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Posted October 23, 2011
I can't recall ever reading a fact-style book where the author inserts himself at all, let alone as much as the author, Jon Stebbins, inserts himself in this book...
For example, we get to read about Jon Stebbins' summer love named Susan; we get to read about Jon Stebbins' attending a concert where 2 of The BB fought; we get to read about Jon Stebbins attending the filming of a BB TV movie... and attending a rooftop BB show...and at the unveiling of The BB monument. Phew, Jon Stebbins is like Forrest Gump. He's everywhere and he'll tell you about it. :)
Also, the photos in the book are a total disappointment! Not one color photo in the lot, and nothing refreshingly new to a true BB fan.
If you don't mind any of the above, then buy the book. But for me, it wasn't at all what I'd hoped a "FAQ" book on The Beach Boys would, should, or could be.
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Posted October 30, 2011
Jon Stebbins new book "The Beach Boys FAQ - All That's Left To Know About America's Band" is easily the most entertaining and simply the best book ever written about the Beach Boys. Stebbins has a knack for injecting both humor and incisive opinion into his incredibly readable style of telling the Beach Boys roller coaster tale. This book has a wealth of info that has never been put forth in such an easily accessible way. Plus the author gives everything a personal touch by relating his own experiences as both a fan and Beach Boys insider. There is a honesty to the writings in The Beach Boys FAQ that allows for a fresh insight into a story that's been told and re-told for decades. With Stebbins as the tour guide, the Beach Boys become something new and alive, and fun! This book will make you want to listen to their music again, and while you're listening you'll think about the interesting things that went on behind the scenes. Thanks to Jon Stebbins and Backbeat Books for a great read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 9, 2011
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