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BOOKS

NOTE:  Books about The Beach Boys began to be published shortly after their popular resurgence in the mid-1970s.  Since that time, there have been individual and collective biographies, musical and sociological studies, collected writings from fan journals, extensive timelines, and even some fictional attempts at examining and explaining The Beach Boys influence and impact.  I've organized the titles by the year published, but the genre of the books available are all over the map.  Click on the title of the book to be taken to it.


TITLE AUTHOR YEAR
A Biography In Words & Pictures Ken Barnes 1976
The Beach Boys: Southern California Pastoral Bruce Golden 1976
The Beach Boys John Tobler 1978
The Beach Boys and the California Myth David Leaf 1978
The Authorized Biography of America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band Byron Preiss 1979
Surf's Up! The Beach Boys On Record 1961-1981 Brad Elliott 1984
The Beach Boys Silver Anniversary John Milward 1985
The Beach Boys Dean Anthony 1985
Heroes & Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys Steven Gaines 1986
Look! Listen! Vibrate! SMILE! Various 1988
Whale Music Paul Quarrington 1990
Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story Brian Wilson &
Todd Gold
1991
The Wilson Project Stephen J. McParland 1991
Denny Remembered: Dennis Wilson in Words and Picture Edward Wincentsen 1991
Glimpses: A Novel Lewis Shiner 1993
The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the Southern California Experience Timothy White 1994
The Beach Boys: In Their Own Words Nick Wise 1994
The Dark Stuff: Selected Writings on Rock Music 1972-1995 Nick Kent 1995
How Deep Is The Ocean? Paul Williams 1997
Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys: The Complete Guide to Their Music Andrew Doe &
John Tobler
1997
Back To The Beach: a Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys Reader Various 1998
Add Some Music To Your Day: Analyzing and Enjoying
the Music of The Beach Boys
Various 1999
SMiLE, Sun, Sand & Pet Sounds Various 1999
The Real Beach Boy: Dennis Wilson Jon Stebbins 2000
Dumb Angel: The Life and Music of Dennis Wilson Adam Webb 2001
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds: The Greatest Album of the Twentieth Century Kingsley Abbott 2001
In The Studio with Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys: our favorite recording sessions: a look at various recording sessions by The Beach Boys, 1961 - 1970 Stephen J. McParland 2001
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers: The Beach Boys Mark Holcomb 2003
Wouldn't It Be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of Pet Sounds Charles L. Granata 2003
The Beach Boys On CD Joe Thomas 2004
This Whole World: The Complete Beach Boys Single And EP Cover Collection Manfred Schmidt & Christian Haschke 2004
Brian Wilson Solo: The Complete Guide To The Solo Works of Brian Wilson Joe Thomas &
Kie Miskelly
2004
The Japanese CD Releases of The Beach Boys & Brian Wilson Joe Thomas 2004
The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary Of America's Greatest Band
on Stage And In The Studio
Keith Badman 2004
The Beach Boys: The Musical Evolution Of America's Band Robert G. Anstey 2004
Maximum Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys Anonymous 2005
Smile: The Story Of Brian's Wilson's Lost Masterpiece Domenic Priore 2005
Pet Sounds Jim Fusilli 2005
Sloop John B: A Pirates Tale Al Jardine 2005
Brian Wilson: An Art Book Various 2005
Catch A Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Peter Carlin 2006
The Lost Beach Boy: The True Story of David Marks
Jon Stebbins 2007
Inside the Music of Brian Wilson: The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys' Founding Genius Philip Lambert 2007
Beach Boys Vs.  Beatlemania: Rediscovering Sixties Music G.A. De Forest 2007
The Beach Boys: Essential Interviews John D. Luerssen 2009
The Beach Boys: The Complete History Wiki Editors 2010
My Life With The Beach Boys Jack Lloyd 2010
Brian Wilson: The Lowdown Unknown  2011
The Beach Boys FAQ Jon Stebbins 2011
The Beach Boys On  CD: 1961-1969 Andrew Hickey 2012
Fifty Sides Of The Beach Boys Mark Dillon 2012
Icons of  Pop Music: Brian Wilson Kirk Curnutt 2012
Surfboards, Stratocasters, Stripes Shirts: The Beach Boys on Tour 1966 Bill Yerkes 2012
In Concert: The  Ultimate History Of America's Band On Tour And Onstage
Ian Rusten and Jon Stebbins
2013
The Beach Boys On CD: Vol. 2 1970-1984
Andrew Hickey 2013
Beach Boys Archives Volume 1, 2, 3
Torrence Berry
2013
Meeting Dennis Wilson: A Novel
Max Shenk
2013
33-1/3: Smile
Luis Sanchez
2014
Becoming The Beach Boys 1961-1963
James B. Murphy
2015
Long Promised Road: Carl Wilson, Soul of the Beach Boys - The Biography
Kent Crowley
2015
The Beach Boys: America's Band
Johnny Morgan
2015
Good Vibrations: My Life As A Beach Boy
Mike Love
2016

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