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"Michael Love" redirects here. For other uses, see Michael Love (disambiguation). Mike Love Love performing with the Beach Boys, 2012Background informationBirth name Michael Edward LoveBorn (1941-03-15) March 15, 1941 (age 77)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.Origin Hawthorne, California, U.S.Genres
  • Rock
  • pop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments VocalsYears active 1961–presentLabels
  • Capitol
  • Brother
  • EMI
  • Boardwalk
  • Creole
  • Epic
Associated acts
  • The Beach Boys
  • Celebration
  • Mike & Dean

Michael Edward Love (born March 15, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who co-founded the Beach Boys. Characterised by his nasal and sometimes baritone singing, Love has been one of the band's vocalists and lyricists for most of their career, contributing to each of their studio albums. He is often regarded as a malign figure in the band's history, a reputation he acknowledges: "For those who believe that Brian walks on water, I will always be the Antichrist."[1]

In the 1960s, Love was one of Wilson's collaborators during a string of US top 10 singles for the Beach Boys, including "Fun, Fun, Fun" (1964), "California Girls" (1965), and "Good Vibrations" (1966). His lyrics primarily reflected the youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance, which helped fashion pop culture's perception of the "California Dream".[2] Starting in 1968, Love was a student of Transcendental Meditation (TM) under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and became a TM teacher in 1971. The experience influenced his lyrics to take on themes of astrology, meditation, politics and ecology. In the late 1970s, Love began working on solo albums, releasing his first in 1981: Looking Back with Love. In 1988, he, along with the other founding members of the Beach Boys, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The same year, the song, "Kokomo", co-written by Love, reached number one in the United States and was nominated for a Grammy.

Many of Love's contributions to the group's hits were not officially recognized until the 1990s, when he successfully sued for writing credits on 35 songs. He remains uncredited for another 44 Beach Boys songs he alleged to have co-written. In 1998, following the death of cousin Carl Wilson, Love was given an exclusive license to tour under the name the Beach Boys. His surviving bandmates, Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, embarked on solo endeavors. In 2011, the group reunited to produce a new album and embark on a tour for their 50th anniversary. Following the 50th anniversary reunion shows, Love resumed touring only with Bruce Johnston.

Contents
  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 1960s–1990s
    • 2.2 2000s–2010s
  • 3 Influences and lyricism
  • 4 Personal life
    • 4.1 Marriages and family
    • 4.2 Spiritual beliefs
    • 4.3 Political views
    • 4.4 Charity
  • 5 Awards and honors
  • 6 Discography
  • 7 References
  • 8 Bibliography
  • 9 External links
Early life

Love's mother, Emily (known as "Glee") Wilson, was the sister of Mary and Murry Wilson, a family resident in Los Angeles since the early 1920s. Glee married Edward Milton Love, the son of the founder of the Love Sheet Metal Company, in 1938. Michael Edward, the first of six children, was born in the Baldwin Hills district of Los Angeles, in 1941; thereafter the family moved to the upmarket View Park area. Mike attended Dorsey High School and graduated in 1959. Unsure of a career direction, he pumped gas and briefly joined his father's company, whose fortunes dramatically declined in the late 1950s. Both Milt and Glee Love were active in sports, and Glee had a distinct interest in painting and the arts. Like her brother, Murry, however, she was also strong-willed and, according to her husband, a dominant personality. The family was close-knit and regularly socialized with Murry and Audree Wilson and their sons. Murry Wilson was a part-time songwriter.[3]

Mike Love often sang at family get-togethers at his cousins, the Wilsons', home in nearby Hawthorne, especially at Christmas. It was here, under the vocal harmony guidance of Brian Wilson, that the Beach Boys sound was established, predominantly influenced by Brian's devotion to the Four Freshmen's arrangements. Musical accompaniment during this formative phase was solely Brian's self-taught piano, but this was quickly expanded by the guitar contributions of Brian's college friend Al Jardine (whose fundamental interest was folk music) and Carl Wilson (whose idol was Chuck Berry).[4] With the failure of Love Sheet Metal, the family was forced to move to a modest two-bedroom house in Inglewood, closer to the Wilsons.[3]

Career This section about a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (December 2006) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) 1960s–1990s See also: Love v. Wilson Mike Love with the Beach Boys in 1966

