Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys by Mark Dillon
The Songs that Tell Their Story

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Reflecting on the Beach Boys’ long, fascinating history, this book tells the story behind 50 of the band’s greatest songs from the perspective of group members, collaborators, fellow musicians, and notable fans. It is filled with new interviews with music legends such as Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, Blondie Chaplin, Randy Bachman, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, Lyle Lovett, Alice Cooper, and Al Kooper, and commentary from a younger generation such as Matthew Sweet, Carnie Wilson, Daniel Lanois, Cameron Crowe, and Zooey Deschanel. Even hardcore fans will be delighted by the breadth of this musical-history volume. Plans for celebrating the golden anniversary of “America’s band” include the long-awaited release of 1967’s Smile—the most famous aborted album in rock history—and concerts reuniting the group’s three main surviving members. The band’s music is as influential as it was 50 years ago, and this retelling of how the iconic rock group found itself in the annals of pop culture couldn’t come at a better time.


About Mark Dillon

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Mark Dillon is a freelance journalist and writer. He is the former editor of Playback, the business publication of the Canadian film and television industries. His articles have also appeared in American Cinematographer, Globe and Mail, Hollywood Reporter, and Maclean's. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Published June 1, 2012 by ECW Press. 360 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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He talks about his new book The Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys, about hearing his first Beach Boys' song and going to his first concert at the age of 10.*** Author Mark Dillon has been a Beach Boys fan since his cousin Tracy played him an 8-track tape when he was seven.

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Montreal Gazette

Along with the pleasure of reading Beach Boys fans like John Sebastian, James Mercer, Al Kooper, Daniel Lanois, Lyle Lovett, Zooey Deschanel, Matthew Sweet, Cameron Crowe and Jace Lasek discussing songs that struck a deep chord, you’ll find David Marks, Al Jardine, Dean Torrence, Carol Kaye, Bruc...

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