Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys

  • by Mark Dillon
  • Narrated by Mark Dillon
  • 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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" included 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 now 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.

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Only for the true fan

Love the Beach Boys and like the author spent many years listening to snippets of Smile. I liked this book and as I was listening, stopped to hear the tracks as I went along. There are some very good stories here and a lot of things I didn't know about.

However it's really only for the fan and you'll be disappointed if you purchase this expecting anything other than the stories behind 50 songs.
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- ryan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios