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Richard Goldstein's journey is a closely observed, fervently lived “I was there” account of the music, the politics, the sex, the drugs, and the poetry in rock lyrics.
21 May 2015
The often overlooked The Beach Boys Today! (1965) finds Brian Wilson and the rest of the band embracing the sophisticated musical experimentation we would later find on Pet Sounds while retaining the catchy accessibility of their early surf and car songs.
31 Mar 2014
Mark Dillon tells the Beach Boys' long, complex and fascinating history through their long, complex and fascinating songbook.
31 Jan 2013
Republicans love rock 'n' roll -- almost as much as the bands loathe them. Here are five songs the GOP can call its own.
05 Sep 2012
“When I Grow Up to Be a Man” is about envisioning the past. It was written by a 23-year-old who imagined a 13-year-old imagining what it was like to be 23. This is still the position the septuagenarian Beach Boys are in today -- looking back at their younger selves looking forward to a future that is not the present, an impossible future.
08 Jul 2012
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