Mike 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".
As a founding member of The Beach Boys, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary 55 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 11 of the 12 original Beach Boy songs that were top 10 hits while providing the lead vocals on 10 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.
©2016 Mike Love (P)2016 Penguin Audio
Father of three with no time to actually read, but also a former history teacher and current attorney with a long commute-I love audiobooks.
Mike's side explained...
C'mon audible...it's an autobiography...
I've often complained when famous people don't do the reading of their memoirs, but this book showed me why some don't. He stumbles over words, pauses in the wrong places, speeds up and slows down for no reason...it's very much like when you were in grade school and the teacher has called on some kid who is a poor reader to read the book aloud...he clearly didn't practice and he way he stumbles makes it clear the book had a HEAVY ghost writer influence.
Everything Beach Boy related always focuses on Brian, so it was nice to see the other side of the story...
There has been a lot said about Mike Love and his role in The Beach Boys history, much of it less than flattering. Finally we get to hear his side of the story, by him! He doesn't hold back. I thought I knew it all but in reality I knew very little and learned a lot from this book. I look forward to listening to Brian Wilson's side when it is released in October. I'm glad these 2 books are being released so close together so the comparison will be fresh.
Mike did a fine job with the reading. I didn't totally dig the singing, but that's just my preference. It didn't ruin it for me by any means. Say what you will about Mike Love but if it wasn't for him I believe The Beach Boys would've been finished a long time ago. He's a great showman and they probably would not have caught my attention when I became a fan in the '80s if it hadn't been for his fun presence on stage. This book is well worth a listen or read. Make your own judgments, but only after you read the book.
I grew up on the Beach Boys, purchasing their records in the 70's and listening to them on cassette tapes on long trips to the beach through the 80's and beyond. Mike Love's narration may not be perfect, but I love hearing stories like these from the source. He's a tad on the slow side and he gets stuck every now and again, but I stayed with him through the entire book and was glad I did. Very fascinating story and well worth the purchase.
Feminist, rescue dog owner, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Doctorate in Nursing, Agnostic, & autism advocate
redemption, forgiveness, and of course.... love. so glad I listened to this audiobook. May the Beachboys live on.
As a life-long Beach Boys fan I was excited to get this book and hear Mike's story. The book does not disappoint. The story of the group from beginning to today. Even more cool is the Mike Love narrates the book! If you love the Beach Boys or are interested in the story, get this book now!
I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook. It was insightful, deeply personal and great fun. Like the Beach Boys music.
I absolutely loved this book. Being a long time Beach Boys fan I thought I had known all there was to know. This truly shows how important Mike is and was to their legacy and also shows what a kind and spiritual man he is. Lots of wonderful recollections from Mike as well as shocking moments. Highly recommend. The best book on the subject of the Beach Boys there is hands down.
satified to the 'nth' power
This book is more revealing than I could ever have imagined! At times you can hear Steve's voice crack as he is over-come with emotional memories. To bring all of these songs back and realize they are all from the same group over a period of years and experiences is very moving, almost Spiritual.
If it would have had a professional narrator.
Good to hear Mike's side of the story. I love the beach boys.
It was perhaps the worst narration of any audio book I have EVER heard in my life. It starts out ok (even the sample is ok), but soon it gets obnoxious. Another reviewer said it perfectly, "Mike Love stumbles over words, pauses in the wrong places, speeds up and slows down for no reason...it's very much like when you were in grade school and the teacher has called on some kid who is a poor reader to read the book aloud...he clearly didn't practice and he way he stumbles makes it clear the book had a HEAVY ghost writer influence."
I'd say it was a mix of interest (in the story), and frustration (in the horrible narration). In the end, I could barely stand listening to it anymore.
I have not read the print version, only the audiobook. I enjoyed the audio book because it's read by the author. That really makes it unique and special. Hearing this story straight from the author's mouth.
Mike Love, it's his account, why not?
Mike Love & Brian Wilson
Yes, if I could have.
This is a great account and perspective of Mike Love. For so many years you only hear pieces of information. You never know what is true and what is a story. I feel like this is an honest account of Mike Love. He really does love Brian. I think it's a shame that the false history has sort of made Mike a villain and Brian a saint. This is a must read. You will take something from it and may appreciate The Beach Boys even more.
I am a fan of Rock N' Roll. I have read all of the biographies. This is a true honest account that takes you on a journey. I highly recommend this book. I know Brian Wilson's book was just released "Again", so it would be great to read them back to back for a big picture.
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