On August 20, 2015, my wife, Bernadette, and I saw the Beach Boys at Maryland Live Casino in Hanover, Maryland, and presented a copy of Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963, to Mike Love and Bruce Johnston. Not realizing he would be there, I offered to send a copy to David Marks. They thumbed through it, commenting on some of the photos and the early days. They could not have been more gracious. It was a bit surreal when Mike asked me to autograph his copy of the book. Mike, Bruce, and David also signed the cover of my personal copy of the book.
On August 30, on the Beach Boys Britain message board, Bruce commented, “Until now, the only book about the Beach Boys I thought was worth reading was The Nearest Faraway Place by Timothy White. I am finding Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963, looks like it will be a great worthwhile read, too! Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963, is a must read and I could not put it down. There are a lot of interesting things to read in this book.” I am grateful to Bruce for the support and kind words.