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Author: Keith Badman; Tony Bacon
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Backbeat Books, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Chronicles the history of The Beach Boys from 1961 to 1976, with photographs, studio logs, magazine articles, personal narratives, and other resources exploring the band's development, influence on American culture, personal relationships, concert appearances, and friendships.

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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Badman; Tony Bacon
ISBN: 0879308184 9780879308186
OCLC Number: 56611695
Description: 399 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: 1961 In Hawthorne, California 8 --
Al Jardine and Brian Wilson start to play music with Mike Love, Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson as The Pendletones --
The group records demos and then masters, including 'Surfin', at music-publisher Hite Morgan's studio in Los Angeles --
'Surfin' single released on Candix label and credited to The Beach Boys --
The newly-named group begins playing concerts --
1962 Al Jardine leaves 18 --
The Beach Boys and David Marks replaces him --
Capitol Records signs the group --
First Capitol single 'Surfin' Safari' released --
First major tour is a 40-date Midwest jaunt --
First Capitol album Surfin' Safari recorded and released --
Capitol agrees to Brian's bold suggestion that he should produce the group and record them in non-Capitol studios --
1963 First serious sessions 30 --
At Western Recorders, Hollywood, and Gold Star, Los Angeles, which become the group's favourite studios from now --
Second album Surfin' USA recorded and released, hitting number 2 in the charts --
US television debut --
'Surfin' USA' peaks at number 3, the group's first Top Ten single --
Brian begins to miss some live performances, and embarks on sole production of Beach Boys sessions, often using session musicians --
Surfer Girl album recorded and released --
David Marks leaves the group --
Brian plays more live shows until Al Jardine rejoins the group --
Little Deuce Coupe album recorded and released --
1964 Shut Down Volume 2 album 46 --
Recorded and released --
First overseas tour, to Australia and New Zealand, supporting Roy Orbison --
'Fun Fun Fun' single hits US number 5 --
Brian detects worrying competition as Beatlemania hits America --
All Summer Long album recorded and released, with Brian determined to demonstrate the group's musical strengths --
Murry Wilson is fired as manager --
'I Get Around' is the group's first number 1 single --
Christmas Album recorded and released --
Concert album recorded and released, their first number 1 LP --
'When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)' and 'Dance Dance Dance' singles recorded and released --
Sessions begin for Today! album --
Promotional tour of the UK and live dates in Europe --
Brian shows strain as the group's success demands ever-busier schedules; he suffers a nervous breakdown and withdraws from live shows --
Glen Campbell steps in at short notice as Brian's replacement on stage --
1965 Recording sessions 80 --
For Today! album continue --
Brian announces he will cease to appear on stage with the group and intends to focus on composition and studio production --
Glen Campbell plays more dates as Brian's stage replacement --
Today! album released, with a whole side of Brian's 'new music' --
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) album recorded and released --
'Help Me Rhonda' is the group's second number 1 single --
Bruce Johnston takes over as a permanent replacement for Brian on live shows and also starts contributing to recording sessions --
'California Girls' is a US number 3 single --
Unplugged Party! album recorded and released --
Brian installs his piano in a sandbox at his new Beverly Hills home --
'The Girl I Once Knew' single recorded and released --
Recordings are begun that will end up on next year's Pet Sounds album --
Brian hears The Beatles' new Rubber Soul album, considers it a challenge, and starts writing songs with lyricist Tony Asher --
'Barbara Ann' is a US number 2 and UK number 3 single --
1966 The group 106 --
Makes their first tour of Japan --
Meanwhile in California, Brian officially starts work in the studio with the regular session team for the new album, which becomes Pet Sounds --
Between tours and one-off dates the rest of the group gathers for vocal recordings --
Sessions begin for 'Good Vibrations' --
'Caroline No' single released, credited to Brian Wilson --
'Sloop John B' single and Pet Sounds album released --
Brian begins writing songs with Van Dyke Parks, and sessions start to record their 'Heroes And Villains' --
'Good Vibrations' sessions continue --
Best Of album released less than two months after Pet Sounds --
Sessions begin for a new album, Smile, which Capitol schedules for Christmas release --
'Good Vibrations' is at last completed and released, and goes to number 1 --
Plans begin to create group's own Brother Records --
The touring band plays in Europe as 'Heroes & Villains' and Smile sessions continue in California --
The group expresses unease with Brian's musical direction and he becomes uncertain about the Smile album; Capitol postpones its release until next year --
1967 Sessions for Smile 170 --
