The Nine Club with Chris Roberts: Jeff Grosso
The Nine Club with Chris Roberts has, as I'm sure you'd expect, a vvveerrryy special guest this week - with the legendary Jeff Grosso taking to the chair to cover a long history of skateboarding, hell raising, smuggling hash for Christian Hosoi, skating for various skateboard company luminaries from Powell Peralta to Anti Hero, acting as a curator of skate history and the various other avenues that life has taken him down. Grosso's return to skateboarding as one of its elder statesmen, librarian and keeper of history is one of the best curve balls that our strange subculture has thrown up in the last few years and firmly placed him as one of the most interesting personalities to sit in front of a camera. This interview does not disappoint and Jeff's memory is surprisingly coherent for someone who was basically a walking pharmacy during a large portion of the history covered here - in other words, stop reading and start watching!
"I just bought into that Duane Peters lie..."
"This week Jeff Grosso discusses growing up in Eagle Rock CA, moving to Arcadia, quitting high school a credit short a month before graduation, his first sponsor Variflex, getting on Powell Peralta, leaving Powell Peralta to turn pro for Schmitt Stix, his heavy drug use, smuggling a ball of hash through airport security for Hosoi, partying on Robitussin, nearly killing Ross Goodman, leaving Santa Cruz for Lucero Limited which turned into Black Label, overdosing and almost dying multiple times, working normal jobs to get by, getting on Vans and Antihero, how he feels about skateboarding in the Olympics, Love letters and much more!"