"Required reading for anyone who's searching for new ways to be fearless."
Carrie Brownstein, Sleater-Kinney








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Praise for Down and Derby
"A rock'em, sock'em history & '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 & bad ass !!"—John Doe of X

"Axles of Evil and Kasey Bomber are two of the most sincere, awesome, kick-ass women I've ever met. They are champions of Roller Derby—and not just in a flashy way but also in a really smart way. Being able to have learned to skate under their wing has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Down and Derby is the next best thing to training with them personally. If you love Derby this is the book you’ve been waiting for.”—Ellen Page, star of WHIP IT

“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 required reading for anyone who's searching for new ways to be fearless.” —Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney

"Derby is one of the most extraordinary, empowering and intriguing worlds I've ever found in any subculture in my life. When you read about derby, I think there's a part of your heart that is forever changed." —Drew Barrymore

"As the author of an old Roller Derby book, let me just say this to the new kid on the rink: up with Down and Derby. Whether you're already a Derby doll or a doll wannabe it's required reading."—Frank Deford, author of Five Strides On The Banked Track

"Fast, seductive, kooky, cunning, foxy, cheeky, bad arse and most importantly, no buillshit. These words not only describe Down and Derby, but the authors themselves. Veterans in the world of roller derby, Axles and Kasey are an inspiration to derby girls everywhere, myself included!"—Zoë Bell, actress and stuntwoman

“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

“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