Tiki Road Trip

Published in 2003 by Santa Monica Press, Tiki Road Trip was James' first book.  It was completely revised and expanded for a vastly superior second edition in 2007.  Both are now out of print.  The final retail copy was auctioned in 2016, raising $1050 to support Planned Parenthood.  The best way to continue supporting this project is to use this link for a used or digital copy.

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James became intrigued and amused by the classic tiki bars of the 1930s to 1960s while touring the country with rock bands in the 1990s.  As a fun outlet from the pressures of touring life, he began seeking out the relics of this mid-century phenomenon as he visited each new city.  These explorations were chronicled on The Tiki Bar Review Pages, launched in 1995 as the first tiki web site on the entire internet (now gone).  From that point through the late 2000s, James was asked to discuss or write about the subject rather frequently.  He now feels that he has said all he has to say on this topic, and is participating in tiki-related projects extremely selectively.