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Rollerderby: The Book
An in-your-face compendium of trash princess Lisa Carver's literate vision of the outrageous fringe of pop, alternative, and twenty-swomething subcultures, Rollerderby--based on the top-selling magazine of the same name--is "berserk and brilliant . . . always possessed of great wit, astonishing artwork, and volcanic sexuality" (Hustler). 45 photos. 50 illustrations.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Feral House
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too bad the cover here isn't really the cover of Rollerderby- a book compilation of the zine by the same name. i got this late middle or early high school and it changed my world. i fell in love with dame darcy and this world where stuff is crap and heartbreaking and funny and gross and beautiful all at the same time. makes total sense to me. makes total sense of the world, absurd and gory and romantic all at the same time. women can be on stage and do crazy things and be covered in fake blood a ...more
Rebellion looks better in black and white. The times just before, history just out of reach holds a certain appeal, and not just among the Gen 2K weltschmerz addicts. Zines, found letters, this glorious hard copy of life before the internet in all the awkward misspelled glory just appeal to me. Lisa Carver is clever, fucked up and articulate. She has strange fans, stranger friends and a penchant for dating unstable, artistic men. Read it yourself. It won't kill you.
Reading Lisa Carver is like hanging out with one of those weird girls in middle school who invited you into the bathroom when she was peeing and told you totally crazy things about men and drugs and penises. It's like, half of you is blushing, a quarter of you just wants to leave, and the remaining 25% is entirely riveted. SOME PEOPLE REALLY KNOW HOW TO HAVE A GOOD TIME.
BEST FRIEND RACHEL! YES! Blow job tips, interviews gone awry, a really long section on horses and horse girls, and lots of Dame Darcy illustrations. When the Boyd Rice stuff starts it's like "NOOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOO!" but then they're be no Drugs are Nice featuring, yes, Best Friend Rachel.
Lisa Crystal Carver (born 1968), also known as Lisa Suckdog, is an American writer known for her writing in Rollerderby. Through her interviews, she introduced the work of Vaginal Davis, Dame Darcy, Cindy Dall, Boyd Rice, Costes (her ex-husband with whom she performed Suckdog), Nick Zedd, GG Allin, Kate Landau, Queen Itchie & Liz Armstrong to many. A collection of notable articles from t ...moreMore about Lisa Crystal Carver...