Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

My Life as A Beach Boy

Large Print - 2016
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As a founding member of The Beach Boys, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary fifty-five years, and counting, as the group's lead singer and one of its principal lyricists. The Beach Boys, from their California roots to their international fame, are a unique American story -- one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, betrayal, and forgiveness -- and Love is the only band member to be part of it each and every step. His own story has never been fully told, of how a sheet-metal apprentice became the quintessential front man for America's most successful rock band, singing in more than 5,600 concerts in 26 countries. Love describes the stories behind his lyrics for pop classics such as "Good Vibrations," "California Girls," "Surfin' USA," and "Kokomo," while providing portraits of the turbulent lives of his three gifted cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson. His partnership with Brian has few equals in American pop music, though Mike has carved out a legacy of his own -- he co-wrote the lyrics to eleven of the twelve original Beach Boy songs that were top 10 hits while providing the lead vocals on ten of them. The band's durability also provides a glimpse into America's changing cultural mores over the past half century, while Love himself has experienced both the diabolical and the divine -- from Charles Manson's "family" threatening his life to Maharishi instilling it with peace.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410494177
Branch Call Number: LT 782.42166 L8975L
Characteristics: 679 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Oct 25, 2018

If you are at all familiar with the 1960s American pop sensations, the Beach Boys, then, these memoirs, written by the band's singer/lyricist, Mike Love, should definitely be of some significant interest to you.

In "Good Vibrations" Love candidly recalls all of the highs and all of the lows of being a founding member of one of the most popular American bands in rock'n'roll history.

Also included in this book is 24 pages of photographs.

Mar 04, 2018

In "Good Vibrations" (published in 2016) - (singer/lyricist) Mike Love (75 at the time) tells his long-untold story of what it was like being one of the founding members of the Beach Boys, who were one of America's most successful rock bands, ever.

Through plenty of insight and wit - Love fondly recalls the band's formative years, as well as their staggering transition (seemingly overnight) into international fame.

In between life's many ups & downs - Love comes forward and openly talks about his turbulent association with his 3 musically-gifted cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson.

All-in-all - "Good Vibrations" gives the inquisitive reader a vivid glimpse into America's ever-changing mores over the past half-century.

This book also includes a 24-page photo gallery of both colour and b&w stills.

Jan 08, 2018

The Beach Boys, the feel-good California rock band who hit the airwaves in the early 60s and made kids everywhere want to surf, have remained a continual favorite for decades. Their story has often been told, as that of the band of brothers led by a tormented genius and browbeaten to early success by their jealous father, who then screwed them over. The tale of the Beach Boys is so much more than that, and this time Mike Love, front man and cousin of the Wilson brothers, takes his turn. In this even-handed retelling of his experience with the band, Love seeks to set straight old rumors and falsehoods that have become cemented as reality, and shares his experience as a songwriter who could come up with the clever hooks and catchy lyrics, but was overshadowed in the perpetuation of the myth of the singular genius of Brian Wilson. Love does a good job of stating his side of the story in an honest fashion, admitting his own mistakes while sharing his frustration at how he was treated at the hands of the music industry and the greediness of others. An enjoyable read.

Apr 08, 2017

Mike Love just out-wrote Peter Ames Carlin AND Brian Wilson in the storytelling department by at least 2 country miles. Mike's book is thoughtful, entertaining, and in some cases a little jaw dropping, as he spurns detailed tales about The Beach Boys. Mike also covers a lot of ground in regards to entertainment law, and the music biz in general. Very informative. (and I thought CCR and The Beatles had publishing problems). I saw Mike Love and the Beach Boys last year in Vcr. Great show. I just hope I can hold back the emotional tear tonight at The QE watching Brian Wilson. I always say the story of the Beach Boys had a happy ending.....God Only Knows......


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