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Down and Derby: The Insider's Guide to Roller Derby Paperback – July 13, 2010
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As someone who has witnessed the many transitions of roller derby almost from the beginning, I can say that this chronicle isn’t just for fans of all the stages of the game, but for anyone who wants to enjoy an inspiring story about truly fascinating people.” Jerry Seltzer, derby pioneer and owner of the original Roller Derby league
Fast, dirty, seductive, kooky, cunning, foxy, cheeky, wicked, crazy, bad arse and most importantly, no bullshit. These are the words that tumble from my mind to my fingers having read Down and Derby. Veterans in the world of roller derby, Axles and Kasey are an inspiration to derby girls everywhere, myself included. The Whip It Hurl Scouts couldn’t have done it without them. I can’t say enough about these women or this book. Game on!” Zoë Bloody Holly” Bell, stuntwoman and star of Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof
Roller derby is one of the most empowering and intriguing worlds I’ve ever come across. It’s amazing to encounter a sport where women get out there and do such extraordinary things. But derby is more than just a sport, it’s a sisterhood.” Drew Barrymore
A rock’em sock’em history and how-to guide by two roller girls about the derby they love to death. Told in a no-BS style that makes you feel like an insider sharing a beer after the match. This is sparkly, terrific, and bad ass!” John Doe of X
Feminism can come in the form of placards and protests, but Down and Derby proves that a girl’s liberation can also involve strapping on a pair of skates, taking on a kick-ass nickname, and throwing a few hip checks in the process.” Marisa Meltzer, author of Girl Power
Part manifesto, part how-to-guide, Down and Derby demystifies the world of roller derby, showing readers it’s as inclusive as it is cool. After finishing this book, you no longer have an excuse for keeping your boring name or for never trying on a pair of skates. This is required reading for anyone who's searching for new ways to be fearless.” Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney
Axles of Evil and Kasey Bomber are two of the most sincere, awesome, kick-ass women I’ve ever met. They are champions of roller derbyand not just in a flashy way but in a really smart way. Being able to have learned to skate under their wing has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Down and Derby is the next best thing to training with them personally. If you love derby this is the book you’ve been waiting for.” Ellen Page, star of Whip It
As the author of an old Roller Derby book, let me just say this to the new kid on the rink: up with Down and Derby. Whether you’re already a Derby doll or a doll wannabe it’s required reading.” Frank Deford, , author of Five Strides On The Banked Track
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Top Customer Reviews
I got this book last Friday and got through it over the weekend. It's an entertaining and informative read - essential reading for anybody who wants to get up to speed on roller derby.
I love this book and am so glad I found it.
Any serious athlete will tell you that when you start training with intent, drinking disappears- there is no time to waste on headaches. To be an athlete is to be a warrior, and this takes a certain asceticism. Down and Derby tells us that along with strengthening our bodies, we need to be ready to weaken our livers in order to fit in with the after party. Personally, I like staying sober and alert so that when bad things happen someone is actually there to bare witness or hold back the hair of our drunken derby wife.
They do mention one sober skater throughout the entirety of the book- Betty Ford Galaxy. Where I admire her sobriety, I do not feel that people who refuse to drink should be alienated or alienate themselves by denoting their state with a name that points it out. (Note, it's called Alcoholics ANONYMOUS for a reason) Drinking does not make people normal, not drinking does not make one weird. Please, for those of us who are fresh meat or hard-living vets: do not feel obligated to drink because it's part of a role you need to fill. This is called peer pressure, and this book lays it on hard. Why is it that in order to be a "bad ass" you must immediately have bad habits? Why don't we look up to the people who live life through clear eyes, no analgesic in sight? Let's re-adjust our perspective.
A must-by and a very good introduction book for anyone curious or even a vet.
I loved the interviews and while I knew most of the history already, this is a great book for anyone in derby or just interested in derby.
You should buy this book... and I dont tell people that very often.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great combination of genres - part history, part interviews, part instruction manual. I wanted a basic intro to the sport, and this book was everything I was looking for.Published on July 22, 2014 by Alicia D Barta
Bought this as a birthdya gift for my mom, she says it is hilarious and insightful. She started roller derby about a month ago, so I figured this would suite her. Read morePublished on June 30, 2014 by Jasmine
Know your history!! I let my derby wife borrow this book and I still havent gotten it back. And I dont even mind! I would purchase it again and again. Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by Shaina R Smith
I enjoyed this read very much. I went through the book in two days. If you are a fan of roller derby, buy this!Published on February 18, 2014 by Mona Bee
I've been around roller derby for five years now and been playing it for one. This book is a very good read for anyone who is into derby as a skater or a fan.Published on January 16, 2014 by Jeremy R.
Good book, not what I was looking for, but not a bad read. It gives lots of history on the sport.Published on June 2, 2013 by Tess
Covers the history of the boom and busts in ROLLER DERBY - addresses all the questions a freshy would want to know, and showcases multiple skater profiles that are fun to read!Published on April 23, 2013 by MojoSnowToes