Love played rudimentary saxophone in the first years of the fledgling garage band that evolved from the Pendletones to the Beach Boys.[5] He also established himself, along with neighbor Gary Usher,[6] local DJ Roger Christian, and others, as a collaborator with Brian Wilson in the band's original compositions.[7] Carl Wilson commented that "It's not widely known, but Michael had a hand in a lot of the arrangements. He would bring out the funkier approaches, whether to go shoo-boo-bop or bom-bom-did-di-did-did. It makes a big difference, because it can change the whole rhythm, the whole color and tone of it."[8]

In early 1964, Brian Wilson began shifting the Beach Boys away from beach-themed music.[9] That November, Melody Maker reported that Love and the group wanted to look beyond surf rock and avoid living in the past or resting on the band's laurels.[10] However, Love has also been reported as resisting this direction. In a 1971 Rolling Stone article, business associate David Anderle quoted Love saying "don't fuck with the formula". Over the ensuing years, the quote was repeated in myriad books, articles, websites, and blogs.[11] In the description of music journalist Erik Hedegaard, Love gathered a reputation as "one of the biggest assholes in the history of rock & roll" due to accusations such as these.[12] Love dismissed most of the reported claims as hyperbole.[12] Anderle later retracted the statement, saying the quote was in reference to affairs related to the band's management, not their artistic direction.[11]

Love (front-right) performing with the Beach Boys in 1971

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, as Brian's health and mental stability fluctuated wildly, Mike Love continued to tour, effectively leading the Beach Boys on stage, with Carl as de facto musical director of the band. During this period, Love wrote the words and music of several songs, including "Big Sur" (1973), "Everyone's in Love With You" (1976) and "Sumahama" (1978).[citation needed]

In 1988, the group had a US number 1 hit with "Kokomo", the only number 1 the band achieved without Brian's involvement.[13] Love (along with "Kokomo" co-writers Scott McKenzie, Terry Melcher, and John Phillips) was nominated for a Golden Globe Award (1988) in the Original Song category, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Kokomo".[citation needed] Also in 1988, Love was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the other founding members of the Beach Boys. At the induction ceremony Love delivered a hostile speech, criticizing, among others, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney.[14] When asked in 2016 if he regretted anything about the night, Love said "Yeah, I regret that I didn't meditate ."[12]

In 1992, Love, along with Al Jardine and several of Wilson's family members, sued Brian for defamation regarding claims made in the 1991 memoir Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story. The case was settled out of court by publisher HarperCollins, who awarded Love $1.5 million. It was the first of numerous lawsuits that Love would file against Brian.[12] Two years later, Love won a legal proceeding to establish what he considered to be proper authorship credit for many of the Beach Boys songs he co-wrote. Love successfully argued that Murry Wilson avoided crediting him with his early lyrical contributions to Brian's songs, denying Love accrued royalties.[12] He later called it "almost certainly the largest case of fraud in music history".[15]

2000s–2010s The touring line-up of Mike Love and Bruce Johnston's "the Beach Boys Band", plus guest member David Marks, in 2008

After the death of Carl Wilson in 1998, Love continued to tour with the Beach Boys, along with Bruce Johnston and a supporting band of new musicians, occasionally including actor John Stamos. He leased exclusive rights to tour under the Beach Boys name in a boardroom settlement with Brother Records, the Beach Boys' company.[citation needed]

On November 3, 2005 Love sued Brian Wilson and The Mail On Sunday newspaper because the Beach Boys' name and Love's image were used in a promotional CD that was given free with the paper to promote the 2004 Brian Wilson presents Smile release. Love argued that the unauthorized (by Brother Records Inc.) free CD resulted in loss of income for the band. The lawsuit was dismissed on May 16, 2007 on the grounds that it was without merit.[16][clarification needed]

In 2011, Love reunited with Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks for a new Beach Boys album and 50th anniversary tour beginning in 2012.[17] In September 2012, Love and Bruce Johnston announced via a press release that following the end of the reunion tour the Beach Boys would revert to the Love/Johnston lineup, without Wilson, Jardine or Marks, all of whom expressed surprise. Although such dates were noted in a late June issue of Rolling Stone, it was widely reported that the three had been "fired".[18]

His autobiography entitled Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy was published on September 13, 2016.[19][20]

On November 17, 2017, Love released his second solo album Unleash the Love.

