Bushwhacked at the Flora-Bama

A Character-laden History & Tales from the Last Great American Roadhouse… The Legendary Flora-Bama Lounge & Package Store; By Chris Warner with Joe Gilchrist

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It has been called one of the last great American honky-tonk roadhouses, the perfect blend of beer and whiskey, laid back and wild, where you wipe your feet on the way out, an otherwise tattered, white sandy blip on the teeming gulf coast radar that for more than three decades has served as a romantic, raunchy, roadside respite for good music, good times, good views and most importantly great people. According to its uniquely colorful originator and operator, Joe Gilchrist, the legendary Flora-Bama Oyster Bar & Package Store is many things to many people…a place where all walks of life bikers, judges, professional partiers, politicians, dignitaries, derelicts, diplomats and coquettish coeds converge to embrace a special brand of unmitigated pleasure. And that s the way it should be, according to the muse-like Gilchrist, who for the past 50 years has piously lived his often-repeated mantra: Life is meant to be enjoyed. Gilchrist’s simple formula for fun and frolic of bringing different people together in a beautiful spot to enjoy the universal language and tonic of music and laughter has made his tropical watering hole a global icon among expatriate dives. Playboy has called the loveable, makeshift hodgepodge of wood, rope and canvas America s Best Beach Bar, and during Mullet Toss Weekend in April, or the ever-bustling Fourth of July weekend, you ll be lucky to find elbow room, much less an idle bar tender. In this book Joe Gilchrist tells the amazing history of the Flora-Bama, its inauspicious start, its phoenix-like rise, and tragic, near-demise at the destructive hands of Hurricane Ivan in September 2004. Moreover, Gilchrist chronicles his quixotic run as a fun-loving and free-wheeling entrepreneur during what was undeniably a much simpler time, as well as his thoughts about the uncertain future of our great country and free market capitalism, in what is today an increasingly difficult small business climate. More than a spicy expose on cherished Southern comforts untold, this book is a lasting tribute to the magical, music-filled Mecca that has entertained millions, as well as a provocative, wisdom-filled analysis of integrity of our current class of American political leadership. This book will forever alter the way you view The Bama, Joe Gilchrist, and the United States of America.

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Weight 13.6 kg
Dimensions 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.7 cm

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about the author

Chris Warner

A native of New Iberia, Louisiana (1970), Chris Warner is a double graduate of LSU in Baton Rouge and of the University of New Orleans, where he earned a doctorate in 2002. He is the author of over twenty titles, including "A Tailgater's Guide to SEC Football Volume IV," which landed him on the History Channel documentary, "Tailgating" with Tom Arnold in 2004. He is the co-author of "The Wagon to Disaster" with Aaron Beam, former HealthSouth CFO. The title was featured on CNBC's American Greed in 2009. He is also the author of "Bushwhacked at the Flora-Bama" with Joe Gilchrist, and a related novel, "Saved at the Alabama-Florida Line." He lives with his family in L.A. (Lower Alabama). Chris is also a noted speaker, offering the favored keynote address, “The History of College Football in the South, the History of the SEC and the History of Tailgating” to various SEC alumni groups, Rotary, Kiwanis and football fan clubs.

Joe Gilchrist

A native of Troy, Alabama who was raised in Gulf Breeze and Pensacola, Florida, Joe Gilchrist is a 1965 graduate of Auburn University. After teaching high school in Georgia and California, Joe returned to Pensacola and started managing a popular bar and eatery. After another short spell he realized he didn't want to work for someone else in the bar business and began looking for an opportunity to purchase his own place. In 1978, at the age of 36, his dream came true. He purchased the "Flora-Bama Lounge and Package" from the Tampary family, and the rest is well, history. In 2012, Joe, with the help of author Chris Warner, published "Bushwhacked at the Flora-Bama" a tome chronicling his life as a fun-loving entrepreneur at one of the nation's coolest hot spots. Joe's philosophy of life is as simple as it is heartfelt. "The principle business of life is to enjoy it! The sad thing is most of us never do until it's too late."