Rolling Thunder by Scott Stephens
A book on Sports Sociology
In Rolling Thunder: The Golden Age of Roller Derby & the Rise and Fall of the L.A. T-Birds, author Scott Stephens expounds on the world of professional roller derby and how it impacted the inner cities of Los Angeles.
From 1978 to 1981, from his seat on the infield and from the track itself, Stephens was part of everything the games offered, from its underground cast of shadowy characters and venues to its adrenaline junkies and alternative lifestyles. He loved it all.
Stephens’ one-on-one interviews with key Roller Games figures Bill Griffiths, Sr., Bill Griffiths, Jr., Ralphie Valladares, John Hall, Buddy Atkinson, Jr., and many more make this tome a unique contribution to the history of roller derby.
Inside these pages, with Stephens’ as your guide, you’ll revisit the magic and mayhem of Roller Derby and Los Angeles’ flagship team, the T-Birds.
About the Author
Scott Stephens spent four years as a Roller Derby skater, including time with the Los Angeles T-Birds. In the late 1970’s, he founded and edited Raw Power magazine.
Now the CEO of Liquid Blue, Inc., Stephens earned his bachelor’s degree from Alaska Pacific University. Since 1996, he has managed the musical group Liquid Blue and served as the band’s lead vocalist and songwriter for more than fifteen years. The group has appeared in more than 120 countries and holds a Guinness World Record for the feat.
Today Stephens splits his time between surfing locales in San Diego, the Philippines, and Costa Rica.
Raw Power Magazine
Covering Rock & Roll of L.A. & the Sunset Strip in the ’70s