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A Hard Day's Surfin' Safari: When Brian Met Macca

Memoir by Derek Taylor, World Countdown News, 1967

When Beatles press officer Derek Taylor swapped Swinging Britain for LA's Sunset Strip in 1965, he played a pivotal part in bringing the worlds of ...

The Beach Boys: I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

"SOME KAHLUA, we need a coupla pitchers of milk..." "Send up a bottle of milk. O.K., cartons. Four cartons. And some honey. And a coffee. ...

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Nik Venet (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, Summer 1993

From his youth in '50s Baltimore to involvement with Linda Ronstadt and the Canyon Cowboys in '70s L.A., via Kim Fowley, his time at World Pacific and Capitol including producing the Beach Boys and much more: the music biz veteran tells the whole story.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 103.6mb, total interview length: 1h 53' 08" sound quality: ***

The Beach Boys (2012)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2012

Messrs Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnstone and David Marks look back at the old days, from the Surf era through Pet Sounds and into the '70s: the songs, the sounds, the good times and bad.

File format: mp3; file size: 64.8mb, interview length: 1h 10' 48" sound quality: ****

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Let's Go Surfin'...

Report by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, July 1963

Peter Jones takes a close look at the latest U.S. craze to hit the scene ...

The Beach Boys: In The Space Age Will It Be Surf?

Report and Interview by Vicki Wickham, Fabulous, January 1965

Will it be Surf in the Space Age? Well, The Beach Boys are pioneers of this new sound. They combine the satin-smooth feeling of the ...

Beach Boys' Fame Just Grew and Grew!

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, February 1966

THE FIVE Californian Beach Boys – Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine – began their music career with little intention of ...

Some Producers' Hints From Beach Boy Brian

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, April 1966

FOR THE LAST few weeks, we have been speaking with various record producers exclusively in The BEAT in an effort to take The BEAT'S readers ...

The Beach Boys: Complex and Intricate

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, May 1966

"THE BEACH Boys' ambassador in tennis shoes," as their publicist Derek Taylor so aptly describes new group member Bruce Johnston, surfed into the Waldorf Hotel ...

The Beach Boys: Verdict On Pet Sounds

Interview by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, July 1966

The most progressive pop album ever? Or as sickly as peanut butter? Pop people reply ...

Hit Parader's Letter From London

Column by Miranda Ward, Hit Parader, October 1966

A FEW WEEKS ago when I met the KINKS for a drink, PETE QUAIFE ruined my stockings! The pub was crowded and in the crush ...

Beach Boys Sensational Visit

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1966

MY FIRST MISTAKE was trying to escape from London airport on Sunday morning, through approximately a thousand fans, with drummer Dennis Wilson, whom I later ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys' Crazy Last Night!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1966

AMONG those getting in each others' way in the Beach Boys' dressing room at Hammersmith Odeon on Monday night were publicist Derek Taylor (minus moustache), ...

The Beach Boys News Special

Report and Interview by Mike Grant, Rave, February 1967

FOR THE Beach Boys, '67 should be the year of new sounds. ...

Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Them, Beach Boys, Kinks et al: Singles Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1967

A multitude of newies this week including Presley, Dylan, & Beach Boys ...

The Beach Boys, Helen Shapiro: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1967

Happy Beach Boys sing the single they don't like ...

Beach Boy Defies Draft, Would Rather Go To Jail

Report by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, May 1967

CARL WILSON of the Beach Boys has decided to risk jail rather than report for induction into the Army. ...

Dennis Wilson: We Just Want To Be A Good Group

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, June 1967

Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson is, according to Brian, "The most messed up person I know. He's too nervous. He has to keep moving all ...

The Beach Boys: Smiley Smile (Capitol)

Review by Wesley Laine, Record Mirror, October 1967

BEACH BOY fans will be delighted with the new LP Smiley Smile. At least, that is if (a) the record is released in the American ...

California!

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Listener, The, November 1967

2012 NOTE: In the third (and last) column below written for The Listener in late 1967, I tried to begin to grope towards construction ...

Murry Wilson: 'If The Beach Boys Realize Their Dad Is On The Ball, They'll Work Harder!'

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1967

ARRIVING at the Hilton Hotel to talk to Murry Wilson, I phoned his room to enquire as to whether I could go up and start ...

