Heroes and Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys

Heroes and Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys

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by Steven S. Gaines, Steven Gaines, Da Capo Press
     
 

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"The Beach Boys have been rolling, like the tide their great songs evoke, for more than thirty years, reaching professional peaks and tragic personal depths. In this electrifying account Steven Gaines"See more details below

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"The Beach Boys have been rolling, like the tide their great songs evoke, for more than thirty years, reaching professional peaks and tragic personal depths. In this electrifying account Steven Gaines"

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 Winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for best Pop Music Book.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wallach ( Women's Work focuses on the staunch ferocity of maternal love and the ineffable terror experienced by a seven-year-old in this story of turmoil atan exclusive Manhattan school. Harried Cornelia Fuller is clumsily juggling many problemsa recent divorce from a narcissistic actor, unpaid billswhen she anxiously observes that her child, Livvie, can barely read. Unbeknownst to Cornelia, Livvie, who attends the elite Boston School, endures the derision of classmates, as well as repeated sexual molestations furtively inflicted on herby the institution's janitor. Suddenly, Dr. Billy Connor, the school's ruthlessly pragmatic new headmaster, plans to expel Livvie and other students with conspicuous learning difficulties. Cornelia joins a group of incensed mothers intent on ousting Connor, but her most indispensable ally is Dane Nillssen, a benevolent psychiatrist eager to heal both Fullers' anguish. With moving acuity, Wallach portrays the traumas weathered by mother and child, and carefully delineates the temperament of Billy Connor, for whom self-aggrandizement overrides judiciousness. This cogent, penetrating tale juxtaposes innocence and tyranny with uncommon subtlety. (October 17)
Library Journal
The 25-year history of the Beach Boys has been one of triumph and tragedy. Starting out in 1961 with music that rode the California surfing craze to national popularity, the band projected a cleancut, all-American image. Their sudden success and later fall from popularity resulted in personal and group problems. By the early 1980s the Boys were surviving on nostalgia concert tours. Author Gaines, relying mostly on primary sources, has anecdotally captured all the infighting while dealing deftly with complex business details and treating the songs to thoughtful analysis. Although much of his information is not new (see John Milward's The Beach Boys Silver Anniversary , LJ 8/85) this presentation is vivid and compelling. Photos not seen. Paul G. Feehan, Univ. of Miami Lib., Coral Cables, Fla.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306806476
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
420
Sales rank:
181,247
Product dimensions:
0.93(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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