The Beach Boys FAQ

All That's Left to Know About America's Band

Author: Jon Stebbins

Publisher: Backbeat Books

ISBN: 1458429148

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 4405

(Book). A half-century after their first single release, "Surfin'," the Beach Boys continue to define California popular culture and the sunshine-infused sound that will forever be its living soundtrack. But beyond innocent harmonies touting the delights of catching waves and cruising to the drive-in, the Beach Boys are responsible for some of the most sophisticated pop/rock music ever made. Brian Wilson's acclaimed production, the 1966 LP Pet Sounds , was both a creative triumph that inspired The Beatles' best work, and a commercial disappointment that was widely misunderstood by the band's U.S. fans. The Beach Boys followed that with perhaps the greatest three-minute rock single ever, "Good Vibrations," which wowed the critics, was a worldwide number one hit, and ushered Brian Wilson down the path of substance abuse and mental illness. Brian then leapt into the abstract madness of Smile , his epic psychedelic masterpiece that was ultimately scrapped in a 1967 sea of paranoia that nearly drowned the Beach Boys as an act. As the 1970s dawned, the endless summer of nostalgia designated the Beach Boys as its favorite sons. They recorded a critically lauded string of albums even while coping with the knowledge that their creative leader, Brian Wilson, had become a semipermanent recluse and a casualty of his own excess. Still, the Beach Boys continued through controversy, conflict, and death, rising again and again to find more popularity and more commercial peaks into the 1980s and beyond. As the new millennium unfolds, the Beach Boys are still here and continue to be a popular concert attraction and one of rock's most compelling and important stories. In The Beach Boys FAQ , Jon Stebbins explains how the band impacted music and pop culture. This entertaining, fast-moving tome is accompanied by dozens of rare images, making this volume a must-have for fans.

Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys

The Songs That Tell Their Story

Author: Mark Dillon

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1770901981

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 8267

Reflecting on the Beach Boys’ long, fascinating history, this book tells the story behind 50 of the band’s greatest songs from the perspective of group members, collaborators, fellow musicians, and notable fans. It is filled with new interviews with music legends such as Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, Blondie Chaplin, Randy Bachman, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, Lyle Lovett, Alice Cooper, and Al Kooper, and commentary from a younger generation such as Matthew Sweet, Carnie Wilson, Daniel Lanois, Cameron Crowe, and Zooey Deschanel. Even hardcore fans will be delighted by the breadth of this musical-history volume. Plans for celebrating the golden anniversary of “America’s band” include the long-awaited release of 1967’s Smile—the most famous aborted album in rock history—and concerts reuniting the group’s three main surviving members. The band’s music is as influential as it was 50 years ago, and this retelling of how the iconic rock group found itself in the annals of pop culture couldn’t come at a better time.

Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963

Author: James B. Murphy

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786473657

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 436

View: 5084

Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963, examines the iconic band's origin story: how five teenagers with no musical training formed a band, wrote a song about the surfing craze gripping the West Coast, recorded it with the help of several key individuals, and scored a #3 hit in Los Angeles. They dodged being called the Pendletones, a musical homage to the Pendleton wool shirts favored on chilly nights at the beach, or the Surfers, when fate intervened and gifted them the name Beach Boys. But what separated them from every other high school garage band? Raw talent, persistence, and a wellspring of creativity launched them on a musical journey now in its sixth decade. Helmed by the musical vision of Brian Wilson, one of the twentieth century's most gifted composers, the Beach Boys blended ethereal vocal harmonies, searing electric guitars, and lush arrangements into an unparalleled musical legacy. Drawn from original interviews and newly uncovered documents, the book untangles many of the myths of the band's convoluted early history. It is the true story of how five teenage boys formed America's greatest rock 'n' roll band and the obstacles they overcame on the way to becoming the Beach Boys.

Back to the Beach

A Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys Reader

Author: Kingsley Abbott

Publisher: Helter Skelter Limited

ISBN: 9781900924467

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 2878

Welcome return of the highly acclaimed Beach Boys compendium.

Elvis Music FAQ

All That's Left to Know About the King's Recorded Works

Author: Mike Eder

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1617135801

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 9171

(FAQ). Why is Elvis Presley's body of recorded work still so relevant nearly 60 years after he began recording? Elvis Music FAQ is for anyone who has been inspired by an Elvis Presley record. Following in the tradition of the FAQ series, in Elvis Music FAQ , a lot of rare information is woven together in one concise, entertaining package. There are chapters about every year of Elvis's career, including a look at his pioneering original record label Sun; insight on his management; the continued importance of television in his career; a summation of each Presley concert tour; the inside scoop about the role Elvis's band members and songwriters played in his sound; stories about the amusing musical oddities created by those trying to ride on the Elvis success train; details about the contentious role drugs played in his career; and, finally, a full review of every record the King ever issued. One might say that the only truths about Elvis Presley can be found in the grooves of his records, where his natural talent and passion for music comes through always. Elvis Music FAQ aims to be the one essential companion that explains the reason why the voice heard over the speakers still carries such resonance. Dozens of rare images accompany this engaging text.

