Out today is Good Vibrations: My Life As A Beach Boy, a forthright and revealing memoir by the group's lead singer Mike Love in which he writes frankly about the group's songs, inner-band relationships, his own battle to receive proper songwriting credit on some of the Beach Boys' biggest hits and even some chilling encounters with Charles Manson during the late 60s.
Love tells us that he felt he had something to add to the vast amount of material that's already in print about the Beach Boys -- including a second autobiography later this month by his cousin and co-writer Brian Wilson:
"Hundreds of thousands if not millions of words have been written, but not ever from my point of view, my experience of it all. There's been conjecture and outright fallacies and some accurate things as well that have depicted me in one way or another but never from my life experience...It's just taken me a long time to do it because my basic philosophy has been I know what I've done. I know I've contributed. I know if something's been inaccurate or things that have been attributed to me that weren't in fact real. I didn't let it bother me too much, didn't pay too much attention. But then if you have your children ask you and say, 'Did you say this or do that' or whatever, I think it's high time that I put my experience into written word so people have an idea what it was like from my point of view."
Love co-wrote his book with James S. Hirsch, who's also written biographies about Willie Mays and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Love continues to lead the Beach Boys via a licensing agreement with the group's Brothers Records company, while Wilson tours with his own band.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.