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Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963 Paperback – Illustrated, June 8, 2015

4.7 out of 5 stars 38 ratings

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Editorial Reviews


“This meticulously researched and presented title gives readers a ‘boots-on-the-ground’ look at how the Beach Boys got its start and is the definitive book on the humble beginnings of the band...it’s almost as if those beautiful Beach Boys harmonies...intricately arranged, soaring, and pleasing to the listener...are invoked in the book’s layout...a must-read for Beach Boys fans and popular music historians...readers will love the depth of research...recommended”―Library Journal; “no definitive rock history collection or Beach Boys fan should be without this reference, which packs in statistics, black and white photos, and insights not available elsewhere”―Midwest Book Review; “recommended...engaging and entertaining”―Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal; “the most in-depth look...fascinating details about the creation of each song...an absolute must”―Examiner; “fascinating...the research is astonishing...Murphy provides far more detail about those three years than has ever been available before...exhaustive detail”―American Songwriter; “Murphy is a very good writer, and the book he always wanted to read was definitely worth writing. He lets no detail go un-checked...an important historical document through and through. A top ten best retro Popculture book of 2015.”―Psychobabble.

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James B. Murphy is a companion animal veterinarian in Washington, D.C. He lives in Bowie, Maryland.

Product details

  • Paperback : 436 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0786473657
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0786473656
  • Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
  • Product Dimensions : 7 x 0.87 x 10 inches
  • Publisher : McFarland & Company; Illustrated Edition (June 8, 2015)
  • Reading level : 18 and up
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 38 ratings