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The Beach Boys, The Chantays, Dick Dale, Jan & Dean: 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 ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys' Fame Just Grew and Grew!

Interview by Ann Moses, NME, 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 ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys Sensational Visit

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, 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 News Special

Report and Interview by Mike Grant, Rave, February 1967

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

The Beach Boys: 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 ...

The Beach Boys: 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, ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys Pulled Out Of Doldrums

Interview by Keith Altham, NME 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 ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: 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 ...

The Beach Boys: 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 ...

Jan & Dean: Legendary Masters Series

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, March 1972

JAN AND DEAN were real clowns. I saw 'em on the TAMI Show back in 1965 and they were the only downer part in the ...

The Beach Boys #1: The Perfect Wave

Discography by Jonh Ingham, NME, 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, NME, 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, Jan & Dean: 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, ...

Terry Melcher: Surf's Up! Terry Melcher's Nightmare Is Over

Interview by Tom Nolan, Rolling Stone, May 1974

LOS ANGELES – Terry Melcher, a consistent professional, has participated in scores of hits with artists as diverse as Frankie Laine and the Byrds. Seven ...

Terry Melcher: A Beach Veteran Looks Back

Interview by Tom Nolan, Phonograph Record, September 1974

ONE OF THE most influential and talented Californians to prosper during the '60s sun-speed-surf period in pop was Terry Melcher. As producer and (teamed with ...

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 ...

Jan & Dean Ride The Wild Surf

Retrospective by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

ABOUT ONE year ago this week Dick Clark, in his infinite wisdom, decided to host a ten year anniversary edition of his TV rock show ...

The Beach Boys: Wild Honey and Friends

Review by Max Bell, NME, 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 ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: The Last Beach Movie part 1

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, 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 – ...

The Beach Boys, Chicago: 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. ...

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, Jan & Dean: 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 ...

Jan & Dean: Jan and Dean: Starwood Club, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, October 1978

THEY'VE RENAMED LA's Starwood club the Surfwood for the night. ...

The Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson: Dennis Wilson

Obituary by Fred Dellar, NME, 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: Capitol reissues

Review by Andy Gill, NME, July 1986

NOW IS this poetry, or what? ...

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: 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. ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: 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, ...

Surf and Destroy

Comment by Lindsay Hutton, MOJO, April 1995

BEFORE THE RELEASE OF Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Dick Dale was simply "the man who invented surf music" and his craft remained generally unknown outside ...

Surf Pop: The New Wave

Retrospective by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, September 1996

WAS ANY underground music more quickly and thoroughly mediated by outside forces than surf music? On the cusp of the ‘60s, California’s coastal teen subculture ...

Sagittarius, The Millennium: Sagittarius: Present Tense; The Millennium: Begin

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, March 1998

TO GET THE full scope of these groundbreaking recordings, released within weeks of each other in the summer of '68, it's vital to know that ...

Carl Wilson

Obituary by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, April 1998

CARL WILSON didn't get to record his first lead vocal for the Beach Boys until April 30, 1965, almost four years into the group's career. ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks: 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 ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys: Reissues

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, May 2001

Choral unevensong from the waywardly wondrous Wilson clan ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: 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 ...

Jan & Dean: Jan Berry

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, April 2004

Teen dream and surf-pop star ...

Jan & Dean: Wipeout!

Retrospective by Bill Holdship, MOJO, April 2005

Mean, lean and handsome, '60s surf pop duo Jan & Dean could have been gibber than The Beach Boys but kidnappings, car-crashes and cocaine soon ...

The Malibooz: John Zambetti's Endless Summer: The Malibooz

Retrospective and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Senior Life, August 2005

MOST OF US HAVE keepsakes from our youth. A toy, a doll, a baseball glove – some 'Rosebud' object that once meant the world to ...

Dick Dale: Checkered Flag (Sundazed)

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Sundazed, 2007

I'M A SUCKER for this stuff, there was no way that, as a California teenager in 1963, I wasn't going to buy a copy of ...

Dennis Wilson: The Mayor of Washington Boulevard: Dennis Wilson's California Dream

Retrospective by Bill Bentley, Austin Chronicle, August 2008

The first Beach Boys solo album, Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue, washes back ashore after more than three decades. ...

The Beach Boys: 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.  ...

The Beach Boys: 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 ...

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