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Mister Optimism: Mike Love Talks

Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2008

OVER 45 YEARS have passed since three Californian brothers and their first cousin formed a rocking little combo that harmonized angelically on classic songs about surfing, girls, and hot rod automobiles. Two of the Wilson brothers are gone now; the third effected a remarkable comeback from the hell of mental illness. First cousin Mike Love, meanwhile, is the Beach Boy who kept the summer – and the brand – alive.

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