“If you know your history” Bob Marley famously urged, “Then you would know where you’re coming from.”
True dat, Bob!
“I’ll bust a nut inside your eye” Phife Dawg (RIP) famously spat, “to show you where I come from.”
Hmmmmmm. Think I’m ok for now thanks Mr Dawg!
But do you even know the history of surfing? Do you know where you, your tribe come from? Matt Warshaw certainly does.
Another quote, from the dust jacket of ABHoS:
“Warshaw appears to have attained total omniscience in his field” – London Independent.
Couple things… London? It’s called The Independent. Well it was, before it went tits up. It used to be my very favourite newspaper. But why oh why do the Americans feel the need to further qualify proper nouns? They call The Open ‘The British Open’. Grgrgrgrrrr. They call the band The Beat ‘The English Beat’. Argghghghgh!
I’d have gone for The Independent (London), to avoid making it sound like a regional torche-cul, like the San Jose Mercury News.
Anyhows, if The Independent say it’s good (or at least that the author is omniscientific) that’s more than good enough for me.
Let’s not forget the Independent’s culture section was home to Tom Lubbock for a great many years, one of the all-time motherfucking greatest evers.