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Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy Hardcover – September 13, 2016
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“More than a half-century’s worth of inside information about the Beach Boys.” —The New York Times
“[Good Vibrations] is rich with Beach Boys info . . . some meaty insights, new stories even the most diehard Beach Boys fan has never heard, and Love’s own take on much-told tales . . . a crucial addition to the library shelf.”—Bob Ruggerio, Houston Press
“Riveting...fascinating...how the music transcended the story and spread California sunshine around the globe.... Love is able to articulate the depth of his feelings for the music in a way that will send fans back to their stereos to crank up ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.’ and ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ and ‘The Warmth of the Sun’ whether they have an ocean handy or not.” —Sarah Rodman, Los Angeles Times
“If it’s the jumbo popcorn bag of Beach Boys lore you saltily crave, then Love’s Good Vibrations should hold you the length of the circus. In the battle of the Beach Boys memoirs, it’s the better read: lively, informative, thumbtacked with crazy specifics... It’s all here and then some.” —James Wolcott, Vanity Fair
“Love transfixes readers with his stories of the rise and fall of the band, his own work as a songwriter, and his deep engagement with spirituality and the ways that it has influenced his music.... [a] sobering look at the ups and downs of a rock and roll band...ends on a note of hope that music can provide harmony in word and spirit for a struggling world.” —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Mike Love is a founding member of the Beach Boys, who began in 1961 and stand as the most popular American group in history, with thirteen Gold albums, fifty-five Top 100 singles, and four No. 1 hits. Love continues as the Beach Boys’ lead singer and is the lyricist of their biggest hits. He has received an Ella Award for his songwriting, and, as part of the Beach Boys, he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the Vocal Group Hall of Fame; and has received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
James S. Hirsch is a journalist and New York Times bestselling author whose books include biographies of Willie Mays and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and examinations of military issues, the health care system, and global philanthropy. Hirsch won the Christopher Award for Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?
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That said, the book was surprisingly good...Yes, it had somewhat of a revisionist history, trying to make sure he doesn't come off as a villain, but he was also surprisingly honest about things I thought he might not even mention in the book. Surprisingly self-deprecating at times. At least more than I would've expected from the guy who gave that R & R Hall of fame speech.
As a Beach Boy Fan, i couldn't put it down. Was great to hear his perspective on different Beach Boys lore, how he saw things...I wonder how much he wrote and how much James Hirsch just filled in, I would be curious to know that. But overall, as far as readability, I read it all in one sitting and was sad when it was over. (Note: I've read about 3 or 4 Beach Boys books in the last few years, another one that is worth reading [if tabloidy] is "Heroes And Villans" by Steve Gaines. I would put that and this one as the 2 most compelling/fascinating Beach Boys reads...Will be interesting to see how Brian's book is).
I don't accept free books, or money in exchange for
a 5 star review.
I don't give 5 stars, for reasons you can probably figure
I did give, Good Vibrations, 4 stars, for the interesting
insights Mike Love provided.
Many reviews have said, There is nothing new in the
The stories and insights told here, are from Mike Love's POV.
Which makes them new.
I have been a Beach Boy fan since the mid 60's, and like so
many others, have watched as the roller coaster tale unfolded.
And, as the next generation of BB fans step in, it continues to unfold.
Think about the events and the "characters", from the corrupt to the criminally insane, that have paraded through the lives of the BB's?
Sadly, death has taken 2 of the original members, and lawsuits have
driven wedges between others.
But, through it all.......The music that made the Beach Boys who
they were, lives on.