Records of the Year: The Beatles, The Beach Boys

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1968

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band THIS ONE has historical value as a milestone in pop music, and in the art of recording, so ...

The Maharishi, The Beach Boys and the Heathens

Report by Loraine Alterman, New York Magazine, March 1968

"IN BALTIMORE last night in the middle of the Maharishi's talk, a kid got up and yelled 'Maharishi, you're full of it'." Beach Boy Bruce ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys Meet Elvis

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1968

THE BEACH Boys meet Elvis! Beach Boys tour with London Philharmonic Orchestra? Bruce Johnston sings Lennon and McCartney! Beach Boys to do rock 'n' roll ...

The Beach Boys: A Brave New World – Through Pop

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1968

IT'S GOING to be a Brave New World through pop. That's the hope of men like George Harrison, Donovan and Mike Love, bearded, humourous hell-raiser ...

Villains and Heroes: In Defense of the Beach Boys

Essay by Gene Sculatti, Jazz & Pop, September 1968

BRIAN WILSON AND COMPANY are currently at the center of an intense contemporary rock controversy, involving the academic "rock as art" critic-intellectuals, the AM-tuned teenies, ...

Beach Boys Pulled Out Of Doldrums

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express Annual, December 1968

WITHER The Beach Boys in 1969? The group that produced 'Good Vibrations' and 'God Only Knows' have never quite recaptured the magic of those halcyon ...

Dennis Wilson: 'I Live With 17 Girls'

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1968

SAID DENNIS WILSON, a bemused frown on his face: "I don't know why I'm telling you all this..." Well, whatever Dennis's reasons (if any), the ...

Dennis Wilson

Interview by Keith Altham, Rave, May 1969

DENNIS WILSON is the walking contradiction in the Beach Boys, who provides the motor for the group with his powerhouse percussion and unlimited energy. Dennis ...

The Continuing Story Of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson

Interview by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, July 1969

...and his house of seventeen women. RM'S Lon Goddard reports from the loo!!! ...

Beach Boy Mike Would Love To Convert You

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, July 1969

Richard Green Tries A Spot Of Meditation ...

Staying Home: Brian Wilson

Report and Interview by Derek Grant, Melody Maker, November 1970

"IT WAS A MISTAKE but I had to try it. After about half an hour I realised I couldn't go on. My ears hurt, I ...

Brian Wilson/The Beach Boys - A Celebration Of Wild Honey: a discussion with David Anderle

Book Excerpt by Paul Williams, Outlaw Blues, 1971

WHEN DAVID ANDERLE AND I BEGAN our discussion of Brian Wilson, we had just finished listening to Wild Honey (the Beach Boys, Capitol Records, November ...

Beach Boys: A Reappraisal

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, May 1971

IT'S PROBABLY pouring with rain by now, but the sunny days we were vouchsafed by the Almighty last week prompted me – and almost certainly ...

The Beach Boys: Vancouver 1969

Interview by Mike Quigley, Georgia Straight, The, July 1971

This interview with Al Jardine, Carl Wilson, Mike Love and Bruce Johnson was recorded in January 1969. ...

The Beach Boys: Surf's Up

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 1972

HERE'S ONE that won't disappoint anybody at all. Suddenly the Beach Boys are back in fashionable favour, and they've produced an album which fully backs ...

The Beach Boys: Carl And The Passions – So Tough (Reprise)

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, May 1972

It's become increasingly evident that the Beach Boys are dead serious about shedding their hedonistic California surf-cars-and-fun stand for a more "contemporary" image. Surf's Up ...

The Beach Boys: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1972

I AM, it should be emphasised, a Beach Boys freak from way back, to 'Wendy' and 'Surfin' U.S.A.', through Pet Sounds to Surfs Up, and ...

The Beach Boys: With Love And Good Vibes part 1

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1972

THE BEACH BOYS are the most successful and oldest working rock and roll band on the road today and this is a crucial year in ...

The Beach Boys: With Love And Good Vibes part 2

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1972

THE FINAL part of Keith Altham's interview with Beach Boy Mike Love. Last week Love talked about the group's involvement with transcendental meditation. Now he ...

The Beach Boys: Holland (Brother/Reprise)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 1973

YOU HAVE JUST a fortnight to save up before this record hits the stores – and buy it you should, for it contains more fun ...

