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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; 1 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082642905X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826429056
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Kois is a contributing writer to New York magazine and a film critic for the Washington Post. He was the founding editor of New York's culture blog, Vulture, and has written for the New York Times, Slate, the Oxford American, Television Without Pity, and Honolulu Magazine. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.


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Dan Kois is a senior editor at Slate and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. He was the founding editor of New York magazine's culture blog, Vulture, and has written for the New York Times, The Awl, the Oxford American, Television Without Pity, and Honolulu magazine. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, but someday will move back to Hawai'i.

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It's a complicated story and I'm happy to have read it.
Karen Ringen
The book provides background on how the album was compiled, the histories behind the different songs and the different styles of songs on the album.
B. Porter
If you crave to know more about the phenomenom that still is IZ, then this book is a must read.
Linda

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cherry W. Tolliver on January 29, 2010
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Finished the book a couple of weeks ago and then sat next to a woman born and raised in Hawaii and we talked for two hours about IZ and the islands. Great job Dan. I really enjoyed it and wished it didn't end. A great book for those people who enjoy the music but haven't spent much time there and an outstanding book for those of us with such a strong respect and love for the people, culture and history. Not only does it capture IZ's life and rise to a guardian of Hawaiian culture, it shows how he (like Eddie Aikua) unconsciously became a hero to its people. Really enjoyed reliving a lot of the memories as you explored the different corners of Oahu and brought to life the history and depth of Hawaiian music.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Aetric on February 22, 2010
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Every once and a while you hear a song in the credits of a movie, and though you have no idea what the song is, or who it's by, that song perfectly matches the emotions from the movie's ending. Such is the case of Iz Kamakawiwo'ole's beautiful ukelele version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" that played during the credits of Finding Forrester.

I've seen that movie countless times. It's always a tear jerker for me. But the tears come - not when Sean Connery's character dies - but when Iz's music starts playing. The melody and vocals are so forlorn, yet so hopeful...almost unearthly. It's a masterful pairing. But like most songs that roll with the credits, it's a song you never hear anything more about.

However, this song was different. I eventually tracked it down, and after listening to it countless times, decided to find out more about the singer. Turns out it was a thousand pound hawaiian named Iz who was apparently worshipped by his fellow islanders, suffering from a drug problem, and being put through the ringer by bad management. It also turns out...he was dead. It was enough to whet my appetite.

I quickly discovered Dan Kois's 'Facing Future' on Amazon and made my purchase on a whim. I am so glad I did. The author writes in a way that lets you not only learn about Iz's amazing life, but become a part of it. It's hard to tell whether it's the author's writing style, or the richness of Iz's life, but the book is far more engrossing than most standard non-fiction. You will be deeply moved by this gentle giant's honest story, and devastated by how it was cut short.

I highly recommend 'Facing Future' to readers of all genres. You will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Shelden on April 18, 2010
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I so enjoyed this book. I knew little about Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, or Hawaii for that matter, before I started reading, and I've learned so much since. The author does more than merely tell a story about how Iz accomplished all that he did, but also considers why Iz played, who profited from his success, and who was left behind, giving various perspectives on a subject obviously controversial and sensitive to Hawaiians.

It's a fascinating read, even for those who aren't already fans of Iz or his work.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Stuever on March 18, 2010
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You've been to Hawaii, right? Actually, have you ever been to any place that tries to put forth a "tropical" summery vibe, up to and including the place that rents innertubes at Harper's Ferry? Then you know the sound of Iz.

That would be Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. (Everyone called him Iz.) He's the one who recorded that ukelele version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which appeared on his album "Facing Future," which was released in 1993. (The "Over the Rainbow" cover was made one drunken night in 1988.) Millions of record sales later, that song has been used in a lot of commercials -- especially commercials aiming to make yuppies feel more ethereal about their purchases and vacation plans -- and basically anyplace you've ever ordered a daiquiri. As much as it makes me think of the Sheraton in Kona, it also makes me think of the Internet bubble economy circa 2000.

That's where Dan Kois comes in. He's written "Facing Future" for the 33-1/3 book series. (The series of books pairs a writer up with a legendary album and has the writer do a pocket-sized book-length essay about it.)

I had the pleasure of reading Facing Future in manuscript form last summer. Of all the authors who've ever asked me to read their book for them, this was the one I put the least amount of red pen marks on. It's an engaging and tragic story, quite well told, about a darker and more wistful side of life and death in Hawaii.

(Review repurposed from my blog, hankstuever + dot + com ... come by sometime.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Ringen on April 19, 2011
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A very satisfying read. This works not just as an account of the album but also as a short bio of Israel. The good and bad of Israel himself mirror the good and bad of the album's success. It's a complicated story and I'm happy to have read it. This book even brought me to tears at one point.

I was lucky enough to be introduced to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole by a co-worker at Borders before "Over the Rainbow" became a hit. I know little of the Hawaiian native struggles and I'm grateful for the overview. I will continue to use this album as a gateway drug to world music. Now I can pass this book along to my fellow Iz fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Porter on September 17, 2010
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By definition, I'm a haole. But I don't think I'm a typical haole because I love every song on Facing Future - even the ones that I don't understand.

If that doesn't make sense to you, read this short book. It provides a concise history of Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole's life and musical career.

The book provides background on how the album was compiled, the histories behind the different songs and the different styles of songs on the album.

Before reading the book, I had been listening to the album for a few years. Listening to it now, I have a higher level of understanding of the songs because of the background provided in the book.
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