In a nostalgic journey into her family's past, model and actress Liberty Ross has penned a book detailing the iconic Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace. This legendary Los Angeles roller-skating rink, managed by her parents Ian "Flipper" Ross and Banti Ross, operated from 1979 to 1981 at the corner of La Cienega and Santa Monica Boulevards.
Flipper’s was more than just a skating rink; it was a cultural melting pot that welcomed people from all walks of life, races, and perspectives. It became a defining place of the era, where young Laura Dern, Jane Fonda, and Nile Rodgers could be spotted skating to live performances by seminal artists like Black Flag, Go-Go's, and even Prince.
The book is a captivating dive into a Los Angeles that once was, capturing the essence of a time and place where diversity and unity coexisted effortlessly under the disco ball. Ross not only revisits the venue’s history but also explores its connection to her family’s own story, lending a deeply personal touch to the narrative.
Ross’s work offers an intimate look into the lifestyle, fashion, and music that made Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace a legendary locale. The roller rink became an emblem of an age where people were united by their love for music and skating, irrespective of their backgrounds.
If you're keen to experience a slice of Los Angeles history or are a fan of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s pop culture, Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace Book by Liberty Ross is an absolute must-read. It's not just a tribute to a landmark but a love letter to a bygone era that shaped countless lives.