California crazy and beyond : roadside vernacular architecture / Jim Heimann.

by Heimann, Jim, 1948-Looking glass.

Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle, 2001.Edition: [New edition].Description: 180 pages : illustrations ; 26cm.ISBN: 0811830187.Subject(s): Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California | Roadside architecture -- California | Vernacular architecture -- CaliforniaNote: Previous ed.: published as California crazy. 1980.
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In 1980, Los Angeles historian Jim Heimann wrote a book about the oddball roadside architecture that has dotted the American landscape since the advent of the auto. Published by Chronicle Books as California Crazy, it stayed in print for nearly 20 years. Finally, here is the greatly expanded new edition of that sought-after classic. California Crazy and Beyond is packed with madcap restaurants, motels, service stations, and many other businesses shaped like hot dogs, animals, airplanes, pianos, and other architectural anomalies. Over the years, Heimann's continued research has uncovered a multitude of new pictures and forgotten buildings. With over 380 photographs and an illuminating text that tracks the subject well beyond the bounds of the West Coast, California Crazy and Beyond is an authoritative document of a style born in America and spread to all corners of the world.

Previous ed.: published as California crazy. 1980.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. 4)
  • Introduction (p. 6)
  • Chapter 1 California Crazy (p. 19)
  • Chapter 2 Out-of-State Oddities (p. 113)
  • Chapter 3 Signs, Cars, and Giants (p. 161)
  • Chapter 4 Current Condition (p. 169)
  • Legacy (p. 175)
  • Index (p. 176)
  • Gebhard's Notes (p. 178)
  • Photo Credits (p. 178)
  • Bibliography (p. 179)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 180)

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Publishers Weekly Review

A hot-dog joint shaped like a puppy, an antique store replicating a Japanese temple, Van de Kamp's windmill-shaped bakeries, houses resembling beached boats these are just a few of the architectural curiosities featured in Jim Heimann's California Crazy & Beyond: Roadside Vernacular Architecture, an expanded edition, including 386 color and b&w illustrations, of his California Crazy of nearly 20 years ago. SoCal pop culture devotee Heimann (Sins of the City, May I Take Your Order?), a graphic designer and historian, has tracked down more examples of the "California Crazy concept" from all over the country. He maintains, however, that it originated and still exists mainly in Southern California. ( June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Author notes provided by Syndetics

In addition to a career as a graphic designer and illustrator, Jim Heimann is a teacher and author. His graphic design works have been exhibited in several California galleries as well as at a number of shows in Germany and Japan. Heimann's design clients include CBS Records, Columbia Pictures, The Screen Actors Guild, and the National Football League.

Heimann's written works include such books as California Crazy!, Hooray For Hollywood, Out With The Stars, Close Cover Before Striking, and Car Hops and Curb Service. He has also written on popular culture and regional history and architecture for many publications, among them the Los Angeles Times and Rolling Stone magazine.

Heimann graduated from California State College in Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is a native of Los Angeles.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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