Links for 10/15/16

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When we make a batch of our pineapple-infused rum, we tend to go through it rather quickly. It makes a fantastic daiquiri, as you might imagine, and is a good way to intensify the flavor of pineapp…

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Windansea Reunion Down Under

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Pop Sixties is the must have book for any enthusiast of sixties aesthetic and culture. Featuring an intro by Bobby Sherman and many artifacts from Donna Loren’s (The Mickey Mouse Club, Batman, The Monkees, Beach Blanket Bingo, etc.) own personal collection, as well as the art, furniture, and clothing from the period. This special edition will be signed, hand numbered, and include a special signed/handnumbered print from the book. Free shipping on all domestic orders, and a 20% discount for the first 2 weeks after Tiki Fest when you use the code TIKIFEST2016 at check out. Preorder your copy today! Sale ends September 5

Source: [Preorder] Pop Sixties by Donna Loren—Tiki Sale!

Links for 2/4/16

Guardian photographer David Levene travelled across the San Francisco Bay Area photographing the sites that transformed one of the great cities of the world

Source: San Francisco, then and now



The apartments at 310, 320, and 330 Esplanade in Pacifica, California are literally hanging over the edge of a cliff. Rain, storms, and rising ocean levels are steadily eroding the sandy bluffs on …

Source: Video: cliffside apartment buildings near San Francisco are about to fall / Boing Boing


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Back in ’77 when shorts were short, socks were long and hair was big, professional photographer Nick De Wolf took these excellent shots of young skateboarders or as they were called in the early days Sidewalk Surfers showing off their skillz. These shots were taken in Aspen, Colorado about the time when freestyle skating was [&hellip

Source: Sidewalk Surfers of Seventy Seven – Voices of East Anglia



Surf Music USA
Book on The Surf Music Craze

Stephen McPharland Surf Music USA

I read the Spectro Pop site is recommending this highly. And the author, Stephen J. McParland, has been a prolific historian of the subject of Surf-, hotrod-, Skateboard-, Motorbike and related early to mid 60s musical styles since 1979, when he started his California Music magazine, from Australia.
read more about this book here.

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Birth of the Cool

I checked this book out a while back and I confirm it’s a must have. Here’s a quote from the New York Times.

birth of the cool

The cool was born in New York. It was in Manhattan that Miles Davis and the nine-piece group he convened in the late 1940s forged a tightly understated alternative to the hot expressionism of bebop and recorded the hugely influential tracks later collected in the album “Birth of the Cool.” But it was in California in the 1950s that cool jazz and cool art in general took root and flourished.

The story is well told in “Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design and Culture at Midcentury,” an exhibition here at the Addison Gallery of American Art. Organized by Elizabeth Armstrong, chief curator at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, Calif., where it originated, the show examines cool style of the ’50s in several disciplines, including painting, furniture design, architecture, film and photography.

The multidisciplinary approach could be confusing, but it all hangs together in ways both entertaining and thought provoking. What emerges is not just a style but a spirit and an ethos that are in many ways diametrically opposite those of East Coast Abstract Expressionism. Angst-free, not monumental, anti-grandiose:
California cool is laid back yet cleanly articulated, impersonal yet intimate, strict yet hedonistic, and seriously playful. …

Birth of the Cool – California – Art – Review – New York Times

Thanks to Lou Smith.