The Beach Boys Have Prepared an Official Book About Themselves
It is announced as the only official book
Rock legends The Beach Boys, have announced details of their only official book, The Beach Boys by The Beach Boys. An anthology of the band, it charts their rise from Hawthorne to international fame, exploring every album from 1962’s Surfin’ Safari to the 1974 compilation Endless Summer.
Titled The Beach Boys by The Beach Boys, the book was written with unlimited access to the archive at Capitol Records and the band’s collective personal ones. It draws on unique sources to tell its story, featuring never-seen-before images from recording and touring. Text is also drawn from extensive interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston, and archival material from the late Carl and Dennis Wilson.
Joining the band members for the book are many contributors who have either been directly involved with The Beach Boys or have been inspired by them. These include Peter Blake, Lindsey Buckingham, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies, Bob Dylan, Def Leppard, the Flaming Lips, Bobby Gillespie, David Lee Roth, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Jim Kerr, Roger McGuinn, Graham Nash, Jimmy Page, Carly Simon, Pete Townshend, Rufus Wainwright, Thom Yorke, and many more yet to be announced.
Band leader Brian Wilson explains: “There’s love in the music and people can relate to the love, regardless of whether you’re two years old or 92 years old. For me, music is about love. Love is the message I want to share. I hope people feel that in my music. That makes the hard work worth it.”