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December 15, 2011

Sailing closer to the truth: An interview with Kinky Friedman

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 8:49 am
Multi-talented raconteur Kinky Friedman turns again to music after entertaining forays into writing and politics. By Kyle Mullin for Albuquerque’s Local IQ, Dec. 8 2011
It was under the scalding Southeast Asian sun that Kinky Friedman became a true redneck.
He was there on a Peace Corps stint from 1966 to 1968. It was the first of many odd jobs for the now 67-year-old novelist, animal rights activist, politician and singer, who will showcase the latter talent on Dec. 10 at Sol Santa Fe. As an enlisted man, he traveled to the island of Borneo in the South China Sea. While there he worked for 11 cents an hour with the Dayak aboriginals.
“I was supposed to be an agricultural extension worker,” Friedman says in an interview with Local iQ. “My job was to teach these people who’d been farming successfully for over 2,000 years how to improve their methods. It was daunting; I learned a lot more than they did.”
Those locals would invite Friedman onto their flimsy rafts to drift along the glassy rivers, the jungle steaming with humidity behind them, schools of yellowfin tuna and barracuda sloshing rhythmically just within earshot.
“Their idea of fishing translates to visiting the fish, because they (the aboriginals) get drunk on this jungle wine and make a lot of noise, so they rarely catch anything,” Friedman chuckled at the memory, before adding that the Far East setting soon made the United States seem exotic. “It’s a real healthy thing to look at America from thousands of miles across the sea. That’s when I started writing country music.”
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KINKY FRIEDMAN

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