July 23, 2006

Is there anything else to say about the Beach Boys?

Bruce Handy thinks not, judging by Peter Ames Carlin's "Catch a Wave." So why is there another book on the subject? Handy has a grip on that:
I must own 40 books about the Beatles, another 30 about Bob Dylan, and maybe 20 more about Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Then there are the CD’s and DVD’s by these artists overflowing my meager New York City shelf space, not to mention the back issues of Mojo and Uncut piled up beside my bed. (Those are popular British music magazines that pretty much cover only 60’s bands, though they occasionally leaven the mix with stories about contemporary groups like the Clash.) All of which raises questions: How many live versions of “Gotta Serve Somebody” do I really need to own? How much more insight do I need into Ringo’s reasons for briefly quitting during the “White Album” sessions? Am I not an adult? What’s wrong with me?
And I thought I had a thing about the 60s. I'm sure I haven't read more than 10 books about the Beatles, 5 about Bob Dylan, and 3 about the Beach Boys.

19 comments:

panther33 said...

Anyone who refers to the Clash, who broke up 20 years ago, as a "contemporary group" definitely has a thing for the 60's.

Jeff said...

Nobody ever went broke overestimating the 6o's absorption of the boomers!

Ron said...

I catharticly purged this mental illness by sending my Beatles Recording Sessions book to George Martin for him to sign. I'm glad I did, and I'm grateful for him signing it, but when I got it back, I thought, "Ok, that's enough of that sort of thing!" Haven't got a book of that type since.

SippicanCottage said...

At this point -- interrupt me if I'm speaking out of turn, and the feeling is not unanimous and universal-- I really think we can begin to at least consider referring to them as The Beach Men, now.

Bruce Hayden said...

The ones who are left, probably better, the Beach Old Men. I remember seeing them live at Red Rocks (here in CO) on their 25th anniversary tour, and that was before I went to law school in the late 1980s.

Ann Althouse said...

You know, "Beach" was always a misnomer...

Johnny Nucleo said...

I can understand 60s obsession, especially when it comes to music. If rock and roll is your thing, it really was all done perfectly and completely in the sixties.

Svolich said...

In 1962 I was 4 years old, we lived on Bodger Ave. in Hawthorn, CA. The local Red Cross had a program to teach little kids how to swim. They'd send an instructor out to someone's back yard pool, and 3 or 4 kids from the neighborhood would learn to dogpaddle.

I learned to swim in the Wilson's pool. While we were swimming the boys were practicing in the garage.

The house is long gone, swallowed up by the 105 freeway. I have a daughter about to graduate high school, some of my school friends are grandparents. Yes, they are the Beach Old Men. But to me they're still chlorine and water wings, clumsy Chuck Berry guitar, and 50/50 bars on the way home..

Mary said...

Hmm... the Red Cross instructors used water wings in teaching kids to do the doggie paddle, Svolich?

Something about this story too sounds phoney baloney. You're not competing with Sippican for the bmob contest, are you?

johnstodderinexile said...

Yes, there is one more Beach Boys book to be written. The world could use the story of the session musicians who showed up to work each day and helped Brian Wilson make "Pet Sounds," and songs like "Good Vibrations," "Heroes and Villains" and "California Girls."

Some of these same musicians punched the clock for Phil Spector, too. Their perspective on these two whacked-out geniuses of the recording studio would be worth reading.

Ron said...

I kinda like "Beach Geezers."

SippicanCottage said...

Mary - I would prefer it, if for the sake of comity, you would refrain from making any additional remarks about me, and I will return the favor.

Mary said...

No deal, Sippican.
Take responsibility for your comments -- no free passes.
Think before you write, and you'll be better prepared to defend against criticism. Can't delete or run away from everyone who challenges your words, right?

SippicanCottage said...

Mary- My name and my location is on my blog. You are an anonymous harpie one step from Deb Frisch. Who is taking responsibility for their comments, exactly?

I will ask you one more time. Please refrain from referring to me, my children, and my comments. I will do the same for you. It's common courtesy.

Mary said...

Dude,
everything about pools, chlorine, and water wings is not about your child. If there is an allergic nut discussion here too, it's not necessarily about your child. You used that excuse once; don't try to play people that way twice. (You really are coming across as part of the concerned "Mommmy party" though.)

Mary said...

And if you think I have any desire to contact you in person or know your location, do think again.

(ps. My name is Mary so I guess I'm portraying myself more accurately here than you, eh, Mr. Cottage? Don't know any Deb's either.)

Ann Althouse said...

Mary: As I have written on other posts. You are now banned from this blog. Any additional comments, including a response to this one will be regarded as harassment.

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