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The moniker KINKAZZO?

Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman: a Texan Jewboy


The moniker KINKAZZO is my homage to Kinky Friedman, folksinger and eccentric author: it combines English and Italian in a kinky way, where the first part is directly derived from Friedman’s nickname (received during his freshman year for his curly hair, I believe, and not is sexual habits...uhm...) and the second part -azzo, if pronounced with the whole, gives an exciting Italian flavour to the sound – oh, yeah, believe you me! (but don't say it out loud while in Italy)

A bit like saying “KINKDICK” or, better, “KINKOCK” -- yessiree: Kinkock! I like that, it sounds fine too! Hey, I think I’ll adopt it as an alternative...

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Kinkazzo: an Italo-French-Aussie Jewman

The Kinkster





Born in Chicago to Jewish parents, Dr. S. Thomas Friedman and Minnie Samet Friedman, Richard S. "Kinky" Friedman moved with his family to a ranch in central Texas during his childhood. He had a keen interest in both music and chess at an early age. Friedman was chosen when he was 7 to be one of 50 local chess players to challenge U.S. grand master Samuel Reshevsky to simultaneous matches in Houston. While Reshevsky won all 50 matches, Kinky was by far the youngest competitor. Kinky graduated from Austin High School in Austin, Texas in 1962 and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology while participating in the Plan II Honors program. He is also a member of the Tau Delta Phi fraternity. It was during his freshman year at the university that Chinga Chavin gave Friedman the nickname "Kinky," in reference to Friedman's curly hair. Kinky then served two years with the Peace Corps on the island of Borneo in Malaysia with John Gross. He has been featured in the news including 60 Minutes on CBS and made an appearance as one of Jay Leno's guests. Kinky lives at Echo Hill Ranch, his family's summer camp near Kerrville, Texas. He also founded Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, the mission of which is to care for stray, abused and aging animals; more than 1,000 dogs have been saved from animal euthanasia.

Music career:
Kinky Friedman formed his first band, King Arthur & the Carrots while a student at the University of Texas. The band - which poked fun at surf music - recorded only one single in 1966 (Schwinn 24/Beach Party Boo Boo). By 1971 Friedman had formed his second band, Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys. In keeping with the band's satirical nature, each member had a comical name: in addition to Kinky there was Little Jewford, Big Nig, Panama Red, Rainbow Colours and Snakebite Jacobs. Friedman's father objected to the name of the band, calling it a "negative, hostile, peculiar thing", which gave Kinky even more reason to choose the name. Arriving on the wave of country rock following on from Gram Parsons, The Band, and the Eagles, Friedman originally found cult fame as a country and western singer. His break came in 1973 thanks to Commander Cody, who contacted Vanguard Music on his behalf. His repertoire mixed social commentary ("We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To You") and maudlin ballads ("Western Union Wire") with raucous humor (such as "Get Your Biscuits In The Oven and Your Buns In Bed"). His "Ride' em Jewboy" was an extended tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.He ma de a race baiting song, "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore," a song in which Kinky verbally and physically beats up a drunken white person he deems "racist" who fictitiously berates African Americans, Jews, Greeks, and Sigma Nus in a bar. Other Friedman tunes include "The Ballad of Charles Whitman," in which Friedman lampooned Whitman's sniper attack from the University of Texas tower on August 1, 1966. His cover of Chinga Chavin's "Asshole from El Paso", a parody of Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee" is, perhaps, his most famous song. In the spring of 1976 he joined Bob Dylan on the second leg of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Friedman was a musical guest on Saturday Night Live in October 1976. It has been reported by Mr. Friedman himself that he is the only artist known to have taped an unaired episode of Austin City Limits. He has also claimed to have been the first full-blooded Jew to take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry. In February, 2007 Sustain Records released a compilation of the songs of Kinky Friedman sung by other artists called Why the Hell not... The compilation includes contributions by Dwight Yoakum, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, and Kelly Willis. On July 20, 2007 Kinky Friedman hosted the "Concert to Save Town Lake" to honor the memory of Lady Bird Johnson and her efforts to protect and preserve the shores of Town Lake in Austin, Texas.

Writing career:
After his music career stalled in the 1980s, Kinky found a new lease on life as a detective novelist. His books have similarities to his music, featuring a fictionalized version of himself solving crimes in New York City and dispensing jokes, wisdom, Texan 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 only one novel that did not star the Kinky Friedman character, Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned. Friedman has also written a regular column for the magazine Texas Monthly since April 2001, although it has been suspended during his run for governor of Texas; his last essay appeared in the March 2005 issue. 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. 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 Rombom, who acts as a technical advisor for the real Friedman. [edited from Wikipedia]

Standing tall and taking the piss

wikiquotes etc.Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to Kinky Friedman

and then, look at these...

• Kinky Friedman's official website and official MySpace page
• Kinky Friedman's blog ""
• Kinky Friedman's authorised oral biography
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer stories about Friedman
• Biography at Kinkajou Records
• Profile of Friedman's political campaign in the August 22, 2005 New Yorker
• Kinky Friedman interviewed for Texas Monthly Talks
• Kinky's Run For Governor Of Texas (Article; Video) 60 Minutes, January 22, 2006
• Kinky Friedman at the Internet Movie Database
• Kinky Friedman podcast interview - Texas music...
Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch
Being There Interview November/December 2005
• Kinky interviewed on Bookslut December 2005
• Kinky interviewed by April 2004
• Kinky on Google

The many faces of KINKAZZO

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