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Amazing "Havana before Castro" book now out!
bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11193
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-07-25 6:54 pm   Permalink



This whopper of a 256 page book is chock-full with eye candy, vintage and contemporary. Glamorous exotic dancing girls of the 50s...


...And of today:


Yummy rum cocktails:


Cool night spots....


...that used to be frequented by celebrities and mobsters alike:


Classic cars:




and tropical modernism:


...like at the Riviera Hotel...


...or the Capri,


...the Hotel on which roof the famous swimming pool scene in "I am Cuba" was shot:


http://youtube.com/watch?v=zvwLZOpxAFQ&feature=related

We also believe that the nightclub's exit scene was shot right across from the Capri at this club:



..because in the camera pan you can see the Capri's neon sign across the street.

Here is the link to order this fine tome from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Havana-Before-Castro-Tropical-Playground/dp/1423603672/ref=si3_rdr_bb_product



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OceaOtica
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Joined: Sep 29, 2003
Posts: 909
From: near Atlanta, Georgia
Posted: 2008-07-25 7:26 pm   Permalink

Been waiting for this book to come out! Thanks for giving the heads up on its release.
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Son-of-Kelbo
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 590
From: NOHO, CA
Posted: 2008-07-25 8:26 pm   Permalink

Second that. Terrific heads-up.

Hope we may see you, and some other local Ohana, at the Hollywood Bowl next month for "A Night In Old Havana"...

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Sophista-tiki
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Joined: Sep 13, 2005
Posts: 1726
From: Seattle WA
Posted: 2008-07-26 11:11 am   Permalink

could this be cooler!!!!! Its fresh inspiration I just ordered my copy I didnt want to wait until my birthday. I also ordered a book on graphics from the golden age of Cuba. seems like they would make a good set. Thanks for posting so many pics Sven . Im going to thoroughly examine each one! I guess I didnt realize therewas so much Mid centurey modern in Cuba. Dawn
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11193
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-07-27 5:44 pm   Permalink

A big thank you to everyone who helped to temporarily bump up this book to Amazon.com Sales Rank: #1,806 yesterday! That is a damn good ranking.



Cheers!


 
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Mrs Tiki Diablo
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Joined: Sep 14, 2007
Posts: 13
Posted: 2008-07-27 6:03 pm   Permalink

Ah Sven, this is so amazing ! Can't wait to get my hands on it .

 
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hodadhank
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Joined: Dec 28, 2005
Posts: 1686
From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2008-07-28 07:39 am   Permalink

Wow! Paradise lost. Ever been Sven?

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11193
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-07-28 08:24 am   Permalink

Me? No! (also see http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=29211&forum=1&vpost=397030 )

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virani
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 1438
From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2008-07-28 11:34 am   Permalink

damn, it is sold out, and amazon.fr says it's releising in September.
Thanks anyway for the info Sven.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11193
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-07-28 1:35 pm   Permalink

Whoaaa! That was FAAAAST! Very impressive...



Here's the next thing to do:
Once you get it, and if you all like it (and I know you will) please leave a multi-star (like 5?) review on Amazon.com. It looks good to have more than 10 positive reviews on there.... Mahalo!


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
Posts: 3525
From: HELL
Posted: 2008-07-28 2:18 pm   Permalink


..i did my part...ordered a copy the other day...i also ordered another book about cuba as well....can't wait to stuff my eyes full of this new book!!



 
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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 3135
From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2008-07-28 4:33 pm   Permalink



What Sven said.




 
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catmomma
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Joined: Mar 14, 2007
Posts: 267
From: San Diego
Posted: 2008-07-28 5:39 pm   Permalink

I added it to my wish list for when I have some money. Looks great

[ This Message was edited by: catmomma 2008-07-28 17:39 ]


 
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Kon-Tiki Viking
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Joined: May 20, 2004
Posts: 91
From: Somewhere Beyond The Sea
Posted: 2008-07-29 7:29 pm   Permalink

I was lucky enough to see the book the other night and it is truly awesome. The photos, writing and lay-out are all outstanding and it should appeal to everyone who digs Mid-Century Modernism, Tiki and retro in general. Can't wait to get my own copy to droll over. Thanks, Sven for posting those amazing photos and for the link to the "I Am Cuba" trailer on YouTube. And now, taking inspiration from the book, and to "celebrate" my first experience of a California quake, I'm going to mix up a couple of Mojitos.

 
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croe67
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Joined: Jan 05, 2003
Posts: 1079
From: Land of Cheese & Beer
Posted: 2008-08-02 07:50 am   Permalink

I, too, got to see a preview of this book last week - a very, very cool book with great pictures of Cuba then & now - and some that show the same place back pre-Castro, as well as today. For some it's remarkable to see how much they HAVEN'T changed

 
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