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Down and Derby [Paperback]

Jennifer Barbee Alex Cohen

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20 Jan 2011
Roller derby has been making a huge comeback in recent years. There are now more than 17,000 skaters in more than 400 leagues across the world, with hundreds of thousands of die-hard fans. Written by two veteran skaters - Alex ''Axles of Evil'' Cohen and Jennifer ''Kasey Bomber'' Barbee - DOWN AND DERBY now tells readers everything they ever wanted to know about the sport - from its origins in the late 19th century to rules of a modern bout and the science of picking an alias.

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Praise for "Down and Derby" "As someone who has witnessed the many transitions of roller derby almost from the beginning, I can say that this chronicle isn't just for fans of all the stages of the game, but for anyone who wants to enjoy an inspiring story about truly fascinating people." --Jerry Seltzer, derby pioneer and owner of the original Roller Derby league "Fast, dirty, seductive, kooky, cunning, foxy, cheeky, wicked, crazy, bad arse and most importantly, no bullshit. These are the words that tumble from my mind to my fingers having read "Down and Derby." Veterans in the world of roller derby, Axles and Kasey are an inspiration to derby girls everywhere, myself included. The "Whip It" Hurl Scouts couldn't have done it without them. I can't say enough about these women or this book. Game on!" --Zoe "Bloody Holly" Bell, stuntwoman and star of Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof " "Roller derby is one of the most empowering and intriguing worlds I've ever come across. It's amazing to encounter a sport where women get out there and do such extraordinary things. But derby is more than just a sport, it's a sisterhood." --Drew Barrymore "A rock'em sock'em history and how-to guide by two roller girls about the derby they love to death. Told in a no-BS style that makes you feel like an insider sharing a beer after the match. This is sparkly, terrific, and bad ass!" --John Doe of X "Feminism can come in the form of placards and protests, but "Down and Derby" proves that a girl's liberation can also involve strapping on a pair of skates, taking on a kick-ass nickname, and throwing a few hip checks in the process." --Marisa Meltzer, author of "Girl Power" "Part manifesto, part how-to-guide, "Down and Derby" demystifies the world of roller derby, showing readers it's as inclusive as it is cool. After finishing this book, you no longer have an excuse for keeping your boring name or for never trying on a pair of skates. This is require

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative and entertaining read. 22 Jun 2010
By J. Freppel - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who has been around roller derby all of about 8 weeks, I wanted to learn whatever I could about the sport and its revival.

I got this book last Friday and got through it over the weekend. It's an entertaining and informative read - essential reading for anybody who wants to get up to speed on roller derby.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well rounded, multi-purpose book 19 Nov 2010
By Charly - Published on Amazon.com
Being the founder of a new league it's sometimes hard to put the fun where it needs to be. Derby is a serious, athletic, full contact sport but above anything else - it's FUN! Starting a new league from scratch is hard work with many ups and downs. This book is the perfect thing to remind you that all the work IS going somewhere, all the downs you experience have been experienced many times before you and that it's absolutely going to be worth it. Down and Derby is an informative and often times comical book. I purchased several copies and used them with my skaters as incentive to do things they normally don't enjoy .. the endurance training. It put in that element of fun they all need to get through it.

I love this book and am so glad I found it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Own! 29 July 2010
By BookNerd83 - Published on Amazon.com
Whether you play Roller Derby or have no idea what it is, whether you go to every bout in your hometown or haven't watched a game since it was on TV in the seventies, this is the ultimate Roller Derby book. Fun and funny, while being totally informative, Axles of Evil and Kasey Bomber have written everything you could possibly want to know about Roller Derby. From its inception to its modern form, there is a history of the sport itself, a definition of terms and introduction to the game as it is played now. Interviews with players sprinkled through provide opinions and answers to the most important questions. And my personal favorite, the derby commandments give every aspiring derby girl and outline of what exactly it means to be down and derby. If you don't know if you are a derby girl, there's a quiz for that too! Great book, buy it now!
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Displeased with the glorification of alcoholism 29 Jan 2012
By J. Abruzzio - Published on Amazon.com
I'm fresh meat, a feminist, and an athlete. I think this book is incredibly informative and certainly asserts the pro-female camaraderie within modern roller derby. I am, however, disappointed that this book persistently claims that derby girls are both athletes and hard drinkers.

Any serious athlete will tell you that when you start training with intent, drinking disappears- there is no time to waste on headaches. To be an athlete is to be a warrior, and this takes a certain asceticism. Down and Derby tells us that along with strengthening our bodies, we need to be ready to weaken our livers in order to fit in with the after party. Personally, I like staying sober and alert so that when bad things happen someone is actually there to bare witness or hold back the hair of our drunken derby wife.

They do mention one sober skater throughout the entirety of the book- Betty Ford Galaxy. Where I admire her sobriety, I do not feel that people who refuse to drink should be alienated or alienate themselves by denoting their state with a name that points it out. (Note, it's called Alcoholics ANONYMOUS for a reason) Drinking does not make people normal, not drinking does not make one weird. Please, for those of us who are fresh meat or hard-living vets: do not feel obligated to drink because it's part of a role you need to fill. This is called peer pressure, and this book lays it on hard. Why is it that in order to be a "bad ass" you must immediately have bad habits? Why don't we look up to the people who live life through clear eyes, no analgesic in sight? Let's re-adjust our perspective.

Party responsibly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on target 7 July 2010
By Jeff - Published on Amazon.com
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After picking this book up and playing Derby for 5 years it brings a lot into perspective about the sport. Its incredibly well written and brings the reader right onto the track.

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