Becoming The Beach Boys is the first truly exhaustive, in-depth biography of the formative years of America’s Band. It’s an unbiased look into their early years, and does quite a bit of myth-busting.
Author Mark Blake’s exhaustive, intricate biography of one of the hardest, most notorious rock bands of the 1960s is an exciting read of a band that almost didn’t survive the decade it defined.
Over the past year, reissue label El has released a handful of compilations that explore different scenes and aspects of 1960s culture (with some 1950s thrown in for good measure). In this week’s 555 installment, we will investigate these compilations Bower Hats & Leather Boots: Personalities Go Pop Art is an interesting compilation of… Read More ›
Righteous Records’ latest compilation features over two dozen prime slabs of greasy, waxed-down vinyl, ranging from the well-known classics to some you’ve never heard before, and probably won’t hear anywhere else. Here are five of the best cuts from the collection: The Gamblers: “LSD-25” (Released 1960): Fun fact: not only is this song the… Read More ›
I first heard Vanilla Fudge some time in the mid 1980s, when I’d happened upon a copy of their debut album at Goodwill. I’d heard the name before, and had been told they were really trippy and psychedelic. When I put the record on the stereo, I wasn’t really prepared for what I heard. To… Read More ›
Donna Loren was one of the faces of the 1960s, a young woman with an interesting albeit brief career, from being a model for Dr. Pepper, a dancer on Shindig!, and appearing in several “beach” movies, most notably Beach Blanket Bingo. Unsurprisingly, then, an attempt was made to turn the already-talented young woman into… Read More ›
The Fourmyula was a Beatles-inspired pop band from the tiny nation of New Zealand, and it’s easy to understand why they had a brief, fleeting taste of fame and success–they had excellent songwriting chops, and with their songs led by vocalist Carl Evenson, the band possessed a quality that was never hampered by the obscurity… Read More ›
This double-disc set finds John Coltrane‘s quartet performing live in Europe in Autumn 1963, and it finds the four-piece band in fine form. It also finds Coltrane and company at a crossroads; big changes would be coming in his sound, his muse taking him into free-form territory, losing all inhibitions about his sound, whilst… Read More ›