Influences and lyricism

In writing many of the Beach Boys songs, Love drew inspiration from the lyrics of Chuck Berry along with Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, who wrote many of the Everly Brothers' songs including "Devoted to You" and "All I Have to Do is Dream". He explained, "They were both the fun, descriptive pictorial vignettes as well as the more sweet, romantic and devotional lyrics. ... Even before that and more fundamental than that, I was always into poetry. I would read English literature or American literature and poets and poems. I would be really bad at math but I'd really be into language, for instance, Spanish or liberal arts, specifically ancient poetry like Chaucer."[21]

Personal life This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (March 2016) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Marriages and family

Love has been married to Jacquelyne Piesen since 1994 and has eight children: two with Piesen and six from his four previous marriages.[22] Love is a vegetarian who practices and teaches Transcendental Meditation, wears Indian Ayurveda rings and partakes in traditional Hindu ceremonies.[23][24] He currently resides in Incline Village at Lake Tahoe, Nevada.[25]

In addition to being cousin to the Wilson brothers, Love is the brother of former NBA basketball player Stan Love and of Pink Martini harpist Maureen Love and is the uncle of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Kevin Love.

Spiritual beliefs

Mike Love was among the first pop musicians to become involved in the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, through his meeting with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.[citation needed] Having commenced Transcendental Meditation studies in December 1967,[26] he accompanied the Beatles, Donovan, Prudence Farrow, and Mia Farrow on their famous trip to the guru's ashram at Rishikesh in India in early 1968. Later that year, he organised for the Beach Boys to tour the US with the Maharishi, although the venture was abandoned after just three days. The 1968 Beach Boys album Friends has some of the first Mike Love lyrics relating to his experiences in India and Transcendental Meditation, themes he continues to write about in his lyrics to the current day.[citation needed]

Political views The Beach Boys with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan at the White House, June 12, 1983

A photographed handshake between Love and Ronald Reagan in the 1980s led many to label Love as a political conservative, although he describes himself as a progressive.[27]

Charity

Love has been a longtime supporter of environmental causes and was among speakers at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and Earth Day 2000 on the Mall in Washington, DC. Love was instrumental in forming StarServe ("Students Taking Action and Responsibility to Serve") which enlisted high-profile celebrities to inspire America's youth to help serve their communities.[28] He also created the Love Foundation, which supports national environmental and educational initiatives.[citation needed] Love personally donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina and helped the foundation raise an additional $250,000. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, Nevada,[not in citation given] and was responsible for raising over $1 million to benefit the school.[28]

In 2010, Mike Love contributed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's More Hope For The Holidays album with vocals on "Closing of the Year" as well as contributing his self-penned "Santa's Goin' To Kokomo". On the album he appears alongside Weezer, Brandi Carlile, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.[29] He performed a benefit concert for the foundation for the Children of the Californias which raised one million dollars to support the expansion of three new surgical suites. During the 50th Reunion Tour Love alongside the Beach Boys partnered with Operation Smile to raise funds for those in need of cleft lip and palate repair surgeries. In May 2013, Love was recognised for his decades of investment in education and national service by being awarded City Year's "Seven Generations Award".[28]

Awards and honors
  • 2014: Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award.[30]
Discography See also: The Beach Boys discography

Studio albums

  • 1981: Looking Back with Love
  • 2017: Unleash the Love
  • 2018: Reason for the Season

With Celebration

  • 1978: Almost Summer: Music from the Original Motion Picture Score
  • 1979: Celebration
  • 1979: Disco Celebration

Other albums

  • 1996: Catch a Wave
  • 1998: Salute NASCAR (with Bruce Johnston and David Marks)
  • 2001: Summertime Cruisin (with Bruce Johnston)

