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The Beach Boys: Helping People Find That Perfect Wave

Michael Gross, Zoo World, 24 October 1974

MIKE LOVE, a Beach Boy, sits under a tent backstage at Roosevelt Stadium in New Jersey. The tent breeds flies like Northern Jersey breeds bad odors, but no flies go near Mike Love. He wears a straw panama hat. His beard is carefully trimmed. The fact that the girl at his side is not blonde scratches the veneer of perfect unity but does not make it crumble. Love spoons vegetable salad out of an avocado.

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