NEWS: Behind the Scenes Video of Ahbez Documentary on YouTube and Vimeo

Follow the progress of the Eden Ahbez documentary, As the Wind, with this behind the scenes series. Part one of three is linked here: Vimeo link:

NEWS: Former Ahbez Dwelling Place in Venice Beach Recently Sold

A cottage for sale… http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-venice-craftsman-20141120-story.html Actually, according to the Los Angeles Times, this small Venice compound sold in late 2014 for $2.56 million. The article also claims that Eden Ahbez once lived there. Evidence for this claim is not forthcoming in the article and neither the current owners nor the author of the piece itself…

“Full Moon” Fever

Following the recent use of Eden Ahbez’s “Full Moon” in the FX series Fargo, there has been a wave of interest in the song and the album it originally came from: Eden’s Island. Of special interest for us here are the new covers of “Full Moon” on YouTube. The first I noticed was a straight poetry…

UPDATE: Another Ahbez-Penned 45 Recently Discovered

At this point, it is difficult to say when the well will run dry. Every month, it seems, I come across another Eden Ahbez record, lead-sheet, or reel-to-reel tape that nearly slipped through the cracks of time. “Song of the Stranger,” by Kuldip Singh, is the latest though doubtful the last. It was released as the…

INTERVIEW: They’re Playing Our Song (Craig Chereek Recounts His Friend Eden Ahbez)

I first spoke to Craig Chereek after he posted this short blog about Eden Ahbez in 2010: https://chereek.wordpress.com/2009/10/01/eden-ahbez-lives/ We’ve talked over the phone several times in the ensuing years and, this past winter, Craig agreed to let me interview him for the Ahbez biography I’m currently working on. (He calls him “ahbe” throughout.) The interview was…

UPDATE: More Info on Ahbez’s “Wild Boy” Single

For those that regularly follow the Eden’s Island Blog, you may have noticed that jazz saxman Mort Weiss recently commented on one of our blogs. Back in the day, Weiss went by the name Mort Wise, and, with his band the Wisemen, recorded one of Eden Ahbez’s tunes—”Wild Boy”—for Sierra Records in June 1959. A…

A New Generation Influenced by Ahbez’s Music

Has anyone else noticed a recent up-tick in interest for Eden Ahbez’s work? Fittingly, “Nature Boy” continues to generate any number of covers, from the David Bowie/Massive Attack version for the Moulin Rouge film soundtrack of 2001, to the new Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett cover of last fall, to acapella renditions performed by collegiate choirs at Yale…