Singles

  • 1967: "Gettin' Hungry" b/w "Devoted To You" (with Brian Wilson)
  • 1978: "Almost Summer" b/w "Island Girl" (with Celebration) - #28 Billboard Hot 100
  • 1978: "It's Ok" b/w "Lookin' Good" (with Celebration)
  • 1979: "Starbaby" b/w "Getting Hungry" (with Celebration)
  • 1981: "Looking Back With Love" b/w "One Good Reason"
  • 1981: "Runnin' Around The World" b/w "One Good Reason"
  • 1982: "Be My Baby" b/w "Teach Me Tonight"
  • 1982: "Be True To Your Bud" b/w "Be True To Your Bud" (Instrumental) (Released as Mike & Dean) with Dean Torrence
  • 1982: "Da Doo Ron Ron" b/w "Baby Talk" (Released as Mike & Dean) with Dean Torrence
  • 1983: "Jingle Bell Rock" b/w "Let's Party" (released as Mike Love & Dean Torrence)
  • 1983: "Jingle Bells" by Paul Revere & the Raiders b/w "Jingle Bell Rock" (released as Mike Love & Dean Torrence)
  • 2006: "Santa's Goin' To Kokomo"
  • 2007: "Hungry Heart"
  • 2015: "(You'll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day"
  • 2017: "Do It Again" (with Mark McGrath & John Stamos)
  • 2017: "Unleash the Love"
  • 2017: "All the Love in Paris" (with Dave Koz)
  • 2017: "Darlin'" (with AJR)
References
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  4. ^ Badman 2004, pp. 10–11.
  5. ^ Graham Betts (2 June 2014). Motown Encyclopedia. AC Publishing. pp. 41–. ISBN 978-1-311-44154-6.
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  7. ^ Michael J Roberts (26 February 2014). The Great Songwriters - Beginnings Vol 2: Paul Simon and Brian Wilson. BookBaby. pp. 40–. ISBN 978-1-4835-2148-0.
  8. ^ McKeen 2017, p. 131.
  9. ^ Priore 2005, p. 28.
  10. ^ Welch, C (November 14, 1964). "Beach Boys Brought their own vegetables – so audiences beware!". Melody Maker. p. 18.
  11. ^ a b Love 2016, p. 164.
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  13. ^ Brown, Scott (28 May 2004). "The truth behind that annoying hit song Kokomo". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Flashback: Mike Love Rages at the 1988 Rock Hall Ceremony". Rolling Stone. December 16, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  15. ^ Love 2016, p. 373.
  16. ^ "QUICK TAKES; Beach Boys lawsuit dismissed (HOME EDITION)". Los Angeles Times. 16 May 2007. p. E.3. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
  17. ^ Patrick Doyle (2011-12-19). "Exclusive: Mike Love 'Looking Forward' to Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  18. ^ Wilson, Brian (9 October 2012). "'It kinda feels like getting fired' -- Brian Wilson to Mike Love" – via LA Times.
  19. ^ Greene, Andy (November 20, 2014). "Mike Love Memoir, 'Good Vibration: My Life as a Beach Boy,' Due in 2016". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  20. ^ Rodman, Sarah (September 9, 2016). "Mike Love's Memoir, 'Good Vibrations,' Recalls the Beach Boys Harmonies and Strife". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
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  22. ^ "Michael Edward Love". Retrieved 2 February 2013.
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  30. ^ "Ella Award Special Events". February 12, 2011. Archived from the original on May 14, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
Bibliography
  • Badman, Keith (2004). The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band, on Stage and in the Studio. Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-0-87930-818-6.
  • Carlin, Peter Ames (2006). Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Rodale. ISBN 978-1-59486-320-2.
  • Irvin, Jim (2007). "1966 – The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds". The Mojo Collection: 4th Edition. Canongate Books. ISBN 978-1-84767-643-6.
  • Love, Mike (2016). Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy. Penguin Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-698-40886-9.
  • McKeen, William (2017). Everybody Had an Ocean: Music and Mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 978-1-61373-494-0.
External links
  • Beach Boys Band – current touring band
  • Mike Love interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  • Mike Love's website
  • Mike Love Fan Club
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Mike LoveStudio albums
  • Looking Back with Love
  • Unleash the Love
Singles
  • "Gettin' Hungry"
  • "Be My Baby"
  • "Da Doo Ron Ron"
  • "Jingle Bell Rock"
  • "Santa's Goin' to Kokomo"
  • "Hungry Heart"
  • "(You'll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day"
  • "Do It Again"
Family
  • Kevin Love
  • Stan Love
  • Brian Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Murry Wilson
Related articles
  • The Beach Boys
    • touring band
  • The Beatles in India
  • Celebration
    • Almost Summer
    • Celebration
  • "Don't fuck with the formula"
  • Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy
  • Love v. Wilson
  • "Pacific Ocean Blues"
  • Songs
  • Dean Torrence
The Beach Boys
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  • e
The Beach Boys
  • Al Jardine
  • Mike Love
  • Brian Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Blondie Chaplin
  • Ricky Fataar
  • David Marks
  • Bruce Johnston
Studio albums
  • Surfin' Safari
  • Surfin' U.S.A.
  • Surfer Girl
  • Little Deuce Coupe
  • Shut Down Volume 2
  • All Summer Long
  • The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
  • The Beach Boys Today!
  • Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
  • Beach Boys' Party!
  • Pet Sounds
  • Smiley Smile
  • Wild Honey
  • Friends
  • 20/20
  • Sunflower
  • Surf's Up
  • Carl and the Passions – "So Tough"
  • Holland
  • 15 Big Ones
  • The Beach Boys Love You
  • M.I.U. Album
  • L.A. (Light Album)
  • Keepin' the Summer Alive
  • The Beach Boys
  • Still Cruisin'
  • Summer in Paradise
  • Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
  • That's Why God Made the Radio
Live albums
  • Beach Boys Concert
  • Live in London
  • The Beach Boys in Concert
  • Good Timin': Live at Knebworth England 1980
  • Songs from Here & Back
  • Live – The 50th Anniversary Tour
  • Live in Sacramento 1964
  • Live in Chicago 1965
  • Graduation Day 1966
  • 1967 – Live Sunshine
Selected
compilations
  • Endless Summer
  • Rarities
  • Made in U.S.A.
  • Lost & Found (1961–62)
  • Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys
  • The Pet Sounds Sessions
  • Endless Harmony
  • Ultimate Christmas
  • Hawthorne, CA
  • The Smile Sessions
  • Made in California
  • The Big Beat 1963
  • Keep an Eye on Summer 1964
  • Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered and Unplugged
  • Becoming the Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions
  • 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow
FilmsDocumentaries
  • Good Vibrations Tour (1976)
  • An American Band (1985)
  • Nashville Sounds (1996)
  • Endless Harmony: The Beach Boys Story (1998)
  • Good Timin': Live at Knebworth England 1980 (2002)
  • Doin' It Again (2012)
Fictionalized
  • The Girls on the Beach (1965)
  • The Monkey's Uncle (1965)
  • An American Family (2000)
  • Love & Mercy (2014)
Places
  • Beach Boys Historic Landmark
  • Beach Boys Studio
  • Brother Studios
  • Radiant Radish
  • United Western Recorders
Influence
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  • Chamber pop
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Unreleased
  • Smile (1966–67)
  • Lei'd in Hawaii (1967)
  • Bedroom Tapes (1967–75)
  • Adult/Child (1977)
  • Merry Christmas from the Beach Boys (1977)
  • Andy Paley sessions (1992–97)
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  • Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile
  • Brian Wilson Presents Smile
  • Caroline Now!
  • Four by the Beach Boys
  • "Goodbye Surfing, Hello God!"
  • Good Vibrations (musical)
  • Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy
  • I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir
  • Looking Back with Love
  • Pacific Ocean Blue
  • Pet Sounds Live
  • Smiling Pets
  • Spring
  • Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story
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Unleash The Love (2-CD)
Unleash The Love (2-CD)
Grammy® Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member, Michael Edward Love, grew up under the Southern California sun where he soaked up a life of music, surf, sand and sport. Beginning his singing career as a teenager, Mike along with his cousin, Brian Wilson, frequently sang at family get-togethers and holiday gatherings. These early influences served as the inspiration to form the legendary group, The Beach Boys, which originally consisted of Mike and his cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson along with neighbor David Marks and High School friend Alan Jardine. Throughout his career, Mike has co-authored more than a dozen Top 10 Singles, cementing The Beach Boys legacy, alongside The Beatles and Michael Jackson, as the only artists to have produced twelve Top 10 Singles, within 5 years. The Beach Boys are currently on the Wild Honey World Tour across the U.S. and Europe. The tour began on May 18th at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will wind through the U.K. and Europe before heading to the US. The band is set to perform several US dates including the Beacon Theater in New York City on August 17th. The tour will continue into fall of 2017 and feature the band’s beloved summer sound as they perform a mix of their greatest hits and fan favorites.The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love (lead vocals) and Bruce Johnston (keyboards and vocals), who along with musical director Scott Totten (lead guitar, vocals) Jeffrey Foskett (rhythm guitar, vocals), Brian Eichenburger (bass, vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards), and John Cowsill (drums) continue the legacy of the iconic American band.

