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.
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"This memoir is a marvelous listening experience.... [Mike Love's] delivery is steady, thoughtful, sincere, and occasionally emotional as well. His mellow tone, while quite slow and deliberate, is reminiscent of the idealized laid-back California lifestyle the Beach Boys sang about." (AudioFile)
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...
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.
Better than most...I love having Mike Love tell stories in his voice...just like sitting with him and having him tell you his memories about his family and The Beach Boys....
Troublemaker...Leah Remini ...in her voice she tells her story ...
Mike adds some singing a line or two from a song he wrote with Brian Wilson and you feel like you were really there.
Yes...when his family begins to die...Mike is 74 and really tells you about all his losses..and I loved his memories about his Christmas traditions...
Both books are great...but I really enjoyed the Audible better....because Mike is a performer and it never gets old...it just is fascinating....
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.
Mike Love does a great job reading The Beach Boys story (albeit on 1.25). I knew a little bit of the story and liked some of the music but am now a true fan! Mike has done what no other band has done, stay current with older songs. He's honest, the story is gripping and the lessons learned are way beyond the musical genius. BRavo Mike!!!!
Thank you Mike Love for giving us this beautiful, yet sometimes tragic and painful memoir. This book is truly a page turner from the first utterance through the final page.
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.
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