Down and Derby

Down and Derby

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When most Americans hear the words a€œroller derbya€ 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 nearly dying out in the nineties, derby has been making a comeback. From a mere handful of leagues in the United States just a few years ago, there are now more than 17, 000 skaters in more than 400 leagues around the world, with hundreds of thousands of die-hard fans. Down and Derby will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the sport. Written by veteran skaters as both a history and a how-to, Down and Derby is a brassy celebration of every aspect of the sport, from its origins in the late 1800s, to the rules of a modern bout, to the science of picking an alias, to the many ways you can get involved off skates. Informative, entertaining, and executed with the same tough, sassy, DIY attitude a€” leavened with plenty of humor a€” that the sport is known for, Down and Derby is the first and last book on derby youa€™ll ever need.Down and Derby will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the sport.

Title:Down and Derby
Author:Alex Cohen, Jennifer Barbee
Publisher:Soft Skull Press - 2010-08-10


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