on 4 November 2012
Marc's take on 50 classic Beach Boys songs certainly hits the spot. Each of the 50 tracks highlighted is discussed with both an historical context by the author, and a personal insight by someone who was close to the track at the time of recording, or who has been particularly influenced by it subsequently. Easy to read, informative and fresh.....even if you have every other book on the BBs,there is much to enjoy here...buy it and have fun, fun, fun
on 8 September 2012
This book is certainly a fresh look at the Beach Boys story, and a really good read. The idea of taking fifty different songs (including some solo tracks by Brian and Dennis Wilson) and having a different angle to each one certainly works. Each track has comments by The Beach Boys themselves, famous fans, collaborators and fellow musicians. The songs chosen are diverse and in some instances downright quirky (ie "Im Bugged At My Old Man"!). There are a lot of interesting facts and information about the whole of The Beach Boys career. Author Mark Dillon has an engaging style and he keeps you entertained throughout. A book that should please all Beach Boys fans.