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Roller Derby to RollerJam: The Authorized Story of an Unauthorized Sport
Roller derby first appeared in Chicago during the Depression. With the advent of television, this dynamic, sometimes violent sport became a national favorite. In Roller Derby to RollerJam, Keith Coppage takes a fond look at the origins, history, and players of the game who made it successful, from promoters to superstars.
Paperback, 148 pages
Published July 27th 1999 by Squarebooks
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Sep 16, 2012 Tristy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: really nerdy fans of Roller Derby
This publication is full of encyclopedic facts about the origins of Roller Derby and has some really fantastic photos. It's truly written out of love and respect for the game. What is distracting is the almost commercial end of the book, in which the Hollywood reality-show-esque "RollerJam" was going to be the "future of Roller Derby." We all know that did not happen. I'm happy to say, that Roller Derby actually took a more DIY, punk feminist turn and is thriving around the country. It's not tel ...more
An incomparable history of the original Roller Derby. Sharply written, impeccably researched, and overflowing with an unparalleled collection of photographs; this—alongside Frank Deford's Five Strides On The Banked Track: The Life And Times Of The Roller Derby— is an absolute must-read for any Roller Derby aficionado. Indeed one might read the first three chapters of Keith Coppage's book, then read Deford's in its entirety, then return to Coppage. That will carry the amateur historian forward to ...more