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Surfin’ U.S.A.

Philip Lambert

Philip Lambert is Professor of Music at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a specialist on music of the twentieth century and has published widely on this subject in the fields of music theory and musicology. His previous book is The Music of Charles Ives. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson : The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys’ Founding Genius

Continuum, 2007

Scholarly Books

...Let’s survey the musical firmament of Brian Wilson and his collaborators as the sun set on 1962. With the Beach Boys, Brian had recorded and released three singles and an album. These were successful enough to show sufficient promise...
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...In evolving from a thematic rock group into a force of psychedelic insanity, the Beach Boys proved the versatility of music in the 1960s. In California in the late 1950s, brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson teamed up with Al Jardine...

Surf Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...An initially short-lived but influential musical phenomenon, surf music began as part of a regional scene in southern California, associated with the emerging surfing subculture (along with hot rod cars and drag racing). With the success...

The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds

Jim Fusilli

Jim Fusilli is chief rock music critic for the Wall Street Journal and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. In addition, he is the author of the award-winning mystery series featuring private investigator Terry Orr and his daughter Bella. The series includes Closing Time, A Well-Known Secret, and Tribeca Blues. The fourth novel in the series, Hard, Hard City, was published by G. P. Putnam in the fall of 2004. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2005

33 1/3 Books

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...Pet Sounds is, rightly, one of the most celebrated pop albums ever released. It has also been written about, pored over, and analyzed more than most other albums put together. In this disarming book, Jim Fusilli focuses primarily...

The Beach Boys' Smile

Luis Sanchez

Luis Sanchez grew up in West Texas. He earned his PhD in Musicology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His writing has appeared in The House Next Door and Slant. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

33 1/3 Books

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...Smile is not merely a great unfinished album, but a living work of art that is all at once expansive, indeterminate, and resolutely pop. In the early 1960s, The Beach Boys rose from the suburbs of Hawthorne, California to become emissaries...

Hot Rod

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Hot rod music was a very short-lived Californian musical genre, prominent during 1962–4 on the West Coast of the United States, associated with the local hot rod subculture. As with the often overlapping surf music, the subject matter...

Los Angeles, CA

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 3,694,820 (2002); county – 9,871,506 (2003) Los Angeles (often referred to colloquially as ‘LA’) is the most populous metropolitan area in the United States apart from New York City. Greater...

Sydney

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 4,128,272 (2001) Sydney is the oldest and largest city in Australia. Situated on Port Jackson and with a temperate climate, it is a water-oriented city, recreationally, visually...

Acapulco and Guerrero

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume III : Locations: Caribbean and Latin America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: Acapulco - 1,300,000 (2004); Guerrero - 3,000,000 (2004) Acapulco is situated on the southwest Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Guerrero, some 185 miles (300 km) south...