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Back to the beach : a Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys reader
Abbott, Kingsley, editor.
First edition.
Publication Information:
London : Helter Skelter, [1999]

Physical Description:
254 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Foreword by Brian Wilson.
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ML421.B38 B33 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys Reader The first ever Beach Boys compendium, collecting all of the best articles, interviews and reviews from their four decades of music, plus newly commissioned and previously unpublished pieces. The Beach Boys album PET SOUNDS and single GOOD VIBRATIONS both came top of a MOJO poll of the greatest records of all time, and their standing has never been higher.

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Booklist Review

Longtime Beach Boys fan Abbott collects more than two dozen of the best articles written on the group during the past three decades. Although the band is best known for its early '60s paeans to surfing and hot rods, that period gets scant coverage. Most contributions focus instead on the later '60s, when, under the direction of Brian Wilson, the group recorded the critically acclaimed Pet Sounds and the legendary, incompletely released Smile. Soon thereafter, Brian succumbed to drugs and mental problems, but the band continued to record, erratically, during a continuing denouement that is also covered here. Recently, Brian has had something of a creative resurgence, launching a solo career that is documented in the book's final selections. So there isn't much here for those who view the Beach Boys solely as an oldies band extolling the Southern California lifestyle. Fans who share Paul McCartney's assessment--he said Pet Sounds inspired the Beatles to record Sgt. Pepper--should, however, be enthralled. --Gordon Flagg