Beach Boys singer Mike Love is getting set to tell the story of his 50-year career in music with the Beach Boys in a book to be entitled “Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy,” co-written with James S. Hirsch. The book’s release will complement the 50th anniversary of “Good Vibrations,” one of the band’s biggest songs.
The book will be not only be a history of the Beach Boys, it will be Mike Love’s autobiography. A press release from Blue Rider Press gives a capsule summary of what the book will cover.
"[It] will describe Love's early childhood and family story, and that of his cousins Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, all founding members of the band, along with Al Jardine.... Love will share the story behind the group's unparalleled hit-making in the 1960s, including the music that celebrated the California lifestyle as well as the recording of Pet Soundsand other seminal albums.... [He] will talk about his own spiritual journey through transcendental meditation, his complex relationship with Brian Wilson, and the enduring appeal of the Beach Boy sound."
Mike Love is mostly known as the “voice” of the Beach Boys, but teamed up with cousin Brian Wilson in writing some of the best known Beach Boys’ songs, including “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations” and “The Warmth of the Sun,” written Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
"I've had an incredible life with a lot of triumphs, my share of heartbreak and some pretty amazing experiences," the singer said in a statement. "There are a lot of things I haven't shared before, and I'm looking forward to opening up about my life and my work in this book. It's a story about family, music, a country in transition, and audiences all over the world coming together in harmony."
Love’s not the first Beach Boy to publish a memoir. Brian Wilson released his own story in 1991 amidst controversy that he didn’t really write the book. It’s currently out of print.
Mike love is a follower and teacher of Transcendental Meditation. He studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India in the 1960s.
The Beach Boys fell on hard times in the 1970s. Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson drowned in 1983. Lead guitarist Carl Wilson died of cancer in 1996. However, the remaining members of the band buried the hatchet and got back together for a 50th anniversary tour in 2012, releasing a compilation album at the same time.
Sadly, the “Good Vibrations” didn't last and they now tour separately. The likelihood of another Beach Boys reunion doesn't look good as of this writing.
QUOTE SOURCE: Rolling Stone