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Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Facing Future

Dan Kois

Dan Kois is a contributing writer to New York magazine and a film critic for the Washington Post. He was the founding editor of New York’s culture blog, Vulture, and has written for the New York Times, Slate, the Oxford American, Television Without Pity, and Honolulu Magazine. He lives in Arlington, Virginia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

33 1/3 Books

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...Even at four in the morning, the strip clubs and watering holes surrounding the Honolulu studio were still hopping. The recording engineer heard a car pull into the lot, and soon the biggest man he had ever seen walked in. When he stepped...
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...Though best known for his medley cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s focus on preserving and innovating Hawaiian traditional music made him the island’s most popular entertainer. Born...

Exotica

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...During the 1950s a musical genre referred to as exotica came to prominence in the United States, marking an unprecedented wave of musical and cultural exoticisms in popular music. Overnight, composers such as Les Baxter, Martin Denny...

Polynesia

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: American Samoa: 70,260 (2003); Cook Islands: 21,008 (2003); Fiji: 868,531 (2003); French Polynesia: 262,125 (2003); Niue: 2,145 (2002); Pitcairn Island: 47 (2003); Samoa: 178,173 (2003); Tokelau: 1,418 (2003); Tonga: 108,141...

Hawai’i (Hawaii)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 1,200,000 (2000) Located at a latitude of between 19 and 22 degrees north, Hawai‘i consists physically of an archipelago of high volcanic islands and coral atolls spanning some 200 miles (322 km)....