The Beach Boys are one of the most famous rock bands in the genre’s near century-long history and stand among the pioneers of the genre, but they’ve never truly been able to tell their story in full from the beginning. That changes in 2024, with Genesis Publications releasing an autobiography of the band in book form, and pre-orders for the book opening alongside the book’s announcement. This paperback is one hundred percent original, with no sullying or rewording from any external sources – this book, aptly named ‘The Beach Boys’, is written entirely by the band members.
The history of the world-famous Californian group starts with a young Brian Wilson, who conceived the idea for the group (originally called the Pendletones) in the late 1950s. The band originally consisted of a quintet of Wilson, his brothers Carl and Dennis, Mike Love and Al Jardine, with more members joining over time. From the release of their first single, ‘Surfin’, in 1961, to their latest album, ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’, in 2012, the Beach Boys’ music has been critically acclaimed, but what went on with the band behind the scenes, and what went into making that music, has been largely obfuscated for a long time – that is, until the release of this self-titled autobiography.
The 400-page, 60,000-word book dives into all types of details, small or big, from before the band even formed up until their rise to global prominence and their 1980 Independence Day performance at the National Mall in Washington D.C. The band’s rise from Hawthorne garage band to worldwide phenomenon is one of the main themes of the book, covering what happened during that rise to fame inside the group. Pre-orders for the book cost a massive £945, but the mass-produced copies releasing in 2024 will (hopefully) cost much less.
Find more information on the book and its release here.