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Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys

The Songs that Tell Their Story

by (author) Mark Dillon

ECW Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2012
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Catch a wave with original insights behind the best tunes of the Beach Boys

An original look at a beloved band, Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys chronicles the story behind 50 of their greatest songs through exclusive interviews with the Beach Boys, their collaborators, fellow musicians, and famous fans.

Featuring interviews with music legends such as Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, Blondie Chaplin, Randy Bachman, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, and Alice Cooper, and commentary from a younger generation of musicians and writers such as Lyle Lovett, Matthew Sweet, Jim Fusilli, Cameron Crowe, Daniel Lanois, and Zooey Deschanel, even hardcore fans will be delighted by the breadth of Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys.

The Beach Boys’ music is as influential and fresh as it was 50 years ago, and this innovative retelling of how the iconic rock group became an essential part of American music history couldn’t come at a better time.


About the author

Contributor Notes

MARK DILLON is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and writer. He is the former editor of Playback, the business publication of the Canadian film and TV industries. His articles have also appeared in Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail, the Hollywood Reporter, and American Cinematographer.

Editorial Reviews


“[Mark Dillon] tells the Beach Boys’ long, complex and fascinating history through their long, complex and fascinating songbook . . . It’s all there; Dillon doesn’t cut corners. He doesn’t just shower praise on Brian Wilson and leave it at that. And he doesn’t pretend that, for lengthy stretches, the Beach Boys weren’t ultra passe.” — PopMatters

“Dillon’s approach is a very cool way of looking at the work of The Beach Boys, and one that begs for its own playlist. All the songs that are discussed are essential tracks, even if they aren’t all obvious picks or the biggest of hits.” — Biff Bam Pop!

Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys: The Songs That Tell Their Story is essential beach reading for fans of our greatest champions of surf and sand.” — Psychobabble

Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys does what all great rock books do: it makes you dive back into your collection to re-examine songs you haven’t thought about in decades.” — Montreal Gazette

“[W]ell-written and relevant to today’s music scene, young and old fans alike will enjoy Dillon’s collection as the band commences its 50th Anniversary Tour this summer.” — Publishers Weekly