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.