Surf Beat

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-06-01
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books
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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.

Author Biography

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 Diep. 4
Glossary of Essential Termsp. 7
Prologue: The Surf Also Rises: Commencing the Last Wavep. 8
The South Swell 1957-1962
Secret SurfinÆ Spotp. 14
Rebel Rouserp. 28
LetÆs Go TrippinÆp. 43
Mr Motop. 53
Stokedp. 65
The West Swell 1962-1964
Moment Of Truthp. 81
Miserioup. 94
Dead ManÆs Curvep. 109
Penetrationp. 145
The North Swell 1964-1972
A New Shade of Bluep. 158
Third Stone From The Sunp. 171
The Endless Summerp. 189
The Great Swell 1971-1999
DonÆt Let Your Goodbye Standp. 203
Rumble At Waikikip. 212
Surfers Rulep. 224
Big Wednesday 1999-2007
Epiloguep. 233
Endnotesp. 239
Recommended Listeningp. 241
Sourcesp. 244
Indexp. 247
Acknowledgementsp. 255
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