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Stalefish: skateboard culture from the rejects who made it Paperback – April 30, 2008
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"A classic collection of skateboarding lore and legend straight from the heart of the icons that created it." Juice Magazine
"Skateboarding's formative years and milestones eroded before they were documented. Stalefish captures those stories in a way skateboarders old and new can relate to. A necessary book." Transworld Skateboarding
"So, if you are a skater, or have ever been one, you need to read Stalefish. Honestly. Read it. Stalefish would also be a great read for anyone interested in the history of skateboarding, or skate culture. And really, I can't imagine a better way to represent skateboarding than with a book like this. Stalefish captures the personal and individual aspects of skateboarding perfectly. And that's really what skateboarding is. Read this book. You'll love it. Steve Cave, About.com Skateboarding Guide
"This ain't no run of the mill history lesson. It's more like sitting down at a bar to hear Mike Vallely tell his story about how he didn't want to be the face of change for skating or hear how Tony Hawk had his first kiss at Del Mar or how Daewon Song thought that he sucked at one point. No boring "Skateboarding adapted from surfing..." commentaries, only the juicy details from the pros that made the scene what it is today. Highly recommended." —Turntablelab.com
Sean Mortimer tackles the culture of skateboarding after taking us into the lives of Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen. Stalefish covers skateboarding from the vantage point of those who were there making it a cultural phenomenon from the beginning until modern day. With historic heavyweights Stacy Peralta, Steve Alba and Lance Mountain to modern-day culture makers Daewon Song, Jamie Thomas and Chris Haslam, this isn't a book that will tell you what happened; it's a book about the people who made it happen telling you how it went down. SBC Magazine
About the Author
Sean Mortimer was a sponsored skateboarder in the late '80s. He is the former editor of SkateBoarder Magazine and the author of HAWK Occupation: Skateboarding with Tony Hawk and The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself. He lives in Southern California.
Tony Hawk was ranked the best skateboarder in the world by age 16. He lives in Southern California.
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If you have any interest in skateboarding get this book.
This is fortunate because Sean Mortimer is not a good writer. He ghost-wrote Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen's autobiographies and did not do a good job at all. I've seen articles written by both Hawk and Mullen in skateboard magazines over the years and in my opinion both can write better than Mortimer. Those two books are both readable - but only because the stories themselves are so compelling. The writing style is amateurish to say the least. Mortimer should have stuck to skating. Unfortunately, his poor writing does creep into Stalefish via the small introductory sections. Mercifully, these can be skipped.
There's a lot of funny stories here making you realize just how haphazard the whole skate scene was back in the 1980's and early 1990's.
The layout and the production values are excellent too. Highly recommended to especially those who grew up on skateboarding back in the day.