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The Beach Boys and the California Myth Hardcover – 1978


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; First Edition edition (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448146258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448146256
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,125,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Tonkin on June 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm in the midst of a year of Beach Boys studies, and reading this alongside the three other bios (Wouldn't It Be Nice, Heroes and Villains, The Nearest Faraway Place). Again and again, this is the one that has me shaking my head in amazement.
The young David Leaf truly loved the band and interviewed them (and surrounding people) extensively to build this book. (His relationship with the band was such that he inspired Dennis Wilson to breach of his own accord the otherwise taboo subject of Charles Manson.) But his affection for the group does not dim the intensity of his scrutiny, for many painful facts and opinions are offered here, too.
Even after 24 years, this is still the book that is at once most accurate and most fresh.
Insanely, it's been out of print since its 1985 reissue, and not even Leaf himself can get reasonably-priced copies. He is said to be preparing an updated edition, but no other word is available on this.
If you see it priced for $[money] or less, and you can afford it, do yourself a favor - its worth is equal to all other Beach Boys books combined. Alternately, you may find as I did that your local (or non-local) public library has a copy you can peruse, and perhaps photocopy a page or two (or 208) for reference.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "squishy66" on January 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
...for the real facts. This book was one of the first Beach Boys bios to be published. Leaf is a fanatical Beach Boys expert, friend of the band to this day, and a frequent consultant on BB-related projects. His writing is not critical, but it is factual, and he tells the story well, illustrated with hundreds of vintage photos (reproduced from magazines, for the most part, so the quality is as dubious as the obscurity of the material is welcome). It is almost exclusively devoted to Brian. This is out of print, but due to be reprinted (hopefully in a radical update) soon.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "drkip" on July 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was one of those fortunate people that purchased this book when it was in print. There are two editions, the original and an updated one. Get the updated one if you can find it. (there is not that much of a time frame between the two, but it is an important time in the history of America's Band). And no sorry I am NOT willing to part with my copy. David Leaf is today still close to Brian Wilson, I have seen him at many of Brians recent concerts I can only hope that a revised edition or a new book is on the offering. David also wrote most of the liners notes for recent Beach Boys re-issues from Capitol records with one huge exception, the Pet Sounds Box set. He did the original booklet notes but if you know the Beach Boys then you know who blocked it and demanded a re-write by someone else. Dont "screw" with the formula indeed.
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