“BALI HEAVEN AND HELL: Bloodshed, chaos, corruption, free love, great surf and high times under the banyan trees”

jarratt book

Your blog correspondent attended the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival launch of Phil Jarratt’s new book, the event well-attended and well-lubricated.

The book focuses on the expatriate invasions of Bali, from the 16th century to the present times, including the prominent role played by the first modern era surfers in the halcyon & hash days of the 1970s.

The book is a treasure trove of anecdotes, memories, how it was and how it really happened. The discovery of G-Land, for example. As long-time expat Abdul says, there are several accounts of how G-land was discovered, but “I’ll tell you what really happened,” and he does, because he was right there as an eyewitness participant during the happening.

As Troppo Pierre states in a reader’s comment to this blog: “It’s an excellent read. Thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has ever fallen under the magic spell of Bali. Enlightening historical research and modern interviews with expats who have made Bali their home.”

Agreed.

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3 Responses to “BALI HEAVEN AND HELL: Bloodshed, chaos, corruption, free love, great surf and high times under the banyan trees”

  1. Doddsy says:

    Hmmmm…..You should have wrote that book Dick. Maybe a sequel in a few years?
    Have been away a lot, but still looking for those photos of Eka’s….(They are there somewhere!)

  2. sil says:

    The OM BALI PRO AM [ In conjunction with Bali Surfing Club ] was in 1979.
    Conceptualised by Robert Wilson & Steve Palmer [ OM Clothing ] supported by Bobby Radiasa
    [ President of Bali Surfing Club ] with Fly taking a front row seat for the show.

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