This Thursday at the HousingWorks Bookstore Café in SoHo, I’ll be discussing the life and legacy of Israel Kamakawiwo`ole with Dan Kois, who literally wrote the book on Facing Future.
The talk, which will also include live music by Jason Poole (ukulele) and Andy Wang (slack-key guitar), was recommended by New York magazine and the New York Times. But don’t take their word for it -- take mine. I know Kois to be a really good talker, and I have my own perspective on Kamakawiwo`ole’s music.
My essay “Rainbow Warrior: Israel Kamakawiwo`ole and Another Kind of Somewhere” is due to appear in the forthcoming EMP Pop Conference anthology Pop When the World Falls Apart: Music and Conflict. (You may have seen a version of the essay right here.) Thursday’s event is free; if you’re in the New York area and in need of some Aloha, you know where you ought to be.