From rear dust jacket flap notes: For the first time, David Leaf tells the complete story of America's oldest and most beloved rock band - who literally created the joyous California scene of the early '60s - a mythical teenage paradise revolving around surfin', cruisin', drive-in movies and suntanned beach bunnies. The Beach Boys goes behind the group's happy-go-lucky image to reveal the tragic story of Brian Wilson, the tormented musical innovator who fell victim to his own talent - and how the group he created survived despite drugs and alcohol, divorce, and the death of Dennis Wilson to become a national institution. The Beach Boys is the enlarged edition of David Leaf's The Beach Boys and the California Myth, first published in 1978.
This book was one of the first Beach Boys bios to be published. Leaf is a fanatical Beach Boys expert, friend of the band to this day, and a frequent consultant on BB-related projects. His writing is not critical, but it is factual, and he tells the story well, illustrated with hundreds of vintage photos (reproduced from magazines, for the most part, so the quality is as dubious as the obscurity of the material is welcome). - squishy66, Amazon review.