The Answer is Never

The Answer is Never : A Skateboarder's History of the World

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Skateboarding is one of the great outlaw subcultures - combining death-defying stunts, cutting-edge fashion, and an all-round bad attitude. This is the story of the people who forged and inspired that culture, like the legendary Dogtown crew: Alva, Peralta, Adams, - kids bailing out scummy backyard pools to skate in them, fleeing from security guards, and inspiring each other to ever-greater feats. A scene which eventually led Tony Hawk to be the first skater to earn a million dollars a year. Written as a history and personal memoir by someone immersed in the skateboard world for over twenty years, The Answer Is Never is not just the story of the heroes, but the exploits of anyone who's ever picked up a more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 26mm | 258.55g
  • Cornerstone
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16
  • 0099431866
  • 9780099431862
  • 1,930,817

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"Weyland's excellent book is a demonstration that even something as apparently faddish as skateboarding has a history and a culture. Most rad." The Independentshow more

About Jocko Weyland

Jocko Weyland's fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Open City magazine and Metropolis, among others. His third gallery show of photography was mounted last summer at the Steffany Martz more

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If you walk through the centre of any big town or city today, it's pretty certain that at some point you'll come across some skateboarders. Usually this will be in an open area with plenty of concrete and walls and steps to serve as jumping points for the teenagers, and some adults, who trundle up and down performing, or at least attempting, a variety of stunts and turns. Whatever one's personal feelings about it, skateboarding is an important subculture and one that is here to stay. Jocko Weyland, skateboarder and photographer has written a sharp, evocative personal history of skateboarding, tracing its roots right back to Polynesian surfers, first noted by Westerners when Captain Cook landed in Hawaii in 1778. After a brief whizz through the boards' ancient antecedents, the book jumps forward to 1958 and the birth of the skateboard proper. As Weyland describes his personal odyssey, we learn how a skateboard is assembled, which streets and surfaces are best for skating, who the heroes of the sport were and are, where they go and what they do. The book achieves a good balance between autobiographical details and more general facts, figures stories and history about skateboarding and boarders. It's written with an unflagging energy and enthusiasm which reflects the author's almost breathless love for the sport. A must-have for skateboarders, but a fascinating read for anyone interested in sport and youth culture in general. (Kirkus UK)show more

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