Reflecting on the Beach BoysÒ long, fascinating history, this book tells the story behind 50 of the bandÓ³ 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 ÔmericaÓ³ bandÔ include the long-awaited release of 1967Ó³ SmileØ´he most famous aborted album in rock historyØ¡nd concerts reuniting the groupÓ³ three main surviving members. The bandÓ³ 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 couldnÓ´ come at a better time.
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 MacleanÓ³. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.