INTERVIEW: Re-Considering the Source (Gordon Kennedy Talks More About Eden Ahbez and the California Nature Boys)

EDEN’S ISLAND

The last time I spoke to author Gordon Kennedy, his book Children of the Sun was out of print.

To date, it remains the authoritative text on the California Nature Boys and the transference of alternative culture from Germany to the deserts and shores of California during the early 20th century.

Recently, Kennedy’s book was reissued. It is available here. I sat down with the author/researcher to continue what has so far been one of the most popular interviews at the Eden’s Island Blog.

Brian Chidester, 06/24/2015

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The Health Hut, an organic emporium owned by California Nature Boy Gypsys Boots, became the new hang out in L.A. in the late 1950s for alternative types. Eden Ahbez shows his appreciation here, playing for organic fruits in between royalty checks from ASCAP. The Health Hut, an organic emporium owned by California Nature Boy Gypsy Boots, became the new hang out in L.A. in the late 1950s for alternative types. Eden Ahbez shows his appreciation here, playing for organic fruits in between royalty checks from ASCAP.

Brian Chidester: The last interview we did was in 2010. Update me on where your research has gone…

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