Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy by Mike LoveThe New York Times Bestseller
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 groups 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 Americas 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 bands unprecedented durability also provides a glimpse into Americas changing cultural mores over the past half century, while Love himself has experienced both the diabolical and the divine -- from Charles Mansons 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.
Good Vibrations: The Beach Boys' Pop Masterpiece
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The Making of 'Good Vibrations'-The Beach Boys-Actual Studio Film
When you hear a great song, you can think of where you were when you first heard it, the sounds, the smells. It takes the emotions of a moment and holds it for years to come. It transcends time. A great song has all the key elements melody; emotion; a strong statement that becomes part of the lexicon; and great production. As soon as you start, you get that magic feeling, an extra feeling. Legend had it that audiences would actually break into tears when Robinson and the Miracles sang "The Tracks of My Tears.
All rights reserved. Intro Lyrics Meaning. They sang about sun and surf, "so tanned" Californian girls and "stroked and bored" muscle cars. They were labeled America's answer to the British invasion, but really, they were California's ambassadors to the world, the poet laureates of the Southern California scene, and fantasy-makers for the great-grandchildren of men who had nursed a different California dream. But by , the band's biggest talent, Brian Wilson, was ready to move on. Far less a sun-happy beach bum than a troubled young man, he no longer toured with the band that had once been like a family to him.