Better to Reign in Hell

Better to Reign in Hell

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The silver-and-black-clad Oakland Raiders fans are the most notorious in American professional sports, with a mythic reputation for cursing, drinking, brawling, and generally wreaking mayhem. The devotion of the teama€™s multiracial, largely blue-collar supporters runs deep, creating a profound sense of community. As Jim Miller and Kelly Mayhew reveal in this hair-raising and entertaining new book, the self-described Raider Nation, smitten with its outlaw mystique, provides a gritty alternative to Californiaa€™s sunshine-and-granola image. Over the course of the harrowing 2003 season, Miller and Mayhew explored the reality behind the myth and interviewed legions of rabid Raiders fansa€”from suburban families to bikersa€”while attending games in the a€œBlack Holea€ (the rowdiest section in Oaklanda€™s stadium), frequenting sports bars, and crashing tailgate parties. Featuring the extraordinary photography of Joseph A. Blum, Better to Reign in Hell is both a rollicking tale of obsessive fandom and a fascinating study of the intersection of class, race, gender, and community in professional sports.On BART I looked over an Oakland Tribune article entitled, a€œIs Arnold Losing His Superhero Status? Planned Cuts Will Hit Hardest at Lower End of Economic Spectrum. ... five more chances to spackle on hypoallergenic silver and black death masks and trot out their spike-encrusted hard hats are a few prime opportunities toanbsp;...

Title:Better to Reign in Hell
Author: Jim Miller, Kelly Mayhew
Publisher:The New Press - 2011-10-25

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