This is the first book to take an honest look at the themes running through the Beach Boys’ art and career as a whole and to examine where they sit inside our culture and politicsand why they still grab our attention.
About the Author
Table of Contents
- 1. Harmony and Discord
- 2. Cars and Guitars
- 3. Suburbs and Surf
- 4. Studio and Stage
- 5. Fathers, Shrinks, and Gurus
- 6. Girlfriends, Wives, and Mothers
- 7. When Did the Early Sixties End?
- 8. Jan and Dean
- 9. Innocence and the Second-Best Pop Album Ever
- 10. Hip and White
- 11. The Best Unreleased Pop Album Ever
- 12. The Beatles
- 13. Into the Genres
- 14. Dennis
- 15. Carl
- 16. Al, Bruce, and David
- 17. Mike
- 18. Brian Solo
- 19. Storytellers, Historians, and Fans
- 20. Summer’s Gone, the Endless Summer
- Epilogue: Suggestions
- A Chronological Listing of DVDs
- Mentioned in the Book
What People are Saying About This
“Smucker’s mix of unabashed fanboy enthusiasm with razor sharp analysis makes him the perfect teller of this story.”
"Having spent a lifetime digging into everything the Beach Boys have recorded, Smucker knows it to be fun fun fun, great art, and a barometer of our class, race, and gender politics since World War II."
"Smucker’s mix of unabashed fanboy enthusiasm with razor-sharp analysis makes him the perfect teller of this story."
"Tom Smucker pointed me in the right direction for what became my life’s journey."
"Smucker perfectly captures the world the Beach Boys made. This is the band in full career ricochet, summing up and summoning a whole way of life."