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Book of Tiki: A Guide for the Urban Archeologist
After World War II, US soldiers stationed in the South Pacific returned home with tales of trees loaded with exotic fruits, sleepy lagoons, white-sand beaches, and gorgeous people wearing grass and feathers as they danced half-naked during all-night orgies of food and music. The American imagination seized on this exotic version of island culture, and it exerted a massive...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Taschen
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I turned my attention to Tiki aesthetics and decor thanks to two separate experiences. The first was a brief, flirting interest with Googie architecture, and the second was a trip to Disneyland. What these two have in common is an overlap over the American craze for Tiki. Kirsten wrote an article that I scooped up somewhere on the internet, and it immediately became obvious that he had put considerable time and research behind what he wrote. I wanted to get more, and so ordered The Book of Tiki ...more
I'm not much of a tiki cum lounge fanatic but I love this book, anyway. Every tiki cliche on your laundry list: cocktails, music, clothes, etc. is here for your review, and as mid-century memorabilia goes it's presented with much panache and style. I like the fact that during a short period of time you could live in any boring town in America but still find your own private Fiji in many of these gorgeous lounges. If you want to take a crash course in tikiometry, start here hepcat.
I know I haven't read this book yet, but I've flipped through every page of it and it's a tiki lover's heaven! Even if the text turns out to be crap (which it doesn't appear to be from the little I skimmed) it wouldn't matter because the pictures are enough to make you weep. It depicts so many tiki themed businesses, that it gives the impression that when you next head out, all this will be waiting for you, but sadly, much of it is now defunct. We can be grateful for th great tiki revival since ...more
Sep 20, 2007 Mike Williams rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: south sea swingers and volcano bowl loungers
Honestly I had higher hopes for this book. It is more of a miss-match collection of yard-sale finds loosely based around South Pacific exoticism, Polynesian-pop, and the tiki-bar phenomenon. I suppose I was hoping for a museum catalog written by a scene-ster, but Sven (a scenester in his own right apparently) took a large first step in the right direction with this book.