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Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy
Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling Good Vibrations tells the story of Mike Love's legendary, raucous, and ultimately triumphant five-decade career as the front man of the Beach Boys, the most popular American band in history.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 twenty-six 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 cowrote the lyrics to eleven of the twelve original Beach Boy songs that were Top 10 hits while providing he 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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Reason For The Season (Clear Vinyl with Red & Green Splatter)
Reason For The Season (Clear Vinyl with Red & Green Splatter)
Growing up in my household in Southern California on the corner of Mt. Vernon & Fairway, Music was an integral part of life, But there was no other time of the year where music was more part of life than during the holidays. The grand piano, organ and harp in the living room provided the instrumental backing to all the vocals. The Holidays were a time of family get-togethers, gift giving , wonder feasts and most memorably, Christmas carols sung in harmony with one another. Songs Like “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Little St. Nick” combined with songs that remind us of the Reason for the Season; celebrating an event that took place in the little town of Bethlehem over 2000 years ago, the birth of Jesus, which for many became a birth of hope , peace, unity & love. As the words of “O Holy Night” say “His Law is love and His gospel is peace, “Jesus taught us to love one another. That message needs to be heard today more than ever before. So, as we celebrate and enjoy all the wonderful traditions of the holiday season, Lets hold in our hearts the Reason for the Season. Peace & Love Mike Love

