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New Book: The Beach Boys FAQ


The Beach Boys FAQ
All That’s Left to Know About America’s Band
Jon Stebbins
Foreword by David Marks, founding member of the Beach Boys

Celebrating 50 years of the world’s ultimate summer band  


“The FAQ series stacks a lot of things you need to know about a band with a lot of juicy bits you’d spend years tracking down from glossies, fanzines, journals, blogs, and other biographies.”                                                                                                    –KEXP FM (Seattle)

A great rock-and-roll story is a magnet, and the Beach Boys story has one of the strongest pulls of all.  Author Jon Stebbins has been producing literary and televised Beach Boys productions for years, and now Backbeat Books’ newest FAQ title puts his mammoth knowledge of Beach Boys history and obscure lore into one entertaining, fast-paced tome. So pull up a chair or catch a wave—it’s time for fun, fun, fun in the summertime.

The Beach Boys FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About America’s Band (Backbeat Books, $19.99) dives down deep into the legend. Great for casual fans, Stebbins discusses the album Pet Sounds, Brian Wilson’s reclusiveness, TV appearances, and solo careers. But, this book will also take readers beyond the shoreline: Why are they considered the American Beatles? What was the truth behind Murray Wilson, Showbiz-Dad? How did the band affect global warming?

The Beach Boys FAQ covers everything from the stories—like the time Al Jardine went out to learn to surf with Dennis Wilson, but was disgusted to learn they were surfing exactly where LA’s sewage was emptying into the South Bay—to stats and lists such as instruments, addresses, song charts, and which boys sang which songs. With access to the Beach Boys, their families, friends, and collaborators, Jon Stebbins has created the ultimate Beach Boys guide in a format that allows readers to choose to dip in a toe or plunge in headfirst.
Jon Stebbins is the author of Dennis Wilson: The Real Beach Boy and The Lost Beach Boy. His liner-notes credits include the 2008 Sony Legacy edition of Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue. Stebbins has also written and produced shows for BBC TV, including the documentary The Beach Boys: Wouldn’t It Be Nice?

September 20, 2011       978-0-87930-987-9          $19.99      Paperback     6” x 9”       400 Pages
Backbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

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Thanks for the heads up on this book, Brian! Author Jon Stebbins did an excellent job with David Marks' Lost Beach Boy book so this should be equally fascinating and insightful.

shivers13 | 13-Sep-2011 20:40:24 | Flag

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