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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 382282433X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822824337
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Irreverent, fabulously fun, and packaged, as always with TASCHEN, beautifully. -- LA Weekly, 12/22/00

Sven Kirsten’s loving look at the post-war craze for all things Polynesian is filled with photos ... -- Travel Etc. Magazine, December 2000

The amazing world of Tiki has never been more lovingly and thoroughly documented. -- Paper Magazine, December 2000 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English, German, French (translation)
Original Language: English --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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More About the Author

Sven Kirsten is the author of the "Book of Tiki", widely acknowledged as the bible of the style, and "Tiki Modern", which further explores Tiki style's relation to mid-century modernism. Sven was born in the the German port town of Hamburg in 1955. His childhood impressions gathered at Hagenbeck's Zoo, at the Hamburg Anthropology Museum, and the sailors' bars of the St. Pauli red light district left him with a longing for distant shores, and in 1980 he emigrated to California. Here he continued his career in the film industry by studying at the San Francisco Art Institute and the American Film Institute. He left the AFI to join the vibrant music video production scene in Los Angeles in the 1980s, photographing music videos for such diverse talents as Tom Waits, Sergio Mendes, Billy Joel and The Cramps.

It was this love for visuals that inspired Sven to collect and photograph the remnants of the forgotten culture of Polynesian pop in America, leading him to identify the Tiki as its icon. As a hunter and gatherer of lost artifacts and ephemera of this phenomenon, he began to see the pattern of a unique art form, and decided to publish his findings in the "Book of Tiki" in September 2000. For the first time, the book presented all the aspects of Tiki style, its design, graphics, architecture, social culture and cocktail mixology, proving that it had been an art form in its own right, a fact which had not been recognized in its heyday. The book put Tiki firmly on the map of American pop culture, and is regarded as the standard work on the style. As it began to inspire a Tiki revival, Kirsten lectured, wrote and advised on Tiki culture in the United States and in Polynesia.

In 2007 Sven followed suit with his second book, "Tiki Modern", in which he concentrated on the juxtaposition of Pop primitivism and mid-century modernism, a key element of Tiki style. In 2010 he published his first music compilation, "The Sound of Tiki", a CD album with a 50 page booklet putting the songs into context with Tiki culture, to be enjoyed in conjunction with his books.

While regularly working as a cinematographer on German TV movies in such international locations as Capetown, St. Petersburg and Prague, at home in Los Angeles Sven advises on new Tiki restaurants being built, curates Tiki exhibitions, and designs Tiki mugs. He is currently working on his third Tiki book, which will serve as the catalog for the large Tiki exhibition he is curating for the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, to open in the summer of 2014.

