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Tiki Pop: America imagines its own Polynesian Paradise Hardcover – August 1, 2014
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About the Author
Sven Kirsten was conceived on a freighter of his grandfather's Hamburg-Chicago Line. Following the call of the big world, he moved to California at the age of 25. Kirsten studied at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and began shooting music videos in the late 1980s for The Cramps, Tom Waits, Sergio Mendes and others. After years of hunting down pieces of the puzzle of Polynesian Pop, Kirsten has developed a singular insight into the Cult of Tiki and has become the country's most eminent Tiki archaeologist.
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If you can only have one book in your tiki library, this is, without a doubt, the one to get. If you can have two, pick up Book of Tiki (if you can find it for less than $200!).
This book is huge...it's oversized and chock full of photos. While the multilingual text is minimal, the book delivers on the major selling point...the imagery. It traces the American Polynesian craze through the last century from its authentic origins to its campy offspring. Full of vintage photos, ads, menus, etc., it conveys the breadth of tiki culture with both context and conclusions. I held off buying the book until I'd seen it in person and was sold before I'd turned 3 pages. A great companion to The Book of Tiki and its slightly less attractive sibling, Tiki Modern, Tiki Pop emerges as the premier tome of the trilogy. I think this will be the definitive book from here on out.
American Culture. Sven's book does a great job of showing this in his newest book.
He examines many other areas of Tiki, which are previously underexplored or all to often, forgotten.
Tiki inspired music, Tiki inspired Art, Tiki inspired architecture,Tiki inspired drinks, all of which are important parts of the phenomena. While many considered it a Fad, it is gaining adherents today. This book highlights some of the reasons we are seeing a resurgance/