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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: MVP Books (25 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760338051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760338056
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.5 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucia Griggi photographed skateboarders from Tony Hawk to Stacey Peralta and more for this book. She works between Los Angeles and London.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris P on 1 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you're into skateboarding, this is a book you should definitely check out. Written by Californian surfer / skater Ben Marcus, The Skateboard is a meaty 256-page tome which takes an in-depth look at history of skateboarding and skateboard design. Every era is covered: the `50s, when pioneer skate kids nailed roller-skate wheels onto wooden planks; the `60s, when surfers took up `sidewalk surfing' on flat days; the `70s, when the Dogtown crew got into riding pools; the `80s, when pro's like Mark Gonzales, Christian Hosoi, Tommy Guerrero, Steve Caballero and Lance Mountain went crazy in half-pipes; the `90s, when Tony Hawk pulled the first 900 at the X Games; and the `00s, when Danny Way vaulted the Great Wall of China.

Author Ben Marcus is one of those blokes who doesn't do things by halves. He must have spent years researching this book; the amount of content packed into it is phenomenal. There are profiles and interviews with all the key figures in the 60-year history of the sport: the skaters obviously, but also the manufacturers, the graphic artists, the photographers, the film makers...everyone gets to tell their story.

The books is crammed with hundreds of photos of boards, showing how deck shapes and skate artwork evolved over the decades. Action shots by the likes of J Grant Brittain and cool contemporary portraits by Brit photographer Lucia Griggi turn the whole thing into a visual feast.

Everyone who was into skating back in the day will love this book. And younger guys should check it out too, as the history and evolution of the sport makes fascinating reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dude on 3 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having been a skater for of 10 years, I pretty much thought I know most things about skateboarding. This book however taught me a lot!

It really goes into great detail about the history of skateboarding, where it came from, the key player that drove the development of, as well as the ups and downs of the sport over the year.

It also covers in great detail the technological innervations in the sport, such as urethane wheels and king pin style trucks that most modern day sk8rs take for granted, or probably don't even think off. It makes you realise what a long way skateboarding has come!

It also includes 100's (if not thousands) of pictures of old decks, making it great to spot old boards you used to have!

I must have for anybody who's into skateboarding!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dons on 31 Dec. 2012
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Very comprehensive and full of great pictures, history and facts. Bought for 10 year old nephew who is well into his skateboarding and would be appreciated by all skateboarding fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful New History Book 15 July 2011
By jocelyn314 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Ben Marcus's new book is terrific. I expected a thorough exploration of skateboards and the skaters, but this book also offers great quality pictures, layouts, and an excellent index to make it easy to look individuals up.

I've bought two so far and am loaning them out to everyone I know. They love it too because it's so big and attractive. The graphics are modern and engaging - the pictures are so crisp and the stories are obviously written by someone who knows the sport and the people. It's got a lot of good background to the whole skating environment.
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"Thrashers Rule" 11 July 2011
By Patti* - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ben Marcus has really out done himself this time.
As you may or may not know is that publishers always condense.. so I'm thinking i would love to read & see all the photos that where left on the cutting room floor, so to speak.
As is Ben's witting style, he has researched high & low. He has also used a high grade paper (This really matters for the photos) & the hard bound is a very classy touch.
The history of skateboarding is exciting & i for one can never get enough of it.
Kudos to Ben for all his hard work & Lucia for her outstanding photography. Thank You ..Patti*
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Good, Rad, Gnarly in spades 11 July 2011
By james brisick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A comprehensive, super fun look into the genesis of skateboarding. Great pics. Playful, informative prose. A group shot of the seminal Dogtowners as they appear today. Double thumbs up!
The Good, The Rad, and the Gnarly 12 Mar. 2015
By Janette A. Rawls - Published on Amazon.com
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I started skating in '76, and continued till about '90. Then started back around '99 and have been riding ever since. The most important years to most skaters are the 'era' (for lack of better terms) that they started out skating. History of skateboarding really does not mean much to them beyond the couple of years before they started, becuase this helps to layout their level of riding skill required. So basically, the whole skateboard industry before the early '80's rebirth (after the 1980 bust) is not understood or even known about. Old school is described as the 1980's. There was a whole era before that, where the way was paved, and even before that with the 60's activity. But, the 1976-1980 time frame is incredible. The advancements and design changes that occurred in those 4 years is incredible. Flash forward to now days where the mainstream popsickle street skateboards have essentially remained unchanged for the last 20 years.

To make a long story short, this book is about 250 pages. At page 180, the book is still covering pre-'80 industry and skaters. Most semi-recent skateboarding attempts really do the 70's and earlier a disjustice. They cover it, but nowhere near the depth it should be. For the most partthe 80's is viewed as the history, and the 60's and 70's also happened. This book is freakin awesome. It does the opposite. If you want true skateboarding history prior to the 1980s, this book is it. A word of warning, the book focuses more on industry history and hitters, and less on parks and terrain, AND it is very west coast oriented. The Brewer, Fox, Mark Lake, Belair companies and many others are not really covered. These details normally would detract from the book's rating, but with the detail provided of the pre-'80 era (2/3's of the book), its hard to find any fault. Great Book.

If you started skating in the 1980's or more recently, this book will likely not do much for you. If you are in your late 40's or older, this book will be a 'must have'.
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Ben Marcus's Skateboard book 11 July 2011
By garnet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very well done! Reading so many authentic stories and informations about the skateboard history is a real pleasure. Plus the original pictures are great too.
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