Ibiza Books / History

Someone was looking for Damien Enright’s Dope in the Age of Innocence in the other thread - I thought I’d add a few of my favorites and see if if others had any - thread created distinct from the general books thread if that’s OK -

  1. Laurie Lee - I Can’t Stay Long
    Various essays but of interest is “Ibiza High Fifties” Truly great writing and an unforgettable snapshot:
    You got there by a slow boat, full of beatniks and Germans; and unless you were lucky you sat on the engine from which a reek of hot grease, coughed up by the pistons, accompanied the wallowing journey…
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  2. Nancy Mehagian - Siren’s Feast: An Edible Odyssey
    Hat tip to @Apiento’s piece in TP
    Counterculture adventures and great recipes - lovely book
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  3. Antonio Escohotado - Mi Ibiza privada
    Only read bits as my Spanish comprehension is derived from Italian & French but writer/philosopher Escohotado was the founder of the original incarnation of Amnesia in the 1970s:
    “I migrated to the island in 1970 and hardly moved from there until 1984, when an alliance of thugs and police suggested I beat a retreat. Since I made it through that, I have spent years passing much of September in a pleasant hotel in Salinas, which keeps me from losing too much contact with my adoptive homeland.
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Shout out also to Martin Davies learned review of Stephen Armstrong’s White Island on liveibiza.com which set me on the path…

And if anyone has a spare Paula’s monograph… DMs welcomed. :wink:

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Old and quite difficult to get hold of but copies can be found on eBay.

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1993 account of a Brits experience living in rural Ibiza, worth seeking out…

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Audio interview with Damien Enright, author of ‘Dope in the Age of Innocence’

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Haven’t read this myself yet, it’s been on my want list for years. I hear its a good read

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Thanks for the reminder. Just purchased!

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Just found a copy on Ebay for £2 - will report back asap :slight_smile:

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This is well worth a look, probably more suited in another thread but I’ll leave it here. Irish TV channel done show years ago.

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Has a very large picture section, for when you’re browsing book racks in Amsterdam. Using nothing but a paintbrush and Dutch bluff, Jan Cremer is the only short-haired expat on the island, bedding the likes of Nico (Velvet Underground) and various other hippie chicks.
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This looks fabulous—just snagged a copy, thanks for the tip. X

Some balearic fairy must have heard my wish as I managed to snag a copy of the Paula’s monograph from the lovely folks at Idea. Not at all cheap, but, well, it was my birthday after all

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