Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film, and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Boom

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Santa Monica Press, 2008 - Art - 271 pages
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From original beachcomber personalities like the Waikiki Beachboys to the rise of Venice Beach as a creative center for music, art, and film, "Pop Surf Culture" traces the roots of the surf boom and explores its connection to the Beat Generation and 1960s pop culture. Through accounts of key figures both obscure and popular, the book illustrates why surf culture is a vital art movement of the 20th century.
"Pop Surf Culture" includes essays about the popular "beach" movies of the 1950s and '60s, which featured such stars as Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon and the music of Dick Dale & His Del-Tones, Brian Wilson, the Pyramids, Gary Usher, James Brown, and Little Stevie Wonder.
Sixties art figures Michael Dormer and Rick Griffin--as well as the surf magazines which promoted their art--are featured alongside the progenitors of "surf music," from the little known (the Centurians) to the wildly popular (the Beach Boys). Duke Kahanamoku, the Gas House, Gidget, surfing on television, the bohemian surf aesthetic, surf music hot spots, Mickey "Da Cat" Dora . . . the entire spectrum of pop surf culture is covered within these colorfully illustrated pages.

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Brian Chidester is the editor of The Dumb Angel Gazette and has produced documentaries with Showtime, BBC, the Trio Channel, and the Carl Wilson Foundation. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Beat Generation in Los Angeles (Arcadia Publishing). He lives in Los Angeles, California. Domenic Priore is a contributor to Billboard magazine and Pulse! and a producer at BBC, Paramount, and PBS. He is the author of Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood and "Smile": The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece. He lives in Los Angeles. Kathy Zuckerman is the real life inspiration for the fictional character of Franzie "Gidget" Lawrence from the 1957 novel, Gidget: the LITTLE girl with BIG ideas, written by her father Frederick Kohner. She was named No. 7 in Surfer Magazine's 25 Most Influential People in Surfing. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California. Billy Al Bengston is an American artist and sculptor who lives and works in Venice, California. His work is found in many public and private collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), LACMA, MOCA (Los Angeles), MOMA (New York), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), The Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York). Less famously, he is/was the original "Moondoggie."

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