Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys: The Songs That Tell Their Story (Google eBook)

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ECW Press, Jan 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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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.

  

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Review: Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys: The Songs That Tell Their Story

User Review  - Mark Chadwick - Goodreads

I tend to read pretty much anything I can get on the Beach Boys and Beatles. I didn't have high hopes for this volume when I picked it up in the Barnes and Noble, and I ended up downloading it from ... Read full review

Review: Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys: The Songs That Tell Their Story

User Review  - Jamie Hill - Goodreads

Awesome look into 50 great Beach Boy songs Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Mark Dillon is a freelance journalist and writer. He is the former editor of Playback, the business publication of the Canadian film and television industries. His articles have also appeared in American Cinematographer, Globe and Mail, Hollywood Reporter, and Maclean’s. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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