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Name:  James Teitelbaum  

Pen Name: None


Born: in Cleveland, Ohio

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Teitelbaum lives in Chicago and teaches at Chicago College.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Teitelbaum travels the world, researches 1920s to 1960s pop culture, takes pictures, watches films, studies art history and architecture, creates award-winning cocktails, writes music (as Left Orbit Temple), works in the music industry as a recording engineer, teaches sound engineering at a Chicago college, and writes extensively on all of these topics. His books are Tiki Road Trip (Santa Monica Press, 2003; 2nd ed., 2007), Big Stone Head (Tydirium Multimedia, 2009), plus a forthcoming book on the cocktail revival, and a forthcoming collection of his travel writings. James has also written for Playboy, American Heritage, Film Threat, Tiki Magazine, Road Trip America, Beverage World, Alternative Press, and many other publications.James lives in Chicago with two tortoises, but is usually somewhere else - such as Easter Island, which he has visited twice.

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Titles At Your Library

Tiki Road Trip: A Guide to Tiki Culture in North America
ISBN: 1891661302

Santa Monica Press. 2003

"This complete guide to Tiki culture in North America and abroad lists, describes, and reviews every known Tiki bar, Polynesian restaurant, and other site of interest to fans of ˘Polynesian Pop.÷ From Tiki godfathers such as Edgar Leeteg and Don the Beachcomber to contemporary Tiki artists like Shag and Bosko, this resource covers all things Tiki in prose that is witty, entertaining, and essential for anyone who has ever stepped up to a bar, glanced up at the pufferfish hanging from the ceiling, and ordered a Singapore Sling. In addition to the exhaustive listings, recipes for classic cocktails, a glossary of Tiki terms, and resources for buying Tiki goods and artifacts are also included. Reminiscences of famous points of interest that have closed are provided for the completist, for historical perspective, and for those seeking information on the current status of a favorite Tiki site."



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