Below are some resources for further immersing yourself in Exotica culture. I consider them essential for any true Tikiphile . Enjoy!
A fascinating cultural history of Tiki and Polynesian pop’s Golden Era, jam-packed with all sorts of wonderful anecdotes, stories, histories and vintage art. An adventure to read and look through.
Imagine—an art book with actual art! And not the boring kind. It’s a visual history of mid-century “modern primitive”, a striking, seamless blend of Atomic-Age 50s modernism and Polynesian art and décor. Fascinating.
Want to throw the ultimate Tiki shindig but don’t know how to get started? Take your cue from the master himself, with delightful ideas, decor and Island recipes that will turn your backyard into a Polynesian playground.
An urban archeologist’s dream, it’s an encyclopedia of Tiki landmarks major and minor; old and new, and many no longer with us, throughout North America and around the world. Truly a labor of love on the author’s part.
While maybe not one of Baxter’s most popular albums, the music is some of the most ethereal and enchanting I’ve ever heard. A personal favorite of mine.
Part of Capitol Record’s Ultra-Lounge series, it’s a compilation of Exotica’s best with hits from Martin Denny, Les Baxter, Yma Sumac and others.
What better way to get started on your sonic journey through Tiki but with the very best from the King of Exotica himself?
Also, check out these Tiki Links.