The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and the Southern California Experience

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Henry Holt, 1996 - Music - 418 pages
With a "scrupulous sense of cultural context" (San Francisco Chronicle), White offers an engrossing portrait of the Beach Boys and their times--"a totally cool look at the seminal California surfing band and the culture that produced it" (Digby Diehl, Playboy). of photos.

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Lots of interesting historcial facts and summaries of California form the thirties to the sixties. It tells the story of the Beach Boys and Brian in particular, with a good dose of jounalistic depth but often appears as an amalgam of earlier pieces he wrote from the 70's and 80's, (which were better written) and misses the what is fascinating both muscially and personally about each member of the band. Really only for fans and not a book you would often return to. 

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About the author (1996)

Timothy White is one of the most sought-after celebrity photographers in the country. His work has appeared in some of the most recognizable movie posters of our time, the covers of countless high-profile publications, and dozens of album covers for an extraordinary roster of musicians. He is the author of "Portraits" (2001), "Indian Larry" (2006), and "Hollywood Pinups" (2008). He lives in New York City.

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