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Mike Love’s GOOD VIBRATIONS: My Life as a Beach Boy

Harvey Kubernik on Mike Love’s new autobiography

By Harvey Kubernik c 2016

The Beach Boys are arguably the most popular American rock band of all time, with thirteen Gold Albums, fifty-fivegoodvibrations_jacket Top 100 singles, and four #1 hits, spanning more than five decades.  The appeal of their music is eternal, now stretching across four generations, and they remain a major touring act in the United States and around the world.  Yet they are significant not merely as a pop phenomenon, but as avatars of more than half a century of American musical and cultural history.

Now, Mike Love—one of the group’s founders, its main lead singer, and one of its principal lyricists—delivers the most genuine, comprehensive, and engaging memoir of the group ever written, GOOD VIBRATIONS: My Life as a Beach Boy with James Hirsch, published by Blue Rider Press.

The book’s arrival coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the Beach Boys’ iconic and critically hailed song of the same title. Continue reading


By Harvey Kubernik C 2016

Music legend Brian Wilson has announced a 2016 world tour to celebrate and perform the iconic album Pet Sounds for a final time, in honor of its LP_OUT-P1_output.pdf50th anniversary. Dates begin in March.

Originally released on May 16, 1966, Pet Sounds is universally hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time. With more than 70 dates being confirmed, and several previously announced dates selling out in record time, Wilson and his band will be joined by former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin when they kick off the tour this Spring.

Concert stops include dates in Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, and Portugal followed by a full U.S. tour later this Summer and Fall.

Fans can expect a live performance of Pet Sounds in its entirety, as well as top hits and fan favorites spanning his 54-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist.

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In 1965, with the Beach Boys out on tour, Wilson began session work on some of the most deeply personal recordings of his career. Inspired by The Beatles Rubber Soul, he challenged himself to create an immaculate musical masterpiece. A vast departure from the bands’ then commercial sound, the resulting “concept album” Pet Sounds achieved great critical success helping usher in a new musical landscape and hit the Top 10 in the US while topping the charts in the UK. Continue reading

Songwriter & Poet Stephen J. Kalinich

In late 2010, Ms Music Records released the album “California Feeling,” a tribute devoted to poet and lyricist Stephen J. Kalinich’s of his songs covered by the likes of David Marks, The Honeys, Carnie & Wendy Wilson, Carl B. Wilson, and Alan Boyd, among other performers. The compilation producers are Mark Linett and Alan Boyd. Executive Producer is Carol Schofield.

Stephen J. KalinichKalinich, co-wrote the song “A Friend Like You” with Brian Wilson, recorded by Paul McCartney and Wilson a few years ago for the album of Wilson duets, “Getting In Over My Head,” is a former Brother Records and Jobete Music staff writer

Last century, tunesmith Kalinich penned “Be Still” and “Little Bird” with Dennis Wilson, songs that appear on the Beach Boys’ “Friends” album. Kalinich’s “Rainbows” and “Love Remember Me” were featured on the 2008 reissue of Dennis Wilson’s “Pacific Ocean Blue” album.

In addition, the Beach Boys’ anthology, “Hawthorne, CA,” contained Kalinich’s “A Time To Live in Dreams.”

In 2010 on Al Jardine’s EP “A Postcard from California,” actor Alec Baldwin is spotlighted reciting the Kalinich poem “Tide Pool Interlude.”

Over the years Stephen Kalinich has collaborated with songwriter P. F. Sloan on “If You Knew” and “Soul of a Woman,” and previously had his words sung by Mary Wilson of the Supremes, “You Dance My Heart Around the Stars,” Odyssey, whose recording of “Magic Touch” was a top 40s hit; and Randy Crawford, with “Only Your Love Song Last.”

There’s also Kalinich’s seemingly lost literary work, “A World of Peace Must Come,” that was recently rediscovered and appeared on Light In The Attic Records’ 2008 CD boxed set devoted to the poetry of Kalinich. Another early composition, “Leaves of Grass,” was released on this CD, accompanied by Mark Buckingham and produced by Carl Wilson. Continue reading