- File Size: 20981 KB
- Print Length: 160 pages
- Publisher: The History Press (July 30, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 20, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FCTNQF3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
|Digital List Price:||$17.99|
|Print List Price:||$23.99|
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California Tiki: A History of Polynesian Idols, Pineapple Cocktails and Coconut Palm Trees Kindle Edition
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Yes, it covers the historical significance: the reaction of post-WWII and Korean war veterans rewriting their experiences to deal with both PTSD and reintegration into society by sublimation and subversion. It addresses music (Exotica and Surf), bars and Tiki lounges, movies, television programming, demise with the rise of Vietnam War due to the discomforting similarities, and the resurgence again in the 90s. ... also presents the sides and interpretation of fantasy versus appropriation inherent in Tiki. ...
Overall, a solid overview of California Tiki to give readers a basis for understanding, a deeper read will require use of the extensive footnotes."
This is tiki culture, along with tropical drinks and rattan, and it's part of why I want to read more deeply on the subject. The authors bring up the specter of cultural appropriation - of the fact that tiki in America is mainly the invention of cis-straight white guys, and the fact that by utilizing the "exotic," they [appropriated] other cultures that weren't their own. But they also, rightly I believe, point out that tiki isn't taking from a monoculture. It has some resemblance to actual Polynesia and Hawaii, but it really is a place made of imagination, as fantastical as Disneyneyland. "Tiki," they argue, "is for everyone."
If I've made this book seem sloggy, it's not. I learned a lot about exotica and surf music, about beach party movies and how to make the perfect Blue Hawaiian. There's a lot of history packed into this small book, most of it oriented to pop culture, and most of it breezy. But an understanding of tiki isn't complete without understanding its roots, and why it was so important to a generation who was still struggling to find its own identity, and so made one up."
About the Author
Adam Foshko has worked on some of the most successful media franchises in history. His experience as a writer and world builder has cultivated a deep understanding of why stories are important and their place in reinforcing culture, socialization, history and identity. He believes that Tiki has a similar power--one that calls to us from a much older world of mystery, binding us together in its rediscovery, playfully tempting us with the opportunity of escape and promising a tale of great adventure. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Anyway, it could be a reasonable instroduction to tiki pop to non familiar readers of the subject. But if you have to invest your money in a good book about Tiki pop, it's a must to get the Sven A. Kirsten or Domenic Priore books. They are pure gold.