago by Beloved
As a lifelong skateboarder, I was stoked (yes, I said 'stoked') to see a book like this come out. And I retained my stoke during the book's introduction. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Alan Sangma
I purchased this as a gift for my nephew who is a dyed in the wool skating buff (takes after his dad at the same age), and who informed me that the current term is... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Robin
If you love skateboarding you should buy this book. It's a nice history that is intelligently written. Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by Mike Pearson
The best book I have ever read about skateboarding. None of the BS, namedropping, "my generation," "you owe us," etc you usually find in a book about skateboarding's history... Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by Joseph G. Dees
Echoes many of my sentiments from the early days.
As for the days surrounding my involvement, it is how I remember it, and how I intended it. Read more