Tom Wolfe/ The kandy-kolored tangerine-flake streamline baby
The Fifth Beatle
John, Paul, George, Ringo and -Murray the K!- the Fifth Beatle! Does anybody out there really understand what it means that Murray the K. is the Fifth Beatle ? Does anybody comprehend what something like that took ? Does anybody comprehend what a victory it was to become George the Beatle’s roommate in the hotel in Miami and do things like tape record conversations with George during those magic bloomings of the soul just before a man goes to sleep and bring back to the kids the sound of a pure universe with nothing but George , Murray the K. and Fedders Miami air-conditioning in it ? No; practically nobody out there comprehends. Not even Murray the K.’s fellow disc jockey William B. Williams, of WNEW, who likes singers like Frank Sinatra, all that corny nostalgia of the New Jersey roadhouses, and says, ‘I like Murray, but if that’s what he has tondo to make a buck, he can have it.’
(Mayflower Books,1972, copyright Thomas Wolfe, Jr., 1965)
This book is a classic. All the fragmented life-styles of the past decade meet in one big total recall. Tom Wolfe’s Amerika is a nostalgic madhouse of customized cars and Putting Daddy On, and it’s all caught forever in these dazzling, fast-reading pages. (back cover)
Thomas Kennerly “Tom” Wolfe, Jr. (born March 2, 1931) is an American author and journalist, best known for his association with and influence over the New Journalism literary movement, in which literary techniques are used in objective even-handed journalism. He began his career as a regional newspaper reporter in the 1950s, but achieved national prominence in the 1960s following the publication of such best-selling books as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (a highly experimental account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters), and two collections of articles and essays, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers and The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby. His first novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, published in 1987, was met with critical acclaim, became a commercial success, and was adapted as a major motion picture (directed by Brian De Palma).