Down and Derby: The Insider's Guide to Roller Derby
When most Americans hear the words roller derby” today, they think of the kitschy sport once popular on weekend television during the seventies and eighties. Originally an endurance competition where skaters traveled the equivalent of a trip between Los Angeles and New York, derby gradually evolved into a violent contact sport often involving fake fighting. But after nearl...more
The book certainly suffers a bit from roller derby's rapidly changing rule structure and culture shifts. However the authors do a decent job of talking in general terms that apply to a variety of leagues and approaches to the sport.
It's a decent book with an 'intro to the derby culture' approach. It doesn't get too bogged down in rules and speaks more to the history of the s ...more
Reading the book - particularly the portions about the injuries one can sustain - hasn't really deterred me that much. It's like - a sort of desire that I'd actually go for if I wasn't such a pussy or something a Me from a parallel dimension would totally do.
Still, I'm pretty sure that once I move to a town with a roller rink, I'll pick up roller skating again. I've always liked it - lack of ...more
Roller derby once attracted up to 50,000 spectators a game. Today, 1000 might be the norm. Women's leagues are gaining traction around the US and a few other countries; men's leagues have not caught on.
Me, I'll pay to take in a roller derby game to ...more
I have a review going up on my league's blog in a few weeks. I'll try to remember to link up here when it posts.