Elvis, Jesus & Coca-cola. Kinky Friedman.
Elvis, Jesus & Coca-cola
Elvis, Jesus & Coca-cola
Elvis, Jesus & Coca-cola
Elvis, Jesus & Coca-cola
Elvis, Jesus & Coca-cola
Elvis, Jesus & Coca-cola
Elvis, Jesus & Coca-cola
Elvis, Jesus & Coca-cola
Elvis, Jesus & Coca-cola
Elvis, Jesus & Coca-cola
Elvis, Jesus & Coca-cola

Elvis, Jesus & Coca-cola

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993. Hardcover; 300 numbered pages, 8vo, original purple cloth spine and green paper boards, gilt lettering on the spine, orange endpapers, Designed by Kim, jacket design by Christine Rodin, jacket photographs by Christine Rodin, photo of Cuddles the cat by Jay Wise

First Edition | First Printing; full number line on the copyright page

Signed/ inscribed in black marker by Kinky Friedman: 'to Sarah & Dan/ Good Luck' on the title page

BOOK CONDITION: NEAR FINE; top and bottom board edges tiny bump, back bottom corner very tiny bump, front endpaper has a very tiny sticker shadow hard to see, clean bright and unmarked, internally as new | JACKET CONDITION: NEAR FINE; 3 or 4 tiny creases/ wrinkles top of spine, small surface crease front cover bottom edge, very minor shelf wear: corner tips and back flap fold, clean bright and unmarked, price intact.

About the book:


Kinky Friedman is a Jewish Texan country-and-western singer turned Greenwich Village amateur detective, with a collection of smelly cigars, a cat, and two former—but simultaneous—girlfriends named Judy. Shortly after the possibly suspicious death of one of his closest friends, Kinky finds himself short one Judy, as Uptown Judy vanishes under mysterious circumstances. Before long, the death and the disappearance seem to be connected, along with Elvis impersonators, a missing documentary film, and a five-year-old mob murder. It’ll take the Kinkster, with an assist from the Village Irregulars and Downtown Judy, to wrap this case like a New York Tex-Mex, decidedly non-kosher burrito.


About the author:


Richard Samet "Kinky" Friedman (born November 1, 1944) is an American Texas Country singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly who styles himself in the mold of popular American satirists Will Rogers and Mark Twain. He was one of two independent candidates in the 2006 election for the office of Governor of Texas. Receiving 12.6% of the vote, Friedman placed fourth in the six-person race.


Friedman was born in Chicago to Jewish parents, Dr. S. Thomas Friedman and his wife Minnie (Samet) Friedman. The family moved to a ranch in central Texas a few years later. Friedman had an early interest in both pop music and chess, and was chosen at age seven as one of 50 local players to challenge U.S. grandmaster Samuel Reshevsky to simultaneous games in Houston. Reshevsky won all 50 games, but Friedman was, by far, the youngest competitor.

Friedman graduated from Austin High School in Austin, Texas in 1962 and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1966, majoring in Psychology. He took part in the Plan II Honors program and was a member of the Tau Delta Phi fraternity. During his freshman year, Chinga Chavin gave Friedman the nickname "Kinky" because of his curly hair.

Friedman served two years in the United States Peace Corps, teaching in Borneo, Indonesia with John Gross. During his service in the Peace Corps, he met future road manager Dylan Ferrero, with whom he still works. Friedman lives at Echo Hill Ranch, his family's summer camp near Kerrville, Texas. He founded Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, also located near Kerrville, whose mission is to care for stray, abused and aging animals; more than 1,000 dogs have been saved from animal euthanasia.


After his music career stalled in the 1980s, Friedman shifted his creative focus to writing detective novels. His books have similarities to his song lyrics, featuring a fictionalized version of himself solving crimes in New York City and dispensing jokes, wisdom, recipes, charm and Jameson's whiskey in equal measure. They are written in a straightforward style which owes a debt to Raymond Chandler. To date, he has written two novels that do not star the Kinky Friedman character: Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned and The Christmas Pig.

Friedman also wrote a regular column for the magazine Texas Monthly from April 2001 to March 2005 which was suspended during his run for governor of Texas. In 2008, Texas Monthly brought his column back on a bimonthly basis.

Two books have been published collecting some of these nonfiction writings, as well as previously unpublished ones: 'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out and Texas Hold'em. He has also published a travelog (The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic) and an etiquette guide.

Friedman's early books have been republished by Friedman's own Vandam Press as ebooks. During March and April 2011 Vandam released seven of Friedman's early titles including: Greenwich Killing Time, A Case of Lone Star, Musical Chairs, When The Cat's Away, Frequent Flyer, Roadkill and the rarely seen Curse of the Missing Puppet Head. Elvis Jesus and Coca-Cola, God Bless John Wayne, Blast From The Past, Armadillos and Old Lace and two nonfiction books, Drinker With A Writing Problem and Heroes of A Texas Childhood were released in 2011. E-book releases are announced on Friedman's Twitter feed and Facebook page, "TheRealKinkster".

