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We have some very exciting news here. Australian author Stephen McParland, a very prolific writer of many books on the 60's surf and pop culture scene, has just completed a new book titled Surf Music U.S.A. - All the Surf, Hot-Rod, Motorcycle and Skateboard Hits 1960-65!
Here is what surf music author, historian, and musician John Blair (Jon & The Nightriders) has to say about this new book:
"This is the first book to present an accurate, highly detailed account of surf and hot-rod music's early history. At 300+ pages, the book is well illustrated with numerous photos and graphics, some in color (including 14 color pages of record labels and LP covers). The primary emphasis here is on the recordings, themselves, and the artists and producers who made the scene happen. The book also features an exhaustive index and bibliography. Given how detailed and expansive 'Surf Music U.S.A.' is, the cost (including the postage) is very reasonable. This is a strongly recommended document for your bookshelf!!"
Read on for the press release and ordering information.
As Eddie Katcher has pointed out, today is Leo Fender's birthday! He would have been 97!
From Wikipedia: "Clarence Leonidas Fender (August 10, 1909 - March 21, 1991) was an American luthier who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, now known as Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, and later founded G&L Musical Products (G&L Guitars). His guitar, bass, and amplifier designs from the 1950s continue to dominate popular music more than half a century later. Marshall and many other amplifier companies have used Fender amps as the foundation of their products. Fender and inventor Les Paul are often cited as the two most influential figures in the development of electric instruments in the 20th century."
Read more here.
Here is a Free Information Society biography of Fender.
And let's not forget the 60's surf bands who were early adopters of Fender gear. It has been said that it was the surf bands who cemented the popularity of "The Fender Bass" as a viable electric instrument.
Happy Birthday Leo Fender!
I just received my copy of Pipeline #71 Summer 2006 all the way from jolly old England. Editor Alan Taylor was kind enough to also send me #70 as a promo copy. I sheepishly admit to not being able to find the time to do a proper review. However I have no problem asserting that if you have any interest in instrumental music from any decade since the beginnings of rock and roll (and yes this includes a healthy dose of surf music!) you will be extremely satisfied with this well written and edited 'zine. Both issues are 65+ pages and they are jammed with reading material that will keep you busy for weeks.
Issue #70 features an incredibly in-depth interview and discography of George Tomsco and The Fireballs. There is also a feature on Mike Vernon and 3 Balls of Fire. Issue #71 has a lengthy interviews with Bob Spalding (the 5th Venture!) and our very own Ivan Pongracic of The Madeira / Space Cossacks. Plus coverage of Pipeline 2006, the 14th Pipeline convention that featured The Flames, Bob Spalding, 3 Balls of Fire, George Tomsco, The Original Rapiers, and The Surfin' Gorrillas. Each issue also features an extensive reviews section of recent releases.
Head on over to The Pipeline Magazine website and buy a subscription now! Back issues are also available so you can get caught up.
Ray Duke's Devlar Surf Sessions has just celebrated 5 years of operation over at Live365 Internet Radio! Ray started his station to play his favorite band Slacktone, and quickly expanded to play the best in surf, hot rod, garage, tiki, spy, space, and lounge. Congratulations Ray, and THANK-YOU!
Check out Devlar Surf Sessions.