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The Lost Beach Boy: The True Story of David Marks one of the founding members of the Beach Boys Hardcover – March 9, 2010
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Thank you David Marks for sharing your memories, made all the more poignant by the untimely passings of Dennis and Carl.
As other reviewers have noted, this book is long overdue. The "replacement Beach Boy" phenomina helped the band in some ways. David Marks/Al Jardine and then Chapman/Fataar and Bruce Johnston all had a role at one point or another in allowing Brian to stay in the studio and create unparalleled music. But it also hurt in some ways too in that fans do like to see the original lineup as much as possible. For all intents and purposes David Marks was really the original 5th Beach Boy, at least from the fans perspective. He was the one that we saw and heard on the first 4-5 albums before being replaced by Al Jardine- who was there before him but did not appear regulalry on the albums until much later. After that David's role was kind of swept under the rug until he returned to the band in 1997.
Fortunately this book focuses on his relationship with the Beach Boys during and after his tenure and does not spend too much time on his other bands. No offense to David but this would have been boring had they spent too much time talking about The Moon or David and the Marksmen. Although I have to admit that I was curious to hear his post-Beach Boys work after reading this. You end up getting a lot of extra insight and given that he experienced something similar to what Pete Best did it is actually very positive. And he clearly loves and admires Brian Wilson. Even after learning that Brian had the hots for his mom and was calling her at 3 in the morning when Dave and his dad were out of town. That part made me really laugh out loud and want to high five Brian too. Glad to know Denis wasn't the only one causing a little mischief from time to time! :)
Great to have such a very close insight in the Beach Boys formative years.
While reading, you feel sorry for Marks, in some periods of his life. He seems honest and in autobiographies, this is a rare thing to find.