The Beach Boys: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, 1973

THE HOLLYWOOD Palladium had its chandeliers rattled Friday evening when the legendary Beach Boys performed before a sold-out audience of full-fledged, out-and-out surfers. A long ...

The Beach Boys: Holland (Warner)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, January 1973

DESPITE MY better judgment, I temporarily dropped my rock n' roll-cynic persona, used when confronting 90 per cent of what is going down in music ...

The Beach Boys #1: The Perfect Wave

Discography by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, March 1973

"I love to make records that my friends like to hear." – BRIAN WILSON ...

The Beach Boys #2: The Exiles Return

Discography by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, March 1973

THE SECOND and concluding part of Jonh Ingham's retrospective look at the Beach Boys covers the '66 to '73 period. ...

The Beach Boys: A California Saga

Essay by Gene Sculatti, Greg Shaw, Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, May 1973

The Revival of Coastal Consciousness featuring The Beach Boys, Dean Torrance, California, American Spring ...

The Beach Boys: California Dreamin'

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, May 1973

IT WAS ALL a California Vision come to life. Pure and simple. Speeding down from the Hollywood Hills, leaving behind all the emaciated refugees on ...

Surfin' USA

Retrospective by Gene Sculatti, Let It Rock, August 1973

THOUGH it’s hard to believe, there actually was a time when youth simply signified non-adult status. Adults and youth each held to their own preferences, ...

The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations In The Rain

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1973

The Beach Boys: Convention Centre, Anaheim, California ...

The Beach Boys: Smiley Smile and Friends

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Reprise Records, 1974

Oddly enough, while thumbing through my record collection for these two albums, so that I might fashion a more perfect set of introductory notes, I ...

The Beach Boys: Wild Honey and 20/20

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Reprise Records, 1974

Somewhere right now someone is listening to the Beach Boys for the very first time. And somewhere else, someone is playing a Beach Boys record ...

The Beach Boys: At The Anaheim Convention Center, California

Live Review by Gene Sculatti, Phonograph Record, January 1974

WHERE ELSE could the Beach Boys preface a performance of 'Surfer Girl' with, "on our way down here tonight, we passed within two blocks of ...

The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys On Tour (Warner Bros. Import)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, January 1974

WELL NOW, there are live albums and there are live albums. ...

The Beach Boys: Endless Summer (Capitol)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, September 1974

NO SUMMER WOULD BE complete without a Beach Boys reissue. These last couple of years, with Warner Bros. working on the post-Pet Sounds material and ...

The Beach Boys: Helping People Find That Perfect Wave

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Zoo World, 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 ...

The Beach Boys: Wild Honey, 20/20 and Endless Summer

Review by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, November 1974

CAPITOL HAS BEEN repackaging the Beach Boys for a long time, but they haven't done a good job of it since Best Of Volumes I, ...

The Beach Boys: Hello Bruce, this is Bruce, Bruce

Interview by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, December 1974

GIVE BRUCE Johnston credit; he isn't put off his chosen path easily. ...

The Beach Boys: Stepping Out Of The Surf

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, December 1974

LOS ANGELES; "Last week in Vancouver we sold out the Canadian National Exhibition Hall twice. We had 17,500 for each show and over 5,000 additional ...

The Beach Boys, Jesse Colin Young: Santa Barbara University, CA

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, April 1975

"I WISH they all could be California girllls," the Beach Boys sang on a sunny and high spirited Sunday afternoon. It was the perfect setting ...

The Beach Boys: Spirit Of America

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, May 1975

ANOTHER SUMMER, another Beach Boys anthology. It never ends, does it? All you kids who bought Endless Summer last year can now buy Spirit of ...

The Beach Boys: Wild Honey and Friends

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, June 1975

IN THE GRAND old tradition of milking every last drop from The Beach Boys' catalogue comes this double coupling of the '67-'68 albums Wild Honey ...

Beachago: The Beach Boys meet Chicago

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1975

PERHAPS THE MOST the most interesting side-effect of the depression in the United States has been the decision of two potential headliners to go out ...

Brian Wilson: The Last Beach Movie part 1

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, June 1975

THE INCIDENT MUST HAVE occured a little over a year ago. Paul McCartney, complete with the inevitable Linda, had just flown into Los Angeles – ...