Dumb Angel

The Life and Music of Dennis Wilson

Author: Adam Webb

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781840680515

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 189

View: 7684

Dennis Wilson, Beach Boys drummer, 60's pin-up, surfer, hedonist, and tragic victim of a premature death stood in stark contrast to the clean image of all American boy as portrayed by the group. Yet it is his soulful, fractured voice and music that remains the focal point of this in-depth study, and ultimately the man's true legacy.

The Beach Boys in Concert

The Ultimate History of America's Band on Tour and Onstage

Author: Ian Rusten,Jon Stebbins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781617134562

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 407

View: 2734

Chronicles the concerts, successes, tragedies, dramas, and adventures of the legendary American band, collecting rare photographs and never-before-seen memorabilia images.

The lost Beach Boy

Author: Jon Stebbins,David Marks

Publisher: Virgin Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 9966

A biography of David Marks, who as a neighbor of the Wilson brothers was an original member of the Beach Boys, before leaving the band after their fourth album, discusses his relationships with the other band members and his later career.

The Nearest Faraway Place

Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and the Southern California Experience

Author: Timothy White

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780330349734

Category: California, Southern

Page: 406

View: 1382

Fab Four FAQ

Everything Left to Know About the Beatles ... and More!

Author: Stuart Shea,Robert Rodriguez

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1458462595

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 526

View: 6350

(Book). 50 years after their appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," the Beatles continue to captivate music fans of all ages. There's something always more to discuss about the Fab Four. What were their greatest live performances? Their worst moments? Stories still unknown by most music fans, trends still unseen, history still uninterpreted are all revealed in Fab Four FAQ . Pop culture authors Stuart Shea and Rob Rodriguez provide must-know fan trivia and offer obscure Beatles facts and stories in an easy-to-read, provocative format that will start as many arguments as will end them. With more than sixty chapters of stories, history, observation, and opinion, Fab Four FAQ lays bare the whys and wherefores that made the Beatles so great, giving credit where credit is due and maybe bursting some bubbles along the way.

Heroes And Villains

The True Story Of The Beach Boys

Author: Steven Gaines

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0306806479

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 374

View: 3026

Through candid interviews with close friends, family, and the Beach Boys themselves, this biography portrays and evaluates all those who propelled the California myth, and the group who sang about it, into world-wide prominence. With dozens of photos, this book recounts the bitter saga of the American dream realized and distorted, and the music that survived. 66 photos.

Dennis Wilson

The Real Beach Boy

Author: Jon Stebbins

Publisher: E C W Press

ISBN: 9781550224047

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 243

View: 8155

This first full biography of the founding member of The Beach Boys. Sun drenched surfer on the beaches of California, with an insatiable sexual appetite and daredevil approach to life, Dennis was the wild and reckless brother who fired Brian Wilson's imagination and helped spark a cultural tidal wave in the form of The Beach Boys. His life was a short, brilliant, intoxicating ride ending in addiction, despair, and finally self-destruction at age 39.

Wouldn't It Be Nice

Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds

Author: Charles L. Granata,Tony Asher

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613738404

Category: Music

Page: 272

View: 3339

When he first started working on Pet Sounds, Brian Wilson said that he was going to write "the greatest rock album ever made." That album, released in 1966, fifty years ago, changed the face of popular music.From conception and composition to arrangement and production, Pet Sounds was the work of one extraordinary man. Turning his back on the protest songs and folk rock of his contemporaries and even on the bright surf sound of his own creation, Brian Wilson reached deep within himself to make music that struck an emotional chord and touched people's souls. Embracing the rapidly advancing recording technology of the time, he expertly created an original studio sound that would inspire generations of listeners and musicians.Featuring a detailed track-by-track analysis of the songs and extensive interviews with key personalities, this unique book reveals the influences--musical, personal, and professional--that together created this groundbreaking album. Now revised to include new information and recent developments, this is the definitive book on one of the greatest albums ever made.

