The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band, on Stage and in the Studio
Beginning their career as a popular surf band, The Beach Boys had emerged by 1966 as America's preeminent pop group, the only act able to challenge the success of The Beatles with both mainstream listeners and the critical community. This book reconstructs their evolution to one of the best-produced groups of the '60s, and also profiles Brian Wilson, one of the most gifted songwriters, producers, and arrangers in popular music. The book's easy-to-browse, day-by-day format details their entire concert history, all known recording sessions, their broadcast history, and all records issued in the U.S. and the U.K.
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The section headed "In the Beginning" begins with the incredibly misinformative conflation of Hawthorne, California with Hawthorne, Florida. I couldn't continue after that.