Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963, published June 9, 2015, by McFarland Books. Eight years in the making, writing Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963 (BBB) was a labor of love about the music that has accompanied me throughout most of my life. Born out of frustration in reading narratives about the band’s early years that often were contradictory or did not fit together, this book attempts to bring understanding to their origin story and to prompt discussion among the vibrant community of Beach Boys fans and historians.
I look forward to hearing from those who have read the book and have comments and questions.
In writing BBB, publisher constraints and the need to rein in a first-time author meant sticking to the spine of the story which meant omitting many conversations, events, and facts, some of which detail the era in which the boys grew up. How many great scenes are deleted from movies that make us wonder why they didn’t make the final cut. This website exists to share the stories that didn’t make the cut, but deserve telling, or further expand on stories in the book. I hope they are enjoyable and further add to the narrative.
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