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Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963


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Released on June 8, 2015

Written by James B. Murphy


  • Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963

    • June 8, 2015
    • McFarland Publishing
    • Jefferson, NC
    • Paperback
    • 436 pages
    • ISBN: 0786473657
    They were almost The Pendletones--after the Pendleton wool shirts favored on chilly nights at the beach--then The Surfers, before being named The Beach Boys. But what separated them from every other teenage garage band with no musical training? They had raw talent, persistence and a wellspring of creativity that launched them on a legendary career now in its sixth decade.
    Following the musical vision of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys blended ethereal vocal harmonies, searing electric guitars and lush arrangements into one of the most distinctive sounds in the history of popular music. Drawing on original interviews and newly uncovered documents, this book untangles the band's convoluted early history and tells the story of how five boys from California formed America's greatest rock 'n' roll band.