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Heroes & Villains

The True Story Of The Beach Boys

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Released on October 30, 1986

Written by Steven Gaines

Editions

  • Heroes & Villains: The True Story Of The Beach Boys

    • August 1995
    • Da Capo Press
    • New York
    • Paperback
    • 416 pages
    • ISBN: 0306806479
  • Heroes and Villains: The True Story Of The Beach Boys

    • December 8, 1988
    • Grafton Books
    • London
    • Paperback
    • 448 pages
    • ISBN: 0586074643
  • Heroes and Villains: The True Story Of The Beach Boys

    • 1987
    • Grafton Books
    • London
    • Paperback
    • 448 pages
    • ISBN: 0586074643
  • Heroes and Villains: The True Story Of The Beach Boys

    • November 3, 1987
    • Dutton/Signet
    • New York
    • Paperback
    • 368 pages
    • ISBN: 0451150333
    This electrifying book reveals the truth behind the legend of the Beach Boys--a gothic tale of sex, drugs and greed behind the musical genius and wholesome facade. Packed with interviews with family, friends and wives and over 65 vivid photographs.
  • Heroes And Villains: The True Story Of The Beach Boys

    • October 1986
    • MacMillan
    • London
    • Hardcover
    • 314 pages
    • ISBN: 0333434951
    The Beach Boys have been rolling, like the tide their great songs evoke, for more than thirty years, reaching professional peaks and tragic personal depths. In this electrifying account Steven Gaines reveals the gothic tale of violence, addiction, greed, genius, madness, and rock 'n' roll behind the wholesome, surf-and-sun image. Through candid interviews with close friends, family, and the Beach Boys themselves, Heroes and Villains portrays and evaluates all those who propelled the California myth, and the group who sang about it, into worldwide prominence: Murry Wilson, the corrosive father who abused them as children and exploited them as adults; Dennis Wilson, who explored every avenue of excess (including welcoming the entire Manson family into his home) to his inevitable self-destruction; the Wilsons’ cousin, frontman Mike Love, whose devotion to eastern religion could not quell his violent temper; the wives (more than ten), mistresses, managers, and producers who consumed huge pieces of the ”musical pie”; and of course, the band’s artistic center, Brian Wilson, the mentally fragile musical genius who achieved so much and then so little. With dozens of photos, Heroes and Villains recounts the bitter saga of the American dream realized and distorted and the music that survived.
  • Heroes & Villains: The True Story Of The Beach Boys

    • October 30, 1986
    • New American Library
    • New York
    • Hardcover
    • 374 pages
    • ISBN: 0453005195