Brian Wilson: The Last Beach Movie part 2

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, June 1975

PET SOUNDS was about to be released when Derek Taylor was taken on The Beach Boys' pay-roll. 750 dollars for dealing with the group's publicity. ...

The Beach Boys and The Eagles at Wembley Stadium

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, June 1975

"HI, WE'RE THE Eagles from Los Angeles." Well that was a fact as predictable as the set those five gentleman dished up, a kind of ...

The Beach Boys

Comment by Mitchell Cohen, Phonograph Record, July 1975

"THIS IS A SERIOUS surfing song," Mike Love announces from the stage of Madison Square Garden and the Beach Boys launch into a lively rendition ...

Brian Wilson: The Last Beach Movie part 3

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, July 1975

EARLY MARCH 1975: The clapper-board reads "The Last Beach Movie – The Brian Wilson Story" Take 96, and our camera zooms in on the exterior ...

Spirit Of America: A Beach Boys Retrospective

Retrospective by Michael Gross, Circus, August 1975

Never have two monster groups been so united as the Beach Boys/Chicago tandem which is touring America like blood brothers. ...

Wilson Returns!

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1976

A NEW studio album is in the works, Brian Wilson is back in business and the Beach Boys are planning to visit England in late ...

Bruce Johnston : This is it, Brucie baby - you and the Beach Boys suck...

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

Bruce Johnston is a most unusual interviewee. Never before have I met a musician who’s immediately aware and co-operative in terms of the journalist’s side ...

The Beach Boys: America Celebrates

Report by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, June 1976

"This is gonna be the most outrageous summer story of all"– Mike Love ...

The Beach Boys: 15 Big Ones

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, July 1976

THE FIRST new Beach Boys studio album in three years. Fifteen big ones celebrating 15 years of Beach Boys on their 23rd album (not counting ...

The Beach Boys: 15 Big Ones (Reprise)

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, July 1976

WHAT THE little deuce coupe is goin' on round here? ...

Brian Wilson, part 1

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, July 1976

The Beach Boys' main man climbs out of the sandbox and explains how he got off the Endless Bummer. ...

Brian Wilson, part 2

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, August 1976

Pet Sounds & The California Consciousness ...

14 Minutes With Beach Boy Mike Love

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, October 1976

ONE OF THE great omissions of Zigzag's entire life thus far has been a piece on the Beach Boys, who I consider to be the ...

Brian Wilson: Surf's Up!

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Creem, October 1976

Brian Wilson Comes Back From Lunch ...

A Conversation With Brian Wilson

Interview by David Rensin, Oui, December 1976

The poet laureate of surf and sand talks about the tribulations of being a genius, his ongoing struggle with things chemical and his monumental plans ...

Brian Wilson: After The Sand Box

Report by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1976

The zany, madcap world of Brian Wilson, episode 98 ...

The Beach Boys

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Rock 100, 1977

IN THE BEGINNING... WERE THE BEACH BOYS. Under the avalanche of the English Invasion, the Psychedelic Apocalypse, supersonic guitars and flash, it is almost forgotten ...

The Beach Boys Are Back in Town

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Swank, 1977

BRIAN WILSON SAT behind a grand piano, nervously eyeing the camera pointed at his face. "When I was a little boy," he said, "my mother ...

The Beach Boys: Not All Fun, Fun, Fun

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1977

WHEREVER BRIAN Wilson goes, his cousin Steve is never far away. ...

The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys Love You (Warner-Reprise)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, April 1977

A Psychology Today Special in which NICK KENT diagnoses a steady recovery for the Wilson muse. ...

Beach Boys: The Beach Boys Love You (Reprise)

Review by Lester Bangs, Circus, June 1977

THE BEACH BOYS present the most convincing argument in our entire culture for never growing up. ...

The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys Love You

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, July 1977

There is no TM song, no music-is-swell song, or "unfolding enveloping missiles of soul," or political/ecological commentary. Instead, what we have here is a collection ...

Brian Is Back… Again!

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Phonograph Record, August 1977

"We're still happening. New people are picking up on us all the time. I don't really analyze why we're successful, but the main reason for ...

