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The Ghost Of Christmas: The Beach Boys, "The Gong"

Deep inside this year’s Beach Boys copyright extension series is a mysterious number entitled “The Gong.” For the first three minutes or so it is a noise piece—first a drone, and then the sound of gears in motion, a sound so uncharacteristically like anything they did before—which gives way to a spoken word piece of a mentally troubled person clearly in the throes of desperation. 76 more words

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Song Of The Day: The Beach Boys, "Little Bird" (Live In Fargo, ND)

Last Friday saw the release of the third copyright extension release for the Beach Boys, a massive 114–song collection of live performances recorded on their 1968 American and British tour. 176 more words

Song Of The Day

The Beach Boys: Wake The World: The Friends Sessions (Capitol)

To say that the Beach Boys were in trouble by 1968 is an understatement. Their leader, Brian Wilson, had begun his descent into madness and mental illness thanks to an incessant and unchecked diet of LSD and any other drug he happened to find.  761 more words

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Dennis Wilson's House

Location: 14400 Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades, California

14400 Sunset Boulevard was Dennis Wilson’s home in the late 1960s. Described as a large log-cabin-style home, Wilson hosted the Manson Family here for a summer to great expense. 394 more words

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Song Of The Day: Felt, "Be Still"

This week marks the Cherry Red release of the second and final half of the Felt discography reissue campaign, one that focuses roughly on their era at… 202 more words

Song Of The Day

♫ Kokomo ♫

I liked the Beach Boys well enough in their heyday, the 1960s, but then their “fifteen minutes of fame”  (actually around 4 years) came to an end, and for me, life got real very fast, and by 1988, I had been married, divorced, and was struggling with three jobs trying to support three children, one severely disabled, and earn a Master’s degree.  977 more words


The Infinite Jukebox: The Beach Boys' 'California Girls'

In those long ago, sunlit years of my youth, otherwise known as 1977, I was out of work and broke, broker than I have been since. 865 more words

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