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Surf Beat is the first book to tell the story of the birth of surf music, and its persistent survival and reinvention in the face of decades of dismissal as a mere cultural aberration. Conventional wisdom posits the notion that rock 'n' roll languished in the period between 1959 and 1963. Yet in that four-year stretch between Elvis joining the army and Buddy Holly's death, and the emergence of the Beatles, a musical revolution took place in Southern California that would influence all electric guitar forms that followed it. They called it surf music, and in Surf Beat, it finally gets its day in the sun. Surf music authority and author Kent Crowley uncovers the story of the initial emergence of surf music as first a local, then a national and international phenomenon, and its subsequent waves of popularity through the ensuing decades.
Kent Crowley writes about music for numerous publications, including Vintage Guitar and Shakin Fever. He researched Bob Keanes autobiography. The Oracle of Del-Fi, and edited The Gold Star Album, the forthcoming book by Stan Ross and Dave Gold, founders of Hollywoods Gold Star Studios. He consulted on Freak Out In Cucamonga, a documentary film about Frank Zappas period as a studio owner and surf-music pioneer. A former surfer and surf guitarist, Crowley lives in Fontana, California.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: The Day The Music DidnÆt Die||p. 4|
|Glossary of Essential Terms||p. 7|
|Prologue: The Surf Also Rises: Commencing the Last Wave||p. 8|
|The South Swell 1957-1962|
|Secret SurfinÆ Spot||p. 14|
|Rebel Rouser||p. 28|
|LetÆs Go TrippinÆ||p. 43|
|Mr Moto||p. 53|
|The West Swell 1962-1964|
|Moment Of Truth||p. 81|
|Dead ManÆs Curve||p. 109|
|The North Swell 1964-1972|
|A New Shade of Blue||p. 158|
|Third Stone From The Sun||p. 171|
|The Endless Summer||p. 189|
|The Great Swell 1971-1999|
|DonÆt Let Your Goodbye Stand||p. 203|
|Rumble At Waikiki||p. 212|
|Surfers Rule||p. 224|
|Big Wednesday 1999-2007|
|Recommended Listening||p. 241|
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