|Roller Derby fight from the 1950's|
Photo from "The Selvedge Yard" blog
In honor of that, I present two (count 'em two!) documentaries from 2007 dealing with the resurgence of this sport, made famous from the '50's to the '70's.
First up, Blood on the Flat Track: The Rise of the Rat City Rollergirls tells the story of a team from Seattle, Washington through their first two seasons and their fight to win the championship.
Next, Hell on Wheels details the rise of the team from Austin, Texas who almost single-handedly brought roller derby out of the dustbin and gave it a 21st century twist, despite the trials and tribulations of bringing back a sport from the brink of death.
I'll be at the Decatur Civic Center tonight, along with the Lady of the Manor and our friends Quietly Disgruntled and Rayne of Terror, so come on out and have some fun at the roller derby! The doors open at 5PM with bouts at 6PM and 7:30PM.
Check 'em out!
Blood on the Flat Track (WP)(AMG)(IMDB)
Hell on Wheels (WP)(AMG)(IMDB)