The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys Love You (Brother/Reprise KMS-2258)

Review by Gary Pig Gold, Pig Paper, The, August 1977

WHY DOES EVERY CANADIAN POP PUBLICATION IGNORE THE BEACH BOYS? WHY IS THEIR NEW SINGLE, 'ROLLER SKATING CHILD', DYING ON THE RACKS? WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ...

CBS Convention: Beach Boys Party

Report by Max Bell, New Musical Express, August 1977

BEACH BOYS PARTY FOR CHOSEN 1,600 ...

The Beach Boys: The Brothers

Report and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, August 1977

A long-running family saga continues: California fnurgs dump on U.K. public... ...

Dennis Wilson: Beached Boy – A True Story

Report and Interview by Gary Pig Gold, Pig Paper, The, October 1977

IT WAS Monday, August 29, 1977, it was hot, and it was about to pour rain. But as always, it was a sunny Saturday afternoon ...

David Leaf: The Beach Boys and the California Myth (Grosset and Dunlap)

Review by John Tobler, Blank Space, 1978

I SHOULD FIRST of all put into perspective my particular connection with the Beach Boys, which is not quite as simple as merely being a ...

The Beach Boys: Four Girls For Every Boy

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, June 1978

IMPORTANT DATES in the history of surfing music: ...

The Beach Boys: Summer Days (And Summer Nights)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1978

LATER SHE realised she'd really been attracted to him because he looked sad. All the other boys on the beach were so cheerful, and the ...

The Beach Boys: MIU

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1978

How can grown men sing stuff like this and mean it? ...

Dennis Wilson Loves Christine McVie

Report and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, March 1979

The Beach Boys love good karma ...

The Beach Boys: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, July 1979

POTTED PALM trees, fishing nets, dry ice aka sea mist, the Captain (sans Tenille) and a backing band in a boat. Degenerate drummer in Brian-sized ...

The Beach Boys: The Life of Brian

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1980

'Strange Gods arrive in fast enemy poses' – Jim Morrison ...

The Beach Boys: The Capitol Years (World Records)

Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, March 1981

LET'S NOT kick around the sand-dunes: this boxed set is, quite simply, the finest Beach Boys offering ever released. ...

The Beach Boys' Schizophrenia

Essay by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, April 1981

ON JULY 4, 1980, the Beach Boys sat at the base of the Washington Monument and played to a vast sea of half a million ...

Surfin' Death Valley USA

Essay by David Toop, Collusion, February 1982

"WE'LL GET THE ROUGHEST AND THE TOUGHEST INITIATION WE CAN FIND"from Our Car Club (Brian Wilson/Mile Love) Beach Boys, 1963What were the connections between Beach ...

Dennis Wilson

Obituary by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, January 1984

THE OFTEN tempestuous career of Dennis Wilson ended last Wednesday, when the Beach Boys drummer drowned in the waters of LA's Marina del Rey. ...

The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys (Caribou)

Review by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, June 1985

ON THE back cover Brian Wilson looks genuinely happy, his eyes are clear, his smile is contented one. To some degree the music echoes this ...

New Wave of Popularity for The Beach Boys

Report and Interview by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, July 1985

JONES BEACH, NY. The Beach Boys are taking advantage of this seaside theatre, an idyllic setting for one of their concerts, by beating the audience ...

The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, October 1985

SAY YOU'RE AT your high school reunion – a far-fetched thought, but bear with me for a moment – and some creep corners you by ...

The Beach Boys: Capitol reissues

Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, July 1986

NOW IS this poetry, or what? ...

Brian Wilson: Strange Bedfellow

Interview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, August 1986

The Beach Boys are 25 years old and, to mark the occasion, that great white whale BRIAN WILSON has finally got up, cleaned up and ...

Brian Wilson: Good and Bad Vibrations

Interview by Jeremy Gluck, Guardian, The, 1988

Beach Boy Brian Wilson owes his survival to his doctor and a regime of psychotherapy, diet and exercise, he told Jeremy Gluck. ...

What Was And What Might Have Been: A Lost Interview with Brian Wilson

Interview by Jeremy Gluck, unpublished, 1988

NOTE: It's 1988, Brian Wilson had just launched his solo career with the release of the eponymous Brian Wilson album, and Jeremy Gluck gets to ...

