Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys: The Songs that Tell Their Story
Submitted by grateful on 24 December 2012 - 2:04am
fifty Beach Boys songs from throughout their career, each described by a different commentator. Some of the commentators were involved in making of the song they talk about (e.g. Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine, David Marks), others are well-known admirers (e.g. Matthew Sweet, Lyle Lovett, Cameron Crowe). The songs run the range from very well known to very obscure, and that's one of the book's strengths: it's not just a review of the band's greatest hits. The stories include a lot of very interesting details that often make you think about the song differently, e.g. Blondie Chaplin says that 'Sail on Sailor' is really difficult to sing well because the lyrics are so wordy. The downside of the book is that while the author definitely knows his stuff, he's often a little too quick to gloss over some of the seedier episodes or shady personalities around the band. The fanboy perspective is a bit overbearing at times.
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Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
any Beach Boys songs or any of the previous biographies or documentaries about the band. Also anyone who enjoys reading artists explaining why someone else's work appeals to them or has influenced them.
One thing you've learned:
I dislike Mike Love even more than I did before.