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The Beach Boys' Smile
Author: Luis A. Sanchez

ISBN: 9781623562588
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 3 July 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 16.5 x 12.0 x 1.3
Description:
The first academic and in-depth journalistic look at this seminal lost album and its positioning in post-WWII American culture, class, identity and consciousness.

Smile is not merely a great unfinished album, but a living work of art that is all at once expansive, indeterminate, and resolutely pop.

In the early 1960s, The Beach Boys rose from the suburbs of Hawthorne, California to become emissaries of a post-war American dream that fused middle-class aspiration and mobility with images of youth. Led by dream master Brian Wilson, their music gave voice to a Southern California mythos and compelled an audience across the nation and beyond to live out their own versions of the fantasy. By 1966, the encroaching counterculture added new dimensions of creative possibility to popular music. Looking to revise and expand, Brian Wilson sought collaboration with a brilliant musician named Van Dyke Parks. Together they began work on Smile, an ambitious album of music that refracted The Beach Boys' naivete into a visionary exploration of American consciousness. Smile edged so close to greatness it seemed destined to become one of th...

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