Heroes and Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys

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New American Library, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 374 pages
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.

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User Review  - zmagic69 - LibraryThing

Wow. The all American band and their entire dirty laundry! It is amazing that any of them are still around. The book is from 1985 but it is a wonderful story of excess. I am also convinced there is a ... Read full review

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User Review  - brendaough - LibraryThing

I grew up listening to the Beach Boys; their music always represented fun and sun to me. Unfortunately, the "true story" is much bleaker. This biography centers around the Wilson boys, their drug ... Read full review


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Steven Gaines is known for writing about one of America's pastimes: celebrities and pop culture icons. His works include The Love You Make (about the Beatles), Heroes and Villains (about the Beach Boys), Obsession: The Life and Times of Calvin Klein, and Philistines in the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons.

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