Links & Cuba Resources
By no means a definitive guide here are a few books and CDs on my shelf. I recommend enjoying them in combination: mix one of Jeff's superb cocktails as you cue-up a Desi Arnaz track, then settle into a comfy chair to read about mid-century architecture through the eyes of Alan Hess or Chris Nichols. Sound good? Thought it might.
(Pop) Culture Books
From amazon.com: "Beach Bum Berry" as he is better known, leading authority on tropical drinks and polynesian pop-culture, offers up tantalizing new drink recipes and the untold stories of the people behind the drinks.
Travel writer Wayne Curtis follows rum's 400 year history, using ten cocktails to explore topics from slavery to tiki bars.
In these collections Charles re-assembles America of yesterday through 100's of vintage Kodachrome slides of families at home, out recreating, and vacationing (not his family).
Mid-Century Architecture Books
Alan has authored several insightful books detailing the serious and frivolous aspects of mid-century architecture. Here's but two I've really enjoyed:
Tiki Modern "... [bringing] together the two recent retro trends of mid-century modernism and Tiki style, is bound to lift the Tiki craze to a new level."
Another beautiful Taschen book!
, from kitsch to classic kitsch, Charles opines on mid-century design and American Culture with his "Slide of the Week" newsletter, books, tours, and shows.
, this local favorite, a vibraphone-fronted quartet, plays "retro classics, jazzy standards, bossa novas and cool instrumental"
, its active community forums take on mid-century modern lifestyle, design, art, furniture and architecture
, the name says it all -- all things Tiki that is. Whether building a Tiki bar or a better Mai Tai or choosing the appropriate Martin Denny album, someone on these forums will happily help you.