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The Beach Boys are an iconic pop and rock music group formed in Hawthorne, California, United States in 1961, who are widely considered to be one of the most influential bands in rock and pop music history. They have recorded dozens of Top 40 hits (including four US #1 singles), many best-selling albums, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. The original group comprised singer-musician-composer Brian Wilson, his brothers Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, friend Al Jardine, and David Marks. Many changes in both musical style and personnel have occurred in their sometimes-stormy career: Brian Wilson’s mental illness, drug addiction and eventual withdrawal from the group; the deaths of Dennis Wilson in 1983 and Carl Wilson in 1998; and continuing legal battles among surviving members of the group. The Beach Boys officially broke up in 1998 shortly after Carl Wilson’s death, however Mike Love and Bruce Johnston maintain the rights to the name and continue to tour with their own band as The Beach Boys. The group was formed under the leadership of Brian Wilson, and included his brothers Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love and school friend Al Jardine. The early inspirations of the group were the Wilsons’ musician father, Murry, and the close vocal harmonies of groups such as The Four Freshmen


Article: Interview

Greg Paul: We Can Share These Commonalities

Read "Greg Paul: We Can Share These Commonalities" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz

Drummer, composer, and band leader Greg Paul--born in 1987 and raised in Buffalo, NY--remembers his home town as a place of lived community, especially among musicians. That spirit never left him. On the contrary: he took it to the metropolis of Los Angeles where he relocated in 2011 and still lives today as an internationally acknowledged ...

News: TV / Film

Documentary: The Beach Boys

Documentary: The Beach Boys

For those growing up in the U.S. in the early 1960s, no other group better expressed the essence of summer than the Beach Boys. Their music and the smell of Coppertone suntan lotion still takes me back. Surf rock pre-dated the group, having been launched in 1960 by the Ventures' Walk—Don't Run. A surge of surf bands ...


Article: Book Review

Hollywood Eden: Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise

Read "Hollywood Eden: Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise" reviewed by Doug Collette

Hollywood Eden: Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise Joel Selvin 320 Pages ISBN: # 978-1487007218 House of Anansi Press 2021 Joel Selvin may well grab the reader's attention with his very first sentence of Hollywood Eden. and quite likely never lose it over the ...


Article: Album Review

Randy Napoleon: Common Tones

Read "Common Tones" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Randy Napoleon may represent the new school of Detroit guitar players emerging from the lineage of Kenny Burrell and (Motown) Funk Brothers Dennis Coffey and Joe Messina, but his approach and sound on Common Tones are old school for sure. His fifth set as a leader (on the Detroit Music Factory label) collaborates across four generations ...


Article: From the Inside Out

Back in the Day, Around the World

Read "Back in the Day, Around the World" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brooklyn Funk Essentials Stay Good Dorado Records 2019 Back in the day, jazz bands like Roy Ayers' Ubiquity and soul bands like the Ohio Players played more than jazz and soul. Jazz and soul were their main ingredient, but only one ingredient among others stirred in ...


Article: Extended Analysis

The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991

Read "The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991" reviewed by John Kelman

There are bands that manage to carve out a place for themselves in the music world that lasts for decades; there are others who, while having created a name for themselves during their peak years and, while they continue to tour and, even, make the occasional studio album, are invariably best remembered for their seminal early ...


Article: Album Review

Emi Ferguson: Amour Cruel

Read "Amour Cruel" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Crossing musical borders is a risky business. Our culture loves certainty; the marketplace prefers easily distinguishable, homogenous categories. Whereas contemporary visual artists, at least since Rauschenberg, receive critical praise (and financial reward) for combining styles and materials previously thought to be discrete, contemporary musicians who cross boundaries put their reputations, and sometimes their careers, on the ...


News: Recording

Beach Boys: Morgan Sessions

Beach Boys: Morgan Sessions

At the dawn of the 1960s, the Beach Boys were a teenage vocal group who bridged elements of West Coast jazz with California pop rock. The fusion wasn't a calculated plan as much it was the result of happenstance. The five singer-musicians had long admired the Four Freshmen and other vocal-harmony groups but were looking for ...


News: Recording

Beach Boys: Pet Sounds Turns 50

Beach Boys: Pet Sounds Turns 50

The release today of the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary remastered five-disc Pet Sounds box provides me with a perfect hook to chat a bit about one of my favorite pop-rock albums. The new set features mono and stereo version of the album plus instrumental tracks, vocal tracks, surround sound mono, stereo and stereo instrumental tracks and ...


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