Friedman also announced (via Jim Bessman's column at examiner.com) the upcoming release of all Vandam Press titles as unabridged audiobooks "read by the author".

The recurring character "Rambam", a New York private investigator and friend of the Friedman character in the books, is based on the real-life investigator, Steven Rambam, who acts as a technical advisor for the real Friedman. Old Peace Corps friend and long time road manager Dylan Ferrero is also a recurring character in Kinky's mystery novels; his character is known for only speaking in rock and roll quotes, a trait taken from real life.




Friedman appeared in the 2004 documentary film Barbecue: A Texas Love Story by Austin-based director Chris Elley. In the film, narrated by Governor Ann Richards, Kinky exclaims that "Jesus loved Barbecue" and analyzes the speech patterns of Texans versus New Yorkers. Raw footage from Friedman's interview appears in the 2005 DVD release of the film. He has appeared in other movies as well including Loose Shoes and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

Friedman's persona as a politically incorrect raconteur has been likened to that of movie critic and commentator John Irving Bloom, better known in print as Joe Bob Briggs, with whom he appeared in the B movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

Friedman prefers to smoke Montecristo No. 2 Cigars, the same brand once smoked by Fidel Castro. However, he also smokes Bolivars, noting that "Simón Bolívar is the only person in history to be exiled from a country named after him." Friedman now makes eponymous cigars under the name Kinky Friedman Cigars.

Friedman is given brief praise in Joseph Heller's 1976 novel, Good as Gold, in which a governor (meant to satirize Lyndon B. Johnson), tells the main character, Bruce Gold: "Gold, I like you. You remind me a lot of this famous country singer from Texas I'm crazy about, a fellow calls himself Kinky Friedman, the Original Texas Jewboy. Kinky's smarter, but I like you more."

Friedman is friends with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and he has visited both at the White House. He wrote about his friendships with them in his November 2001 column ("Hail to the Kinkster") for Texas Monthly.

The play Becoming Kinky: The World According to Kinky Friedman, directed by Ted Swindley (Always...Patsy Cline), starring Jesse Dayton, Little Jewford, Alan Lee and Andross Bautsch, premiered in Houston, Texas on March 28, 2011.

Friedman is responsible for the quote "you've got to find what you love and let it kill you," which is often falsely attributed to the poet and novelist Charles Bukowski.


WORKS:


Greenwich Killing Time (1986, ISBN 0-688-06409-4)
A Case Of Lone Star (1987, ISBN 0-517-69427-1)
When The Cat's Away (1988, ISBN 0-517-07564-4)
Frequent Flyer (1989, ISBN 0-688-08166-5)
Musical Chairs (1991, ISBN 0-688-09148-2)
Elvis, Jesus and Coca-Cola (1993, ISBN 0-671-86922-1)
Armadillos and Old Lace (1994, ISBN 0-671-86923-X)
God Bless John Wayne (1995, ISBN 0-684-81051-4)
The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover (1996, ISBN 0-684-80377-1)
Roadkill (1997, ISBN 0-684-80378-X)
Blast From The Past (1998, ISBN 0-684-80379-8)
Spanking Watson (1999, ISBN 0-684-85061-3)
The Mile High Club (2000, ISBN 0-684-86486-X)
Steppin' On A Rainbow (2001, ISBN 0-684-86487-8)
Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch (2002, ISBN 0-684-86488-6)
Kinky Friedman's Guide to Texas Etiquette: Or How To Get To Heaven Or Hell Without Going Through Dallas-Fort Worth (2002, ISBN 0-06-093535-9)
Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned (2003, ISBN 0-06-620979-X)
Curse of the Missing Puppet Head (2003, ISBN 0-9702383-6-3)
The Prisoner of Vandam Street (2004, ISBN 0-7432-4602-0)
'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out: Reflections On Country Singers, Presidents, And Other Troublemakers (2004, ISBN 0-06-053975-5)
The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic: A "Walk" In Austin (2004, ISBN 1-4000-5070-7)
Ten Little New Yorkers (2005, ISBN 0-7432-4603-9)
Texas Hold 'Em: How I Was Born In A Manger, Died In The Saddle, And Came Back As A Horny Toad (2005, ISBN 0-312-33155-X)
Cowboy Logic : The Wit And Wisdom Of Kinky Friedman (And Some Of His Friends) (2006, ISBN 978-0-312-33157-3)
The Christmas Pig: A Fable (2006, ISBN 1-4165-3498-9)
You Can Lead A Politician To Water, But You Can't Make Him Think: Ten Commandments For Texas Politics (2007, ISBN 978-1-4165-4760-0)
What Would Kinky Do? How to Unscrew a Screwed Up World (2008, ISBN 978-0-312-33159-7)




**Information gathered from places such as Wikipedia and GoodReads.**

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