The long awaited study of the seminal California Surfin' band and the culture that produced it. Timothy White's book is simultaneously a social history of the era and an intimate portrait of the group. Intertwined with the personal details of the band's members and their contemporaries is the evolution of California's music industry. Told by William Schallert. 3 hours, 2 cassettes.
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Timothy White is the editor in chief of Billboard magazine. Formally senior editor of Rolling Stone magazine.From Booklist:
The Beach Boys have come to be considered "America's band," but rock journalist White shows that that appellation is rather an affront to the nation. For the band, originally made up of the three Wilson brothers and a cousin, is nearly the ultimate in dysfunctional families. Its members' troubled personal relationships add poignancy to the story of how leader Brian Wilson turned his idyllic childhood of cars, surf, girls, and sports into fodder for a string of hits celebrating a romantic conception of California. Drawing on his long acquaintance with the Beach Boys and interviews with three generations of the Wilson family, White makes his band chronicle also function as a social history of modern California as he tells how the brothers' grandfather was lured from Kansas by Sunkist advertising and as he interpolates vivid descriptions of California culture into the account of the group's long passage from teen-idol status to played-out oldies vendor. There are already several Beach Boys books, but White's is the best researched and the most insightful on the music and its cultural significance. Gordon Flagg
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Book Description B&B Audio Books, 1995. Audio Book (Cassette). Book Condition: New. 1995 Audio Book on Tape , STILL SEALED in original box. BRAND NEW from 1995 publisher. Never opened, Never played, Never marked. Abridged Running time approximately 3 hours on 2 tapes . This is the great study of The Beach Boys . the definitive California surf band . and the culture that produced it . Simultaneously a social history of the era of the 60s . and an intimate look at the group . Intertwined with the personal details of the band members . and their friends and contemporaries . is the evolution of the 'California Sound' & California's music industry . ' Brian Wilson turned his childhood dream of cool cars, surf, girls, and sports into fodder for a string of hits celebrating a romantic conception of California. Drawing on his long acquaintance with the Beach Boys and interviews with three generations of the Wilson family, White makes his band chronicle also function as a social history of modern California with vivid descriptions of California culture along with the true story of the group's long passage from teen-idol status ' . " The Nearest Faraway Place " . by Timothy White . This true story is exceptionally well voiced by William Schallert , long time character actor in Hollywood and staple on 50s & 60s Television, who was in the Elvis film Speedway, and also in the films The Jerk, In the Heat of the Night; and on TV in Star Trek, Room 222, Hawaii Five-O; and on the Dobie Gillis, the Lucy, the Andy Griffith, and the Dick Van Dyke shows, among many others . " The Nearest Faraway Place - Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and the Southern California Experience " . 1995 Audio Book on Tape . 2 tapes still sealed in original publisher's shrinkwrap . Written by Timothy White, read by William Schallert. *** Securely packed for Safe shipping, since 1965 *** 4 x 7 x 3/4". Bookseller Inventory # 2595