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This book is a must have for anyone interested in Tiki or kitsch art.
Trader Mort
Sven Kirsten authoratively looks at Tiki- and South Seas-inspired cuisine, drinks, architecture, music, clothing and more.
Bill Jennings
The photos are great in clarity and color, and the book is very well researched.
J. R. Spencer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What a fabulous book! The definitive book on tiki culture! I can't imagine that anyelse could ever surpass the excellent work done by Sven Kirsten. This book is truly a joy. I'll often rush through a new book but I took my time with this beauty. Entertaining, absorbing and stylish, it's just as much fun to merely look at as it is to read it. Each page is an adventure. I was impressed by the scope of the book - it deals with not just restaurants but with motels, apartment buildings, home entertaining, etc. Sven Kirsten also profiles the major innovators and originators of tiki culture. The best part is that the book is presented (tongue in cheek) as a guide to the urban archaeologist, interested in uncovering the remmnants and traces of the now-extinct tiki culture.
A must-have book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter_R on October 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Tiki worshipers -- we are not alone! Our friends at LuxuriaMusic.com live and breath Tiki, and the Millionaire has kindly written a thoughtful review on "The Book of Tiki." A notable excerpt from this is:
"Possibly the most difficult aspect of reviewing this comprehensive study of Polynesian pop is that it stands alone, unassailable. It's difficult to apply any critical distance to a work like this, and it's not that nothing else approaches its thoroughness or insight: the fact is that there is simply nothing else of the sort available. Whatsoever. Anywhere. Kirsten has literally "written the book" on a phase of pop culture that once encompassed architecture,interior design, clothing, music, food, entertainment and much more, yet passed from a ubiquitous vogue to decay and disregard without ever having enjoyed critical respect or even any substantial recognition.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
It does not happen often that a new facet of American pop culture that has not been recognized before gets discovered. With his Book of Tiki Sven Kirsten succeeds in establishing a style that has been overlooked by art critics and historians alike. Through an amazing amount of visuals Kirsten proves how Tiki in it's heyday influenced every walk of American life, from architecture, design and graphics to food and drink.
In addition to the rich imagery (which affords the viewer an almost physical experience of the phenomenon) Kirsten's writing traces back the origins of the style to the Western fascination with Polynesia and, without becoming too analytical and dry, enlightens the reader on the motives for this escapism.
The chronicler's ironic enthusiasm for his subject saves him from becoming judgmental and falling for easy, politically correct conclusions.
We are guided through the history of Polynesia as an eternal metaphor for an earthly Eden up to the point where Americans fell in love with this vision.
Here Kirsten conveys how the post-war need for more moral freedom coincided with the tales of Pacific war theater veterans and the 50s idealization of Hawaii as a dream vacation destination.
In taking the guise of an urban archeologist who (as is done in classic archeology) discovers a lost culture through it's objects and artifacts, Kirsten accomplishes to throw light on a fascinating chapter of American pop that has so far lingered in obscurity.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Doug on October 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just glanced through this book at a local bookstore and was in heaven. It's priced much lower here on Amazon, so buying it on-line is the way to go. Actually, I was a bit envious as this is the definitive book I would write on Tiki culture if I could. The history, factors, collectibles and magic of Tiki are covered in tremendous detail. Amazing illustrations, photos, trivia, historical notes and more await all fans of Tiki culture. I would say that Kirsten's book delves further into Tiki culture than any book this Tiki collector has ever seen. Simply a must buy for anyone who loves Tiki culture, or anyone looking to discover the magic of this "lost" time. I'm buying 2 copies--one for my friend and one for me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Derek Nelson on February 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I got a big kick out of this book--the author's dedication and perseverance amazes me (and I have done a lot of research of my own into various obscure topics, so I know what it takes). Terrific illustrations and a nice, funky layout. Anyone interested in oddball Americana, particularly the cartoonish weirdness that occurs when we apply our marketing skills to mysterious foreign cultures, ought to hustle out and buy this book. I'm not sure what language it was written in, because the text contains some odd usages, a few minor editorial problems (two chapters with the same number, in my book) and a handful of skewed captions. But none of these things bothered me much, because it was so much fun to look at. I love the concept of "urban archeology," although in the case of Tiki bars, it seems that the bulldozer and wrecking ball are providing too many final solutions. The book does make me wonder where my nearest Tiki relic might be. Maybe I'll join the hunt.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle B. Braverman on April 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A thorough, tongue-in-cheek (but loving) exploration and explanation of the nearly-defunct American pop Polynesian phenomenom.
The Book of Tiki covers every possible area infiltrated by the almost 100%-bogus South Seas "god", the Tiki. They are all here, from the famous founding fathers (Don the Beachcomber, Trader Vic) to the mostly unknown (and mostly un-Polynesian) artists and architects of "tiki style" to the restaurants, menus, drinks, artifacts, not to mention hotels, motels, apartments, miniature golf courses, amusement parks and rec rooms. Filled with lots and lots of photos, drawings, graphics, ephemera in glorious, kinetic profusion, the Book of Tiki will have you rifling through your junk drawer for that old swizzle stick from Hawaii Kai or surfing the tiki collectables on Ebay for sure.
At the same time there is a lot to learn here about the temporal nature of pop culture and how "a cultural icon is in its greatest peril of being destroyed right before its value gets rediscovered"
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