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Roller Derby: The History and All-Girl Revival of the Greatest Sport on Wheels [Paperback]

By Catherine Mabe & Ivanna S. Pankin (Foreward By)
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Scores of American women are leading double lives. By day they are librarians, financial analysts, bartenders, teachers, and even mothers; by night their athletic alter egos assume their authority with monikers such as Helen Wheels, Dirty Britches, Anna Mosity, and Assaultin' Pepa. They lace up their skates, slide into racy racing uniforms, and adorn a full set of protective gear. One of America's greatest sports is back-roller derby.

In Roller Derby, readers will encounter roller derby in its various incarnations, from the original Depression-era games through the days of Roller Jam to its current revival.

What started as a dance-a-thon-style test of endurance has evolved into a unique sport that exemplifies point-scoring, body-checking, speed, blood, punches, and miles and miles of personality and style. Punctuated throughout the book are derby vignettes: stories from old-school and new-school girls, the process of selecting a derby name and style, the artistic element to logos and uniforms, so-gruesome-you-just-have-to-look injuries, what's legal during a bout and-more importantly-what's not, and much more.

Encircling the story of roller derby are vintage promo paraphernalia and histori-cal photographs, as well as stunning, full-color and black-and-white, modern-day shots of the women, the bouts, and the sport.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   159
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 7" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Speck Press
ISBN  1933108118  
ISBN13  9781933108117  

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More About Catherine Mabe & Ivanna S. Pankin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Catherine Mabe (a. k. a. Jayne Manslaughter) is a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, one of the nation's modern-day, flat-track roller derby leagues. Manslaughter's knowledge and understanding of roller derby's past plus her own immersion in the game's future provide a unique look at a truly American sport.

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1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Popular Culture
2Books > Subjects > Sports > Extreme Sports
3Books > Subjects > Sports > General
4Books > Subjects > Sports > Individual Sports > Rollerskating & Rollerblading

Reviews - What do customers think about Roller Derby: The History and All-Girl Revival of the Greatest Sport on Wheels?

Roller Derby: The History and All Girl Revival of the Greatest Sport on Wheels  May 6, 2008
I bought this book strictly for memories of when I watched it in the 50's. It served its purpose.
fabulous pix  Apr 7, 2008
this is a great, glossy book giving a quick overview of the history of roller derby. awesome pictures! and the words are great too. recommended for people who are really into roller derby.
Roller Derby  Oct 17, 2007
This was a very informative read. If you are interested in starting to Derby or just becoming a fan check it out.

DD Hunter
Stateline Roller Derby Diva
I need to carry this book with me at all times!  Oct 4, 2007
I absolutely love this book!
I have been playing roller derby for almost 3 years and never have I found something that so completely and beautifully illustrates what this sport is to me and what I love about it-- I feel like I need to keep it with me at all times so I can show it to strangers who ask me about derby. The book explains it so much better than I can.
The pictures are gorgeous, and obviously shot and selected by people who know and love derby. Granted, it is a coffee table book, but for someone who wants to know what roller derby is but doesn't have the time to commit to a novel and just wants to get the basic gist and leaf through pages and pages of phtographic eye candy, this book is perfect. This book is a must-have for any derby girl or derby fan, or family member or friend who wants to know what all the fuss is about.
Catherine Mabe knows derby, knows the derby community, and in general just knows what she's talking about. Her book is lovely. Buy it!
great research and photos  Oct 3, 2007
bad news first:
as a skater i'd have to say that i appreciated the book by melicious a bit more, it was a bit more inspiring and informational for a roller girl active in the sport. as willy callit sez, the captions could've been a bit more descriptive, but as that wasn't what the book was about that's more of a personal preference and not really a flaw. again, another personal preference would've been to see more national representation of current leagues, this one seems REALLY centered in the western conference. if you're an eastern girl and are looking for familiar faces, you probably won't see any unless you travel around a lot.
BUT this book has really great photography, i mean it's really, really nice. it's supported by thorough research and is a quality read. i definitely enjoyed it and am glad i bought it. if you want to know more about the origins of derby yesterday and today, and get up to date on how the game is played, you really need to read this one. recommended, for sure!

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