The Endless Echo of Pet Sounds

Essay by Geoffrey Himes, Washington Post, The, June 1990

COMIC STRIP characters rarely die, but Andy, the wisecracking AIDS patient in Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury strip, endured a long death watch this spring. When he ...

The Beach Boys: Re-issues

Review by Andy Gill, Q, August 1990

AFTER LEAVING THE Beach Boys mid-tour in 1964 thanks to a nervous breakdown, Brian Wilson passed most of his time in the studio, one of ...

The Beach Boys: Smiley Smile/Wild Honey; Beach Boys Concert/Live In London

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Vox, November 1990

WHEN I FIRST BOUGHT Smiley Smile (1967) as a spotty 15-year-old in the mid-'70s, I was pretty astounded by how radically wacko it was. I'd ...

The Beach Boys: Re-issues

Review by Andy Gill, Q, August 1991

SUNFLOWER (1970), THE FIRST ALBUM of a new contract with Warner Bros following their disaffection with Capitol, was on a par with later '60s albums. ...

Brian Wilson: Wouldn't It Be Nice - My Own Story

Book Review by Tom Hibbert, Q, August 1992

IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE Brian Wilson, inspired composer of surfing symphonies and divine pop, writing anything as tabloidesque as: "I was a zonked-out zombie, ...

The Beach Boys: Candy Striped Avenger

Interview by Andy Gill, Q, September 1993

Once, turban-topped, he trod the path to inner contentment; but now, baseball-hatted and belligerent, Beach Boy Mike Love is fighting mad, especially at his cousin ...

'Brian Wilson is a Genius': The Birth of a Cult

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, September 1995

ONE OF THE key moments in I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times, record producer Don Was’s black-and-white film about Brian Wilson of the Beach ...

Brian Wilson and the Legend of Smile

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, 'Waiting For The Sun', 1996

BY THE TIME ‘Good Vibrations’ had hit No.1 at the end of 1966, Brian was firmly committed to extending pop's boundaries as far as he ...

How to Buy The Beach Boys

Discography by Fred Dellar, MOJO, September 1997

THE GOOD NEWS is that the racks are full of Beach Boys CDs. The bad news is that many of them are not the ...

Beach Boys: The Pet Sounds Sessions

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, November 1997

The Beach Boys: tampering with the impact of time ...

The Beach Boys: The Pet Sounds Sessions

Review by Chris Ingham, MOJO, November 1997

The stereo mix, outtakes, session excerpts, stack o' tracks, stack o'vocals: more Pet Sounds you couldn't hope for, on 4 CDs. ...

The Disciples of Brian: The Beach Boys' legacy in Decade #4

Essay by Geoffrey Himes, Crawdaddy!, 1998

What were the best Beach Boys records of the 1990s? Geoffrey Himes takes issue with his friend Paul Williams. ...

Pet Sounds and High Llamas

Review by Mac Randall, Boston Phoenix, The, April 1998

THERE CAN'T BE MANY classic rock albums that rock less than the Beach Boys' 1966 opus Pet Sounds. The fruity orchestral arrangements are about as ...

Brain Wilson: Endless Bummer

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, June 1998

"HI, I'M BRIAN WILSON." You do not expect this. You do not expect the head of America's most important ever rock band to have to ...

Brian Wilson: The Last Brother

Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, Los Angeles Times, July 1998

ALL OF ST. CHARLES is racing to eat before the sunsets and the kids melt down. At 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday, a time when ...

Brian Wilson: Imagination (Giant)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Spin, August 1998

IT IS HARD NOT TO harbour mixed feelings about Brian Wilson in the late '90s. While it’s great that he’s up and about (and not ...

Beach Boys Change, But the Sound Stays the Same

Interview by Charles Bermant, USA Today, August 1998

THE BEACH BOYS, or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof, are on the road again. ...

Record Producer Nik Venet: 1936-1998

Obituary by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, Spring 1998

NIK VENET, an East Coast friend and mid-Fifties music scene contemporary of Bobby Darin who came to Los Angeles to become one of the key ...

The Beach Boys

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

IN THE BEGINNING... WERE THE BEACH BOYS. Under the avalanche of the English Invasion, the Psychedelic Apocalypse, supersonic guitars and flash, it is almost forgotten ...