And 'Heroes And Villains' continue --
Beach Boys file a lawsuit against Capitol for 'missing' royalties --
Brian plans a studio in his new Bel Air home --
Brian and songwriting partner Van Dyke Parks part company --
Inside Pop CBS TV documentary airs with Brian performing 'Surf's Up' --
European tour --
Smile album is abandoned --
Work on Smiley Smile album starts, mostly at Brian's new home studio --
'Heroes And Villains' is finally completed --
Beach Boys do not make their scheduled appearance at Monterey Pop festival --
Capitol dispute is settled and Brother Records is announced --
'Heroes And Villains' single makes US number 12 and UK number 8 --
'Gettin' Hungry' single, credited to Brian & Mike, fails to chart --
Smiley Smile album released, baffling fans and critics and charting at a disappointing US number 41 --
Wild Honey album is recorded, once more largely at Brian's home studio and with the group now playing their own instruments again --
Wild Honey album is released --
The group's critical hipness and record sales are in decline --
1968 The group 210 --
And especially Mike, become enthralled by the Maharishi and Transcendental Meditation --
Recording sessions are held for the Friends album --
Mike flies to India to study alongside The Beatles with the Maharishi --
The group's Southern US tour is largely cancelled or re-scheduled following the murder of Martin Luther King --
Dennis meets Charles Manson --
A mostly ill-attended Beach Boys US tour with the Maharishi is halted after just seven dates --
Sessions take place for 20/20 album --
Friends album released, but its chart peak at 126 marks the group's worst sales performance to date --
'Do It Again' single makes US number 20 and a UK number 1 --
In a bizarre attempt to boost the group's flagging US sales, Capitol releases the Stack-o-Tracks backing-tracks-only album --
European tour takes place, with London performances recorded for a future live album --
1969 Recording sessions 238 --
Begin for a new album, to become next year's Sunflower --
20/20 album released --
'I Can Hear Music' single makes US number 24 and UK number 10 --
The Beach Boys' record label Brother Records is again launched --
Brian announces that the group has severe financial problems, soon denied by Bruce --
European tour takes place, including dates in Czechoslovakia --
On tour in London, Carl spots South African group The Flames that includes future Beach Boys Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar --
'Break Away' single makes US number 63 and UK number 6 --
Capitol contract expires with one album still due --
Deal with German label Deutsche Grammophon fails --
Sessions for the album that becomes Sunflower continue --
The Beach Boys sign a new recording contract with Warner/Reprise --
Murry Wilson sells entire publishing rights to the group's original songs --
1970 Sessions conclude 260 --
For Sunflower album, the first version of which is rejected by new label Warner/Reprise --
Re-recordings and new work follow in the studio --
Tour of New Zealand and Australia --
'Cotton Fields' single fails to chart in the US but goes to number 2 in the UK and number 1 in Australia --
Last Capitol album Live In London released in UK --
Warner/Reprise rejects a further version of the new album --
Pressure builds as US-only single 'Slip On Through' fails to chart --
Warner/Reprise finally accepts the group's revised master tape and the Sunflower album is subsequently released to good reviews but poor sales --
Jack Rieley becomes The Beach Boys' new manager --
Dennis is filmed for his appearances in the Two-Lane Blacktop movie --
Sessions start for next album, to become Surf's Up --
The group plays two acclaimed sets at the Big Sur festival in California that mark a return to critical hipness --
European tour, with support from Blondie and Ricky's group, subtly renamed as The Flame --
1971 Recordings continue 286 --
For Surf's Up album --
Dennis injures his hand badly in an accident and will not play drums again until 1974 --
Ricky Fataar takes Dennis's place on the drum stool for live dates --
Surf's Up album released --
The hip-again Beach Boys make the cover of Rolling Stone --
Sessions begin for the next album, to become Carl And The Passions --
"So Tough" --
1972 The group decides 300 --
To shift their recording base from Los Angeles to The Netherlands --
Drummer Ricky Fataar and guitarist Blondie Chaplin officially join The Beach Boys --
Sessions continue in California for the new album Carl And The Passions --
"So Tough" --
Bruce Johnston leaves the group --
Carl And The Passions album released --
Sessions start in The Netherlands for a new album, which becomes Holland --
Warner/Reprise rejects the first version of Holland and so the group replaces 'We Got Love' with the more commercial 'Sail On Sailor' --
1973 Holland album 324 --
Released, including Brian's Mount Vernon And Fairway EP --
'Sail On Sailor' single released --
Murry Wilson dies of a heart attack at 56 --
Brian withdraws further from the world while the live band continues to tour --
In Concert double-album released, becoming the group's first gold record for Warner/Reprise --
Blondie Chaplin leaves The Beach Boys --
1974 Chicago's producer/manager 334.
Responsibility: Keith Badman ; editor, Tony Bacon.


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