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Permalink New Book: "Southern California Surf Music, 1960-1966"

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and... purchased!!!

Cant wait to check it out, John!!!

I did ask paypal to send you a message asking to autograph it for me, but I'll ask again here just in case.

Thanks for everything you do for our favorite music!

Cheers!

Shipping information says Thursday!

John wrote:

The book can now be ordered on my website, www.johnblair.us (please read ordering instructions carefully if you aren't in the U.S.). If you want the book signed, please request that when you complete the order online. Thanks everybody. Off and running (er, surfing?).

John, thanks for heads up.
Also, you are welcome to bring to the HB pier show to sell.
And if you have a good amount of them, maybe even ask the Surf Museum
If they want to carry that and the discography book too.

Jeff(bigtikidude)

bigtikidude wrote:

And if you have a good amount of them, maybe even ask the Surf Museum
If they want to carry that and the discography book too.

That's a stellar idea.

Wes
SoCal ex-pat with a snow shovel

DISCLAIMER: The above is opinion/suggestion only & should not be used for mission planning/navigation, tweaking of instruments, beverage selection, or wardrobe choices.

I have mine on order via Amazon.ca...looking forward to it!

Mai Tai Surf on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/HangTenHangmen/

Fender 60s Lacquer Jaguar/USA Strat/'63 RI Reverb/'68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb/Strymon El Capistan & Flint/Xotic EP Booster/Surfy Bear Reverb/Kingsley Page tube boost...and, yes, a Boss FRV-1

It has shipped and is on the way and arrives Wednesday!...yahoo!

Happy Sunsets!

I'll have to wait a bit more ... until April 22th!

When you have to shoot ... shoot! Don't talk.
"Los Grainders" www.facebook.com/losgrainders
"Planeta Reverb" www.facebook.com/planetareverb

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Mine arrived today. Smile

Matt "tha Kat" Lentz
Otto and the Ottomans: 2014-2015
The Coconauts surf band: 2009-2014
www.theamazingcoconauts.com
Group Captain and the Mandrakes 2013
http://www.gcmband.com/
The Surfside IV: 2002-2005, 2008-2009
the Del-Vamps: 1992-1999, 2006-2007
http://www.dblcrown.com/delvamps.html

Last edited: Apr 06, 2015 21:34:00

You're a lucky man!

Jealous...!

Hope there will be enough copys at Surfer Joe.

Cheers,
Andy

www.LosVenturas.be

Just got an update. My copy is "Out for delivery"...Today!

Happy Sunsets!

I gotta get a copy of that book!

Guitar player for the Driptones surf band.
https://www.driptones.com/

Got mine today. I've already read over half of it. Great job John! LOTS of cool photos and flyers!

Quite a haul today! It's a GOOD day! (BTW, looking through the book, I see a lot more Strats than offsets - I think John had an agenda with the photos he selected - and I approve! Twisted Evil )

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Ivan
The Madeira Official Website
The Madeira on Facebook
The Blair-Pongracic Band on Facebook
The Space Cossacks on Facebook
The Madeira Channel on YouTube

IvanP wrote:

Quite a haul today! It's a GOOD day! (BTW, looking through the book, I see a lot more Strats than offsets - I think John had an agenda with the photos he selected - and I approve! Twisted Evil )

Like I always say, the King of the Surf Guitar plays a... Say it with me... Strat! Wink When will more of these books be available, I would love to order one.

Guitar player for the Driptones surf band.
https://www.driptones.com/

Last edited: Apr 08, 2015 17:55:07

Ugh...my amazon.ca order has stalled...the listing is showing 'temporarily out of stock'.

Mai Tai Surf on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/HangTenHangmen/

Fender 60s Lacquer Jaguar/USA Strat/'63 RI Reverb/'68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb/Strymon El Capistan & Flint/Xotic EP Booster/Surfy Bear Reverb/Kingsley Page tube boost...and, yes, a Boss FRV-1

What a treasure-trove this book is! Absolutely amazing. John has really given us all a huge gift here. Reading through it last night before going to sleep, I got the same feeling that I had about 20 years ago, when I first started getting into surf music - the feeling that there was something truly magical about SoCal in the early '60s, a very special period of time that is now pretty much completely vanished. It's easy to get jaded over the years and to forget what drew you to this music in the first place, but I have to say reading through the book last night made me feel that sense of wonder again and remember why I was originally attracted to this music.

The only tiny complaint I have is that I wish that there was a section for color photos. I knew some of the photos, such as the Challengers photo on the cliffs, and I'm pretty sure that was originally in color. Would have been really nice to have that and some other photos in color. But that's really a minor complaint for what in all other ways is an incredible publication!

My fave two pages: the Surfmen and the Truants mirror photos on opposite pages, showing off beautiful custom-color Strats! Whoo-whooo!

(BTW, I think I found a typo: I believe Richard Berry wrote Louie, Louie in 1965, not 1955.)

THANK YOU, JOHN!!!! YOU RULE! Worship

Ivan
The Madeira Official Website
The Madeira on Facebook
The Blair-Pongracic Band on Facebook
The Space Cossacks on Facebook
The Madeira Channel on YouTube

Thanks for the kind words, Ivan. I wanted the publisher to put color photos in this book, but the "style" for their Images of America series was b&w (the original of that Belairs' photo is also in color). And, "Louie Louie" was, indeed, written in 1955 (the Kingsmen's hit cover was in 1963):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louie_Louie

www.johnblair.us
www.soundofthesurf.com

John wrote:

And, "Louie Louie" was, indeed, written in 1955 (the Kingsmen's hit cover was in 1963):

Really? Very interesting. So, the Rhythm Rockers were playing the Harmony Park Ballroom already in '55? They were around that long before surf music began? I had no idea.

That is really an incredible collection of photos and handbills you've pulled together over the years, and we're all truly in your debt for your efforts.

Ivan
The Madeira Official Website
The Madeira on Facebook
The Blair-Pongracic Band on Facebook
The Space Cossacks on Facebook
The Madeira Channel on YouTube

IvanP wrote:

What a treasure-trove this book is! Absolutely amazing. John has really given us all a huge gift here.

THANK YOU, JOHN!!!! YOU RULE! Worship

Agree This is what serious historiography looks like. Many who don't even know it yet are indebted.

John, from your publisher remarks above ("Images of America") it seems this is part of a larger collection, which is kinda neat in the sense that it becomes a part of a larger historical collection & may get seen by audiences of that effort beyond the obvious surf music aficionado.

Thank you again so much. This is an awesome book!

Cheers

Wes
SoCal ex-pat with a snow shovel

DISCLAIMER: The above is opinion/suggestion only & should not be used for mission planning/navigation, tweaking of instruments, beverage selection, or wardrobe choices.

This was a good day to go to the post office!
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