Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy

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Mike Love and Brian Wilson's world-famous song, gloriously illustrated by Paul Hoppe, will bring smiles to the faces of children and parents alike.

I'm pickin' up good vibrationsShe's giving me the excitations (oom bop bop)I'm pickin' up good vibrations (good vibrations, oom bop bop)She's giving me the excitations (excitations, oom bop bop)

Good Vibrations is a lively picture book based on Mike Love and Brian Wilson's number one hit about absorbing positive energy from the people around them. Often praised as one of the most important compositions in rock, the Beach Boys' original version of this song was their third number one Billboard hit. With lyrics by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, and illustrations by Paul Hoppe, this picture book follows a girl and her dog as they make their way down to the beach, sharing good vibrations all along the way. Parents and children alike can share and enjoy one of rock's greatest hits through the colorful pages of Good Vibrations.

  • Released in 1966, this is one of the defining and iconic songs of the era
  • The recording involved the then-revolutionary process of tape-splicing, cutting up and editing pieces of the master tape together
  • The musicians used in the recording of the song included members of the Wrecking Crew, the legendary set of Los Angeles session studio players
  • Beach Boys publicist Derek Taylor described the song as a "pocket symphony" (Derek was the former press officer for the Beatles and the Beach Boys, and worked with the Byrds and the Mamas & the Papas, among others)
  • The unusual sound featured in the song's chorus was produced by an electrotheremin
  • The song was a transatlantic number one, reaching the top spot in both the USA and the UK
  • The song was the last US number one the Beach Boys achieved in the 1960s
  • Inducted into both the Grammy and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame
  • Rolling Stone ranked the song at number six on its 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time
  • In 2001, the RIAA and the National Endowment for the Arts published their Songs of the Century list, with "Good Vibrations" at number 24
  • The song is part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's permanent exhibition,500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll
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    display_descriptionMike Love tells the story of his legendary, raucous, and ultimately triumphant five-decade career as the front man of The Beach Boys, the most popular American band in history — timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of "Good Vibrations." The eBook edition includes 85 additional photos.
    As a founding member of The Beach Boys, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary fifty-five years, and counting, as the group's lead singer and one of its principal lyricists. The Beach Boys, from their California roots to their international fame, are a unique American story — one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, betrayal, and forgiveness — and Love is the only band member to be part of it each and every step. His own story has never been fully told, of how a sheet-metal apprentice became the quintessential front man for America's most successful rock band, singing in more than 5,600 concerts in 26 countries.
    Love describes the stories behind his lyrics for pop classics such as "Good Vibrations," "California Girls," "Surfin' USA," and "Kokomo," while providing vivid portraits of the turbulent lives of his three gifted cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson. His partnership with Brian has few equals in American pop music, though Mike has carved out a legacy of his own — he co-wrote the lyrics to eleven of the twelve original Beach Boy songs that were top 10 hits while providing the lead vocals on ten of them. The band's unprecedented durability also provides a glimpse into America's changing cultural mores over the past half century, while Love himself has experienced both the diabolical and the divine — from Charles Manson's "family" threatening his life to Maharishi instilling it with peace. A husband, a father, and an avid environmentalist, Love has written a book that is as rich and layered as the Beach Boy harmonies themselves.
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    title_displayGood Vibrations My Life as a Beach Boy
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    Performing Arts