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THE BEACH BOYS: The Essential Interviews collects the most candid and informative interactions that “America’s Band” ever had with the press. Beginning at the height of the band’s popularity in 1966, this exciting title offers a unique look at theMoreTHE BEACH BOYS: The Essential Interviews collects the most candid and informative interactions that “America’s Band” ever had with the press. Beginning at the height of the band’s popularity in 1966, this exciting title offers a unique look at the dynamics of the group, with collective interviews and one on one conversations with each of the band’s principals – Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston – at various career intervals.Tracing The Beach Boys’ forty-plus years in music, this 334 page tome was compiled by pop music journalist John D. Luerssen and offers direct perspective from The Beach Boys – the number one selling American band of all time – themselves. It’s a must-read for any fan.Revelations from THE BEACH BOYS: The Essential Interviews:“I was so nervous. We only did three songs, and we were on the bill with maybe ten acts. The Ikettes had a song called Im Blue (The Gong-Gong Song). We were in awe of them, because they had such a great groove and we were so green and new to live performance. But I actually made a decision after that show that I wasnt going to get nervous anymore because that would just hurt me. And thats been my philosophy ever since that first concert.”– Mike Love, remembering the Beach Boys’ first major gig, headlined by Ike and Tina Turner“Dennis was more of a rebel, in the sense that if his father said something he didnt like, he would fight with his dad, sometimes physically. He had that suppressed violence, which is great when youre pounding on the drums but not so great in life. Brian was very sensitive and not a physically violent person. He was a little more passive-aggressive. Carl saw Dennis reacting violently to his father and Brian getting the brunt of my uncle Murrys negativity and learned to just stand back in the corner and watch it all happen. Murry was not a nice person. He definitely set the groundwork for the issues and problems that Brian and his brothers faced in their lives.”– Mike Love on the dynamics in the Wilson household“The songwriting process itself was very spontaneous. It was either an idea that I had, or one that Brian had. On Help Me, Rhonda he had a great track going, and I went and wrote the lyrics, tailoring the lyrics to the melody. We would go into the studio with a couple of musicians, and with Carl and Dennis, and wed bang out a track, Brian on the piano or the bass. My forte was literature and poetry. I was very enamored of all that, so it meant that he could focus 100% on the music.”– Mike Love on his collaborations with Brian Wilson on the songs “Help Me, Rhonda” and “I Get Around”“I began screaming. I was falling apart.”–Brian Wilson, on his nervous breakdown aboard a plane bound to Houston from Los Angeles, December 23, 1964“He was great on stage and in the studio, but he didnt really take to touring as the rest of us did. The rest of us came out of our little shells and developed somewhat of an act. In Brians case he just seemed to be insecure about being away from home and traveling and so on. It wasnt all that dramatic until that one point in time where we went to Australia and he spent several thousand dollars on the phone talking to his girlfriend Marilyn, who became Mrs. Wilson. He just was very uneasy about the things that our career demanded after several hit records.”– Mike Love on Brian WilsonFor PET SOUNDS, it was LSD. Thats definitely what led to California Girls, Good Vibrations and Pet Sounds. Thats the stuff it influenced the most.