Beach Boy vs. Beach Boy

Comment by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, December 1999

WHILE THE BEACH BOYS were once musically illustrious, in the Nineties they've spent more time in the courtroom than the recording studio. ...

Brian Wilson: "Help Me, Rhonda," Indeed!

Essay by David Dalton, Gadfly, 2000

HEY, ALL you surfin’ dudes and hardbody wahinis, check out this thing on TNT. It’s a tribute to the surf god, Brian Wilson! ...

The Beach Boys: An American Family: Heroes and Villains

Report and Interview by Bill Holdship, LA New Times, June 2000

Brian Wilson's back, recording a live album at the Roxy this week and preparing for a summer tour with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. So ...

Keeping the Beach Boys Alive

Live Review by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, August 2000

THERE ARE SOME really good reasons to loathe Mike Love's Beach Boys. There is the authenticity problem: there is no one named Wilson onstage, and ...

Middle-Aged Symphonies Towards God: The Beach Boys’ Brother Years

Overview by Gary Pig Gold, fufkin.com, October 2000

YES INDEED, it goes without saying that Brian Wilson and his familial band full of brothers, cousins and friends have enjoyed a career quite unlike ...

The Beach Boys: Wave Culture…

Overview by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 2000

SunflowerSurf's UpCarl And The Passions – So ToughHollandThe Beach Boys In Concert15 Big OnesThe Beach Boys Love YouM.I.U. AlbumLA (Light Album)Keepin' The Summer AliveThe Beach ...

Brian Wilson: Sounds Unsilenced

Retrospective and Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, Revolver, Fall 2000

BRIAN WILSON made Paul McCartney cry. The cute Beatle readily admits that the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds has, on occasion, made him positively weepy. Sir ...

Rockumentaries on the Biography Channel

Film/DVD Review by Mark Pringle, Mat Snow, Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2001

Not long ago, any glimpse on the box of a great musician was like catching sight of the lesser spotted grebe – all the lovelier ...

Beach Boys: Reissues

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, May 2001

Choral unevensong from the waywardly wondrous Wilson clan ...

The Beach Boys: Endless Winter

Comment by Gary Pig Gold, fufkin.com, December 2001

MAYBE IT'S THE weather, maybe it's CNN overload ...maybe it's just "the time of man," as it were, but I've been stuck to the web ...

Gary Usher

Interview by Gene Sculatti, Scram, 2002

Gary Usher In Conversation With Gene Sculatti January 1971 ...

Wouldn't It Have Been Nice: An Interview with Van Dyke Parks

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, January 2002

VAN DYKE PARKS was the intellectual southerner who penned the baroque, cryptic lyrics for 'Surf's Up', 'Heroes and Villains' and other Brian Wilson masterpieces. He ...

Brian Wilson: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, February 2002

NOT ONLY did my spine tingle during the third night of Brian Wilson's sell-out four-night stand in London, but I also cried with joy. The ...

The Legend of Smile

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, February 2002

"Smile is the name of the new Beach Boys album which will be released in January 1967, and with a happy album cover, the really ...

Brian Wilson: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, March 2002

Brian Wilson and 10-piece band perform, from start to finish, the album that topped MOJO's 100 Greatest Albums Of All Time poll, plus career-encompassing opening ...

Epiphany At Zuma Beach Or Brian Wilson Hallucinates Me

Memoir by David Dalton, Gadfly, May 2002

AFTER PET SOUNDS Brian Wilson became the mad genius of the Beach Boys, a prodigy who had miraculously emerged out of the surf and car ...

Dennis Wilson: The Lonely Sea

Retrospective by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, November 2002

WITH TIME TO KILL BEFORE SOUNDCHECK ON A windy New York afternoon in 1971, the drummer of The Beach Boys had decided, on a whim, ...

Brian Wilson Smiles Again: Live at the Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2004

WE STILL HAVE so much invested in the idea of Brian Wilson’s genius. Three decades since he last wrote a genuinely great song, we continue ...

Brian Wilson at the Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, April 2004

THE UBERFANS WITH medicated stares, the reverent fans who applaud Van Dyke Parks to his seat, the Smile scholars who have flown in from another ...

