THRASHER Skateboard Magazine [Nov. 2012]
„Not a ´zine but a proper book, this is an astoundingly well-researched and documented look at the representation of skateboarding in popular music in the 1960s and 1970s (prior to Mofo´s coining of the phrase and what we think of Skate Rock, ie, after punk). It´s a compendium that´s organized like an encyclopedia, with alphabetical listings and descriptions of the band and personnel, the song, and the record, as well as links to other bands and info on re-pressings and compilation versions. It´s an amazing artifact, and there are tons of photos of the actual records, artists, etc, and a thorough index. A lot of that stuff is kind of painful to listen to, but some of it is pretty good and it´s always interesting (if not mostly maddening) to see how pop culture appropriates skating and sells it to the masses (here, in music form).”
skateandannoy.com [Nov. 2012]
When I first heard of this book (before it was published) I was skeptical. I couldn’t believe there would be enough material to fill a book of any size. Then I was excited. It seemed like someone was writing a book (or playing a practical joke) just for me. Then I was pissed. Why didn’t I think of this idea? I quietly watched this, because I was not expecting it to actually come to fruition. When I saw that Dr Skaterock’s Vintage Skaterock had been published, I bought a copy without trying to hit the author up for a review copy. I figured the audience was going to be really small, so I wanted to support it. Upon receiving the (reasonably priced) book, I geeked out. It was a lot more scholarly than I had thought. I had assumed it was going to be a small coffee table styler book focusing on album covers, but equal (if not more) attention has been paid to release dates, record labels, alternate pressings and the sort of minutia that made me think, “Man, this guy is a geek!” – fully aware that I am the same caliber of geek. Then I thought, this is exactly the kind of geek I want contributing to Skate and Annoy. I have dabbled in skatesploitation music here on SNA. I’ve considered it a pet project of mine, even though some friends can’t understand why I even bother. However much of an “authority” I fancied myself as, Dr Skaterock has completely outclassed me in this area.