Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys: The Songs That Tell Their Story

Mark Dillon. ECW, $19.95 (360p) ISBN 978-1-77041-071-8
This anthology details the Beach Boys’ story through the origins, production, , and achievements of each of the 50 songs addressed by the text. Dillon, an entertainment journalist in Toronto, includes interviews and commentary about the Beach Boys’ music from not only members of the group, like Brian Wilson and Mike Love, but also other prominent entertainers who claim the band as an influence: The Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian, country musician Lyle Lovett, actress and singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel, and heavy metal rocker Alice Cooper, to name just a few. This incorporation of various generational perspectives from the pasts of so many artists, collaborators, and producers propels the book from a detailed history to a vivid account of the group’s cultural influence since their start. Dillon intertwines the inspiration for and production of the songs with accounts of the band’s turbulent and emotional past, such as Murry Wilson’s overbearing control over his sons, and Brian and Dennis Wilson’s struggles with substance abuse, telling the Beach Boys’ story through the window that is their music. Well-written and relevant to today’s music scene, young and old fans alike will enjoy Dillon’s collection as the band commences its 50th Anniversary Tour this summer. B&w photos throughout. Agent: Hilary McMahon, Westwood Creative Artists. (June) 
Reviewed on: 04/30/2012
Release date: 06/01/2012
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