SMiLE When Your Heart Is Breaking: Brian Wilson

Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, October 2004

"Come about hard and joinThe young and often spring you gaveI heard the wordWonderful thingA children's song" ('Surf’s Up') ...

Brian Wilson Remembers How to Smile

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Paste, October 2004

WHAT would have happened if, as planned, The Beach Boys had released the Smile album in the summer of 1967? For starters, people would have ...

The TAMI Show Remembered

Retrospective by Steven R Rosen, Los Angeles Times, October 2004

THE ROLLING Stones were there, along with James Brown, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye and more, filmed live before their screaming ...

Carl Wilson

Interview by Steven Rosen, Player, 2005

AT A TIME when the venerable institution of the Beach Boys was threatening to disassemble itself during the late 70s and early 80s, youngest Wilson ...

An Interview With Dominic Priore: Good Things Come To Those Who SmiLE, part 1

Interview by Gary Pig Gold, fufkin.com, August 2005

Gary Pig Gold climbs into the Virtual Sandbox ...

The Beach Boys: Endless Harmony: The Beach Boys Story

Film/DVD Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, August 2005

Surf's up, mm-mm, mm-mm ...

An Interview With Dominic Priore part II: Good Things Come To Those Who SmiLE

Interview by Gary Pig Gold, fufkin.com, September 2005

Gary Pig Gold climbs into the Virtual Sandbox ...

Perfect Harmony: Pet Sounds 40th Anniversary Show Celebrates Brian Wilson's Pop Legacy

Live Review by Kirk Silsbee, LA CityBeat, November 2006

OUT OF CURIOSITY and love of a good story, I've had a longstanding parlor question for jazz-minded friends on the far side of 60. What ...

The Beach Boys: The Making of Pet Sounds

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Holdship, MOJO, January 2007

BACKSTAGE AT UCLA's Royce Hall a joyous sound suddenly erupts from behind a closed door, which one assumes leads to Brian Wilson's dressing room judging ...

David Anderle's California Nights

Profile and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Life After 50, May 2007

"WATCH YOUR HEAD," cautions David Anderle. The retired record industry executive-turned-painter is leading the way down a steep, narrow stairway in his classic Spanish-style home ...

Mister Optimism: Mike Love Talks

Interview by 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 ...

The Lure Of The Beach

Report and Interview by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, June 2008

A new generation of US bands cites the Beach Boys as a huge inspiration. Why now? ...

The Beach Boys: Friends: The Beach Boys' Feel-good Record

Retrospective by Various Writers, Goldmine, July 2008

IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – during the summer of 1968 – Brian Wilson created a song cycle out of love and inner peace with the Friends ...

Brian Wilson and SMiLE

Retrospective and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, October 2011

NOTE: A small portion of this interview appeared in the 2011 MOJO '60s issue. ...

The SMiLE You Send Out Returns to You: The Story of Brian Wilson's Great Lost Masterpiece

Retrospective by Tim Meade, Rock's Backpages, October 2011

WE ALL KNOW THE STORY of the Beach Boys' SMiLE. After Pet Sounds, Brian set out to make a "teenage symphony to God" that ...

Brian Wilson: The Strife Of Brian

Profile and Interview by Ian Gittins, Man About Town, Spring 2011

IN THE 1991 Steve Martin movie L.A. Story, which dates from the days when he was still spasmodically funny, Martin played Harris K. Telemacher, a ...

Good Vibrations and Endless Summers: The Beach Boys in Hawthorne

Retrospective by Kirk Silsbee, South Bay, Summer 2011

YOU HAVE TO look for it.  Nothing on 120th Street gives an indication as you drive along the north side of the Hawthorne Airport.  ...

Hang On To Your Egos: The Beach Boys at 50

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2012

NOTE: With a few minor differences, this was the piece that ran as a MOJO cover story in June 2012.* ...

The Beach Boys: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Orange County

Live Review by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, June 2012

"THERE'S SOMETHING RIDICULOUS about a 70-year-old man going out there and singing 'Fun, Fun, Fun.'" So said my wife last week when I told her ...

see also American Spring

see also Captain and Tennille

see also Blondie Chaplin

see also Bruce Johnston

see also Charles Manson

see also Van Dyke Parks

see also Spring

see also Brian Wilson

see also Carl Wilson

see also Dennis Wilson

see also Murry Wilson

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