The Beach Boys

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Courage Books, 1985 - Rock groups - 208 pages
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At one time (the 1979 edition) this was the must have for all fans of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, written by a fan with some degree of objectivity and distance. But between the 1979 and this revised edition it became a book written by friend and fan of Brian Wilson, reducing the objectivity he could or would allow himself in the coda to the original -which thankfully he didn't amend. Later years saw him being closer to PR than journalism (always a fault of all music journalism. the blurring of PR and objective scrutiny of your subject). However, even if now superseded by works such as Peter Ames Carlin's "Catch a Wave", it still stands as a great compelling story up to that point - 1979. Leaf has suggested an update, but his closeness to the subject may make any future publication look more like hagiography than biography.4 stars for its historical importance, as the book on the Beach Boys for so many years. 


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