The Beach Boys

America's Band

Author: Johnny Morgan

Publisher: Sterling

ISBN: 9781454917090

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 5434

The Beach Boys pioneered the wildly popular "Surf Sound," selling more records than any other American band. And 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of their groundbreaking and hugely influential album Pet Sounds and its follow-up single, "Good Vibrations." This book offers the first fully illustrated, in-depth examination of the group's story, with a special emphasis on the creation of those two masterpieces and what came after. More than 150 images include classic and rarely published photographs, album artwork, and archive memorabilia. By examining the writing, recording, and performance of the band's entire catalogue, mostly created by Brian Wilson, the book presents a unique look at the times, trials, and tribulations that went into making the Beach Boys, both before and after their 1966 triumphs.

Good Vibrations

Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys in Critical Perspective

Author: Philip Lambert

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472119958

Category: Music

Page: 302

View: 8471

Good Vibrations brings together scholars with a variety of expertise, from music to cultural studies to literature, to assess the full extent of the contributions to popular culture and popular music of one the most successful and influential pop bands of the twentieth century. The book covers the full fifty-year history of the Beach Boys’ music, from essays on some of the group’s best-known music—such as their hit single “Good Vibrations” —to their mythical unfinished masterpiece, Smile. Throughout, the book places special focus on the individual whose creative vision brought the whole enterprise to life, Brian Wilson, advancing our understanding of his gifts as a songwriter, arranger, and producer. The book joins a growing body of literature on the popular music of the 1960s, in general, and on Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys in particular. But Good Vibrations extends the investigation further and deeper than it has gone before, not only offering new understanding and insights into individual songs and albums, but also providing close examination of compositional techniques and reflections on the group’s place in American popular culture.

Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys

The Songs That Tell Their Story

Author: Mark Dillon

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1770901981

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 7683

Reflecting on the Beach Boys’ long, fascinating history, this book tells the story behind 50 of the band’s greatest songs from the perspective of group members, collaborators, fellow musicians, and notable fans. It is filled with new interviews with music legends such as Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, Blondie Chaplin, Randy Bachman, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, Lyle Lovett, Alice Cooper, and Al Kooper, and commentary from a younger generation such as Matthew Sweet, Carnie Wilson, Daniel Lanois, Cameron Crowe, and Zooey Deschanel. Even hardcore fans will be delighted by the breadth of this musical-history volume. Plans for celebrating the golden anniversary of “America’s band” include the long-awaited release of 1967’s Smile—the most famous aborted album in rock history—and concerts reuniting the group’s three main surviving members. The band’s music is as influential as it was 50 years ago, and this retelling of how the iconic rock group found itself in the annals of pop culture couldn’t come at a better time.

Everybody Had an Ocean

Music and Mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles

Author: William McKeen

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613734948

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 9572

Los Angeles in the 1960s gave the world some of the greatest music in rock 'n' roll history: "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas, "Mr. Tambourine Man" by the Byrds, and "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys, a song that magnificently summarized the joy and beauty of the era in three-and-a-half minutes. But there was a dark flip side to the fun fun fun of the music, a nexus between naïve young musicians and the fringe elements that exploited the decade's peace-love-and-flowers ethos, all fueled by sex, drugs, and overnight success. One surf music superstar unwittingly subsidized the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. The transplanted Texas singer Bobby Fuller might have been murdered by the Mob in what is still an unsolved case. And after hearing Charlie Manson sing, Neil Young recommended him to the president of Warner Bros. Records. Manson's ultimate rejection by the music industry likely led to the infamous murders that shocked a nation. Everybody Had an Ocean chronicles the migration of the rock 'n' roll business to Southern California and how the artists flourished there. The cast of characters is astonishing—Brian and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, eccentric producer Phil Spector, Cass Elliot, Sam Cooke, Ike and Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, and scores of others—and their stories form a modern epic of the battles between innocence and cynicism and joy and terror. You'll never hear that beautiful music in quite the same way.

Miss Rumphius

Author: Barbara Cooney

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0140505393

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 4600

Seeking adventure in faraway places, Miss Rumphius fulfills her dream and then sets out to make the world more beautiful.

Whale Music

Author: Paul Quarrington

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0307364100

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 3459

Des Howell is a former rock 'n' roll star who never leaves his secluded oceanfront mansion. Naked, rich and fabulously deranged, he subsists on a steady diet of whiskey, pharmaceuticals and jelly doughnuts and occasionally works on his masterpiece, "Whale Music." One day, upon awakening from his usual drunken stupor, Des discovers on his sofa a young alien from the faraway universe of Toronto. This girl has made the trek to Des' hideaway because she believes in the "Whale Music" and she's crazy enough to think that Des can make a comeback hit with his mad magnum opus-- From the Trade Paperback edition.