Synopses & Reviews
Reflecting on the Beach Boys long, fascinating history, this book tells the story behind 50 of the bands greatest songs from the perspective of group members, collaborators, fellow musicians, and notable fans. It is filled with new interviews with music legends such as Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, Blondie Chaplin, Randy Bachman, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, Lyle Lovett, Alice Cooper, and Al Kooper, and commentary from a younger generation such as Matthew Sweet, Carnie Wilson, Daniel Lanois, Cameron Crowe, and Zooey Deschanel. Even hardcore fans will be delighted by the breadth of this musical-history volume. Plans for celebrating the golden anniversary of “Americas band” include the long-awaited release of 1967s Smile—the most famous aborted album in rock history—and concerts reuniting the groups three main surviving members. The bands music is as influential as it was 50 years ago, and this retelling of how the iconic rock group found itself in the annals of pop culture couldnt come at a better time.
"This anthology details the Beach Boys' story through the origins, production, , and achievements of each of the 50 songs addressed by the text. Dillon, an entertainment journalist in Toronto, includes interviews and commentary about the Beach Boys' music from not only members of the group, like Brian Wilson and Mike Love, but also other prominent entertainers who claim the band as an influence: The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian, country musician Lyle Lovett, actress and singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel, and heavy metal rocker Alice Cooper, to name just a few. This incorporation of various generational perspectives from the pasts of so many artists, collaborators, and producers propels the book from a detailed history to a vivid account of the group's cultural influence since their start. Dillon intertwines the inspiration for and production of the songs with accounts of the band's turbulent and emotional past, such as Murry Wilson's overbearing control over his sons, and Brian and Dennis Wilson's struggles with substance abuse, telling the Beach Boys' story through the window that is their music. Well-written and relevant to today's music scene, young and old fans alike will enjoy Dillon's collection as the band commences its 50th Anniversary Tour this summer. B&w photos throughout. Agent: Hilary McMahon, Westwood Creative Artists. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A delightful journey through fifty amazing classics, filtered through the eyes of the artists, producers and writers whose imaginations were touched by this brilliant band over the years. Chock full of engaging insight, this is a must have for any true fan!" —Matthew Sweet, musician
"I've been all around this great big world and I've seen and heard it all when it came to 'America's Band.' Or so I thought! Fifty Sides Of The Beach Boys . . . shines new light on hidden and forgotten lore through fifty fresh perspectives and Mark Dillon's deep research and lively prose. Cool pictures too. I loved every page!" —Dennis Diken, musician, The Smithereens/Bell Sound
"Beach Boys' songs have always been about fun, so what better way to chart their colourful history than through their songs. Mark Dillon offers a fascinating and illuminating peek behind some of the greatest American music of the past 50 years as told by those who were there. Delightfully engaging and informative." —John Einarson, author, Randy Bachman: Still Takin' Care of Business and Four Strong Winds: Ian & Sylvia
"This is a book everyone who cares about the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and their music should have in their music book library." —Peter Reum, Beach Boys historian
"Highly recommended, this book is an essential addition to any Beach Boys fan's library." —Jon Stebbins, author, The Beach Boys FAQ and The Lost Beach Boy
"In the Beach Boys' long history is a lot of history. Using the songs as jumping-off points—an efficient and successful method—Dillon explores much of it. . . . If you need a guide, Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys will more than do the trick." —www.PopMatters.com
An original look at a beloved band, Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys chronicles the story behind 50 of their greatest songs through exclusive interviews with the Beach Boys, their collaborators, fellow musicians, and famous fans. Featuring interviews with music legends such as Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, Blondie Chaplin, Randy Bachman, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, and Alice Cooper, and commentary from a younger generation of musicians and writers such as Lyle Lovett, Matthew Sweet, Jim Fusilli, Cameron Crowe, Daniel Lanois, and Zooey Deschanel, even hardcore fans will be delighted by the breadth of Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys. The Beach Boys music is as influential and fresh as it was 50 years ago, and this innovative retelling of how the iconic rock group became an essential part of American music history couldnt come at a better time.
About the Author
Mark Dillon is a freelance journalist and writer. He is the former editor of Playback, the business publication of the Canadian film and television industries. His articles have also appeared in American Cinematographer, Globe and Mail, Hollywood Reporter, and Macleans. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.