Mike Love tells the story of his legendary, raucous, and ultimately triumphant five-decade career as the front man of The Beach Boys, the most popular American band in history timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of "Good Vibrations."
As a founding member of The Beach Boys, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary fifty-five years, and counting, as the group's lead singer and one of its principal lyricists. The Beach Boys, from their California roots to their international fame, are a unique American story one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, betrayal, and forgiveness and Love is the only band member to be part of it each and every step. His own story has never been fully told, of how a sheet-metal apprentice became the quintessential front man for America's most successful rock band, singing in more than 5,600 concerts in 26 countries.
Love describes the stories behind his lyrics for pop classics such as "Good Vibrations," "California Girls," "Surfin' USA," and "Kokomo," while providing vivid portraits of the turbulent lives of his three gifted cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson. His partnership with Brian has few equals in American pop music, though Mike has carved out a legacy of his own he co-wrote the lyrics to eleven of the twelve original Beach Boy songs that were top 10 hits while providing the lead vocals on ten of them. The band's unprecedented durability also provides a glimpse into America's changing cultural mores over the past half century, while Love himself has experienced both the diabolical and the divine from Charles Manson's "family" threatening his life to Maharishi instilling it with peace. A husband, a father, and an avid environmentalist, Love has written a book that is as rich and layered as the Beach Boy harmonies themselves.
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About the Author
Mike Love is a founding member of The Beach Boys, considered to be the most popular American band in history, with 13 Gold Albums, 55 top-100 singles, and four #1 hits. Love has been the lead singer of the group one of its principal lyricists since its inception in 1961. His credits include such pop classics as "Good Vibrations," "California Girls," "I Get Around," "Fun Fun Fun," and "Kokomo." Love has received an Ella Award for his song writing, and, as part of The Beach Boys, he is a member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the Vocal Group Hall of Fame; and has received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
James S. Hirsch is a journalist and New York Times bestselling author whose books include biographies of Willie Mays and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and examinations of military issues, the health care system, and global philanthropy. Hirsch won the Christopher Award for Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World.
Table of Contents
1 California is the Ultimate 1
2 Teenage Groove 21
3 Surfing the Cultural Waves 35
4 Our Own Wall of Sound 55
5 What Good is the Dawn 79
8 Keeping Up With the Beatles 87
7 A Sonic Oasis 107
8 A Blossom World 123
9 The Unraveling 145
10 Holy Grounds on the Ganges 169
11 A Violent Age 195
12 Demons among Us 203
13 Exporting the American Dream 217
14 Stolen Legacy 223
15 Our Toughest Competitor 237
16 Brian's Back 245
17 The Fracturing 265
18 The Ocean Blue 283
19 America's Band 301
20 My House in Order 317
21 The Glue That Binds Us 333
22 A Special Place in Hell 341
23 Universal Truth 351
24 My Greatest Teachers 379
25 My Radio is On 391
Epilogue: Chasing the Sun 407
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Yeah thats been happening a lot lately. And it aucks cause i wrote such a long thing on accident tho. Dam mit)) Alaina looked and the ground, on the verge of tears. "Jack and Ryan.. thy want to..." she paused, letting out a sob. "Thy want to fu ck me ad they threatened to-to come over and r-ra pe me right in front of you i-if i didnt send them th-those pictures. Im so sorry James!" She cried, laying he head on his lap
Excellent source of Beach Boy musical journey by an original member. I've read many books about the Beach Boys, about and by Brian Wilson, and I am glad Mike Love has presented the group's and his personal voyage through the years, times of success and tribulations. He is factual without being insulting regarding the legal problems between members. I've read a lot about music groups and it seems they all get cheated by record companies, and by agents, lawyers, friends, family, and other members of the group. Even the Beatles had such situations. Mike Love has gone through a lot, he works hard and has carried on with the touring. Of course he should get full credit and monetary gain for his part in the songwriting. His words were poetry, look at Warmth of the Sun. The songs would not have been as successful or as beloved without the beautiful and fitting lyrics. As for fans who blast Love, I have little regard for you. I've been in the music business all my life and know what is right. Sure, Brian Wilson is a musical genius; with melody, arrangements, and productions, but a weakness is not having the lyrical ability. So Roger Christian, Gary Usher, Mike Love, Tony Asher, et. all had to supply the missing link to Brian's incredible music. This book is a bit long in spots but I highly recommend for fans and non fans alike.
What a total Whine-y WINDBAG! Someone sure does Loves himself. This guy comes off as a total JERK! I could not finish this book fast enough! Waste of money! Waste of time! Regret buying this book.
Great book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Mike Love tells the whole story and does it wonderfully. A wonderful history, very sad at times. A really good read.