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Surfin' Guitars: Instrumental Surf Bands Of The Sixties 3rd edition now available

Robert J. Dalley Publications proudly announces the release of Surfin' Guitars Instrumental Surf bands Of The Sixties. The printed 3rd edition is available on Amazon Create. You may order a copy at: https://createspace.com/5862474 for $59.95 plus shipping. This 420 page tome, regarded by many as the “bible of surf music”, has been fully revised and expanded to 59 surf groups from the 1960’s including Manuel & the Renegades, New Dimensions, Newport Nomads, Rhythm Kings, Surf Teens, Teenbeats, Trademarks, Vara-Tones, Velvetones and Zorba & the Greeks. Most of the photos, record LP covers, 45rpm labels and posters are now in color. Surfin' Guitars will soon be available to download as an E-book.

Thanks to all of you for your support, patience, suggestions and other contributions you have provided over the years since my book was first published in 1988. Enjoy and keep surf music alive!


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

Discover the History of Southern California Surf Music in New Book

Telling a story in pictures is Southern California Surf Music, 1960-1966, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by local author John Blair is set to release on April 6th, 2015. The book boasts vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases memories of days gone by.

Dick Dale & the Del-Tones began holding weekend dances at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, California, in the summer of 1960. Over the next year and a half, Dale developed the sound and style that came to be known as “surf music.” The result was the development of more powerful guitar amplifiers, a dramatic increase in the sales of Fender guitars and amplifiers, and a shift from New York to West Coast recording studios.

More and more people were drawn to the sport of surfing, which became an important part of teen beach culture at the time. Even landlocked teenagers were captured by the moment, carrying surfboards atop their woodies in Phoenix or bleaching their hair blonde in St. Paul. For hundreds of thousands of kids, though, the attraction was not the connection to surfing; it was the connection to the music pioneered by Dick Dale.

Southern California Surf Music, 1960–1966 features seldom seen archival photographs that illustrate the early history of this unique musical style.

About the Author of Southern California Surf Music, 1960-1966

John Blair has been collecting surf music recordings since 1961, beginning with Dick Dale’s Surfer’s Choice album. His first published writing was an interview with Dale in 1975. Over the years he has contributed articles to various record collector fanzines and mass market periodicals such as Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines. In 1978, he wrote and self-published the first edition of The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music. A fourth edition of the book was published in 2008. In 1990, he co-authored The Illustrated Discography of Hot-Rod Music with Stephen McParland, a noted surf music historian and discographer from Australia.

Blair has also contributed liner notes, archival material, and discographical information to many retrospective surf music compact disks, beginning with a compilation of Dick Dale recordings in 1989. In 1996, he co-produced the best-selling, Cowabunga: The Surf Box, for Rhino Records. Not content with just writing about surf music, he formed the surf instrumental band Jon & The Nightriders in 1979. The band has been credited with sparking a resurgence of popular interest in this type of music after several recordings and multiple tours of Europe during the 80s and 90s.

ARCADIA PUBLISHING ∙ PUBLISHERS OF LOCAL AND REGIONAL HISTORY BOOKS
420 Wando Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 ∙ Telephone: 843-853-2070 ∙ Facsimile: 843-853-0044 ∙ www.arcadiapublishing.com

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Beach Boys 1966 Tour picture book

The Beach Boys on Tour 1966: Surfboards, Stratocasters, Striped Shirts

160 pages book with pictures from the April to November 1966 tour around the world. 

Over 160 glossy pages of previously unpublished photos from The Beach Boys 1966 tour. Backstage, onstage, dressing room rehearsals... Foreword by founding member of The Beach Boys: Bruce Johnston.

I ordered my copy directly from Bill Balsa.

Price 39,95 plus p + p

best wishes from Germany

Ruediger


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?

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