Bunker Spreckels: Surfing's Divine Prince of Decadence

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Taschen Bunker Spreckels: Surfing's Divine Prince of Decadence


Bunker Spreckels was a privileged Los Angeles party boy who was heir to a multimillion–dollar fortune. Passionate about surfing, martial arts, guns, and women, he lived the life of an international jet-setter before succumbing to his excesses at the age of 27. Thirty years later, photographer Art Brewer and writer/photojournalist C. R. Stecyk III trace the rise and fall of Bunker Spreckels. Brewer was a close friend of Spreckels’s and his personal photographer throughout the last decade of his life. Stecyk’s extensive taped interviews with Spreckels, completed just three months before his death, provide a rare first-person perspective on all of the decadent craziness that was his life.

Imported, China.
By C.R. Stecyk III.
214 pages.
Imprint: Taschen.
ISBN: 978-3822853382

Width: 1.5in / 3.5cm
Height: 12in / 30.5cm
Length: 9.25in / 23.5cm


Benedikt Taschen founded his namesake publishing house in Cologne in 1980. Taschen books are renowned for their lavish presentation and their equal celebration of high and low culture. Taking on subjects as varied as modernist architecture, Golden Age comics, and William Blake has secured its status as one of the world’s foremost purveyors of art books. All Taschen books are impeccably designed, and are prized for their value to both the novice and the expert.

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