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Editor's Choice: Recommended Surf Music Items

The following items are not affiliated with in any way. However the staff at SurfGuitar101 strongly recommends them to all surf music fans. Check them out and tell them SG101 sent you!

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

Surfin' Guitars

Robert J. Dalley Publications proudly announces the release of Surfin' Guitars: Instrumental Surf Bands Of The Sixties. The printed 3rd edition is available at 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! Bob Dalley

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Southern California Surf Music, 1960-1965

Southern California Surf Music

Southern California Surf Music, 1960-1965, is the new book by John Blair, noted surf historian and leader of the surf revival band Jon & The Nightriders.

The early 1960s was a great time for kids in Southern California who experienced the explosion of surf music beginning with Dick Dale & The Del-Tones at the Rendezvous Ballroom. Weekends were for dancing at the Rendezvous, Harmony Park, Revelaire Club, or the Retail Clerk's Hall. The Belairs, Eddie & The Showmen, The Challengers, Tornadoes, Chantays, Surfaris, and hundreds more surf bands plied their trade and created a cultural sensation in the process. Here's the story of how that happened. Many seldom seen photographs, some never before published.

Order now at John Blair's website.

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Pounding Surf - “The Original Full-Length Surf Music Documentary”

The Pounding Surf is an amazing DVD with two complete features: A Drummer's Guide to Surf Music, a colorful history of the surf music genre which features great live performances and interviews with key figures, hosted by surf guitar pioneer Paul Johnson from the Belairs. The second part is The Art of Surf Drumming, which is an instructional video for drummers with tips and lessons from four great drummers!

Please be assured: this package is NOT just for drummers — it’s for everyone who loves good music! What started out as just a simple idea for a “surf drum instruction video” has ended up as a much larger concept. Paul Johnson

Watch the trailer now:

Ordering information is coming soon!

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The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music 1961-1965

John Blair, the lead guitar player for legendary surf revival band Jon & The Nightriders, has put together the definitive guide to the hundreds of singles and albums from surf music's golden era of 1961-165. Now in its fourth edition, this book features more information, an expanded index, and color photos. Foreword by Dick Dale, the King of the Surf Guitar himself!

Order now at John Blair's website.

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Reverb Junkies

Reverb Junkies is a high-energy feature film documenting the current surf music scene in southern California.

Reverb Junkies takes you inside this little known sub-genre of Rock and Roll. This documentary introduces you to some of the people playing the fastest, hottest instrumental music around and to the rabid fans of all ages who are driven to keep the music alive.

Editor's note: Some of the people featured in this film are also members of!

View the trailer here:

Order from the Reverb Junkies website. T-shirts are now available as well!

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