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For the Love of Mike: A Molly Murphy Mystery (Molly Murphy Mysteries Book 3)
For the Love of Mike: A Molly Murphy Mystery (Molly Murphy Mysteries Book 3)
From the author of In Farleigh Field...Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome, something that's as frustrating to her fiery Irish pride as it is to her rapidly emptying pocketbook.Then two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. An aristocratic family in Dublin fears their daughter has fled to the New World with her unsavory boyfriend, and they hire Molly to track the two down and send the young woman back home. Before she has time to consider her good luck, she's asked to go undercover as a piece worker in the garment business and investigate a potential case of industrial espionage. Now if she can only solve both cases without the help of Daniel Sullivan, the police captain who claims he loves her but who is engaged to someone else...Full of the rich detail of New York's teeming immigrant community and the colorful historical personalities of the age, For the Love of Mike is the triumphant third installment in Rhys Bowen's Agatha Award-winning series.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO - Wembley or Bust (2 CD/1 Blu-Ray)
Jeff Lynne's ELO - Wembley or Bust (2 CD/1 Blu-Ray)
Wembley or Bust is a special release commemorating the June 24th, 2017 performance by Jeff Lynne's ELO at the famed Wembley Stadium in London, England. The Wembley or Bust album is available digitally, or physically as a 2 disc audio CD and a 3 LP vinyl package. There are also two Deluxe packages each including the 2 disc CD set, and the concert film on Standard DVD or BLU-RAY DVD. The music is produced by Jeff Lynne, and the concert film is directed by Paul Dugdale. In Wembley or Bust, we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd. As Jeff says himself 'It's the best time I ever had in music... It is beyond anything I could have imagined'. More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne's ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical music. The Wembley or Bust audio and film includes performances of many of the most beloved songs of our lifetime, from vintage ELO classics like "Mr. Blue Sky," "Livin' Thing" and "Evil Woman" to "Do Ya" from his days with The Move, "Handle With Care" which he recorded with the Traveling Wilburys, right through "When I Was A Boy" from his latest ELO masterpiece, Alone In The Universe. Jeff Lynne is widely regarded as one of the greatest record producers in music history. In addition to his storied career in ELO, Lynne was a co-founder and member of The Travelling Wilburys together with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty as well as a producer and collaborator with some of the biggest names in music including The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and most recently, Bryan Adams.

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Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and David Marks of the Beach Boys Salute Nascar
Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and David Marks of the Beach Boys Salute Nascar
New recordings produced by Arthur Baker. Tracks: I Get Around/Little Deuce Coup/Little Old lady from Pasadena/409/Shut Down/Little GTO/Ballad of Ole Betsy/Little Honda/Fun, Fun, Fun/Don't Worry Baby.

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