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In 2006, Richard S. Friedman — an entertainer who fronted the Texas Jewboys, a band known for such songs as “Asshole from El Paso” and “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore” — ran for governor of Texas on the independent ticket and carried over 12 percent of the vote. Friedman came in fourth in a field of six. “It’s a giant step down from musician to politician,” says the singer-songwriter-columnist-novelist better known as Kinky Friedman. “But I took it. I took it for Texas.”

On a phone call during a Washington stopover, Friedman pauses to light up one of his many cigars of the day. We talk during what is the second week of the BP oil spill, and talk turns to politics. “Leave it to America,” he says, “to elect a black president without any soul.” Friedman, known as the Mark Twain of Texas, is peeved at the White House. “The only thing I like about Obama is that he smokes. But enough of Obama. What I’m sayin’ is all these politicians, all these elected officials, should be limited to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.”

Friedman is touring the West Coast for the first time in 20 years. His band includes two of the original Jewboys. During his heyday as a musician, Friedman opened Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue. But when Austin City Limits filmed the outspoken Texan for broadcast, they shelved the tape, calling him too controversial for Middle America. After his music career slowed, Friedman became a magazine columnist, a novelist, and, in keeping with his legendary smoking habit, a cigar maker. He lists seven countries that he says out-smoke us but have a higher life expectancy than Americans. “Why? All we can conclude is that speaking English is killing us. Don’t give me that health bullshit.”

Mojo Nixon also performs.

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Kinky Friedman

  • Sunday, August 1, 2010, 8 p.m.
  • Belly Up, 143 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach
  • $20 - $22
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rangerjim July 28, 2010 @ 3:12 p.m.

''One man buys a nickel sack.The other buys a Cadillac.They both think,they will drive their cares away'' Don't miss Kinky,Little Jewford,and Ratso,at the Bellyup.It's only $20.00!. He hasn't performed here since 1992.That was at The long gone Bacchanal. Miss it, and you be a lesser person,than you were before

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Russ Lewis July 28, 2010 @ 3:17 p.m.

He's been at bookstores numerous times and has favored the crowd with a few songs at Esmeralda Books and Coffee, but you're right, he's always entertaining.

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David Dodd July 28, 2010 @ 3:41 p.m.

I had no idea this guy wrote. He's great!

http://www.texasmonthly.com/2010-08-01/friedman.php

Man, I learn something new every single day. Apparently he's written novels as well, they go on my buy list soon.

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MsGrant July 28, 2010 @ 3:56 p.m.

Refried, I picked up one of his books on my honeymoon, off the pooside book cart, and I laughed my ass off! It was called "Spanking Watson", and it made me laugh out loud so many times I think some people thought I was insane. Ever since then, I've been a big fan of his. If you can get your hands on that book, read it. He's written lots of others, but that first one was and still is my hands down favorite.

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David Dodd July 28, 2010 @ 4:32 p.m.

I think that "pooside" is actually a pretty good word, one that would apply to those magazine racks in some of the nices restrooms ;)

I will certainly take your advice, the guy is a gifted writer.

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Founder July 28, 2010 @ 5:16 p.m.

-- Kinky Kool --

MSG caught indisposed and tried to hide, just what she was doing when she was pooside...

I already know what those funny "books" are made of, you see, any kid can tell you, they must be recycled TP.

Thanks for the great info about Mister Kinky Friedman, anybody with that name and I'm already a fan!

I bet he is real good in front of both sex's, please remember too laugh and don't mess with Texas.

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Founder July 28, 2010 @ 5:58 p.m.

-- Kinky Book --

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RFG

Just how do you feel about such a deal?

Score one for yourself, I just did, Winky... Now who is your Daddy, Friedman, Kinky?

The used book price is dinky, here's the Seller with a linky*.

Only $3.98 and includes free shipping! That's just about almost free and there's no tipping!

Hope we don't get the chokes, laughing at all his jokes.

Bye Buy

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MsGrant July 28, 2010 @ 6:09 p.m.

<p>Betterworldbooks.com is my used book source. They stock everything and their books come in great condition. Plus they carry lots of out of print stuff. I LOVE buying used books. I used to spend way too much buying new, and now with the used book options it's like a reader's crack house.

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Jay Allen Sanford July 28, 2010 @ 6:18 p.m.

Opening act Mojo Nixon actually stumped for Friedman when he was running for political office - if memory serves, Mojo's briefly announced retirement from the music biz ended when he began performing again at Friedman fundraisers ---

I'm hoping they play together on "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Any More (they don't turn the other cheek, like they done before...)"

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Russ Lewis July 28, 2010 @ 7:03 p.m.

A few years ago, as part of Friedman's last visit to San Diego, he made a guest appearance on Mojo's radio show to promote his appearance in town that rainy night. The venue got switched from a well-known bookstore to a preschool in Rancho Bernardo that was hellish to find, and only about a dozen people did, but the author still put on an entertaining reading for those few.

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Founder July 28, 2010 @ 7:41 p.m.

regarding #12 He sounds like a real class act (no pun intended)!

Wonder if he would be interested in running for Office here in San Diego, and not because he likes to clown around either?

We could all use a few laughs for a change, especially here in the Big Sunny!

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