New book on the SoCal scene in the 60s

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New book on the SoCal scene in the 60s

Postby GoogaMooga » 09 Sep 2021, 17:16

Hello! Here is a new book, "Hollywood Eden", on the SoCal music scene. It is written by music journalist Joel Selvin, and I think it could be very interesting. Among other things, it sheds new light on the regional hero, Bruce Johnston, who played a prominent part before joining the Beach Boys:

from https://www.pollstar.com/article/joel-s ... ene-147802

Jan was the one who first had the dream to perform music and managed to keep it going when others came and went in the early days. Except for Bruce Johnston, who is a constant presence; that surprised me.

Isn’t it amazing? I think that one of the book’s real accomplishments is revealing the true dimensions of Bruce Johnston’s rock and roll heroism. He’s a major figure in Southern California music and an extraordinary character. And everybody just thinks of him as this guy who joined The Beach Boys sort of late in the game.


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Re: New book on the SoCal scene in the 60s

Postby Charlie O. » 10 Sep 2021, 03:41

I'll read that.
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Re: New book on the SoCal scene in the 60s

Postby Hag-man » 11 Sep 2021, 03:52

It's a fun read. Lots of obscure detail. Jan and Dean - very out-there guys!
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Re: New book on the SoCal scene in the 60s

Postby Charlie O. » 11 Sep 2021, 06:43

Hag-man!! Is it really you??
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Postby Hag-man » 11 Sep 2021, 06:52

Sure is! It's been a while..... :-) Wasn't sure this was still happening, and more than pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong....
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Re: New book on the SoCal scene in the 60s

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 11 Sep 2021, 15:36

Hag-man wrote:Sure is! It's been a while..... :-) Wasn't sure this was still happening, and more than pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong....



Yay! Hag-man. Good to see you here and I hope you're sticking around.

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Re: New book on the SoCal scene in the 60s

Postby Hag-man » 12 Sep 2021, 08:54

With a welcome-back like that, how could I not? :-)
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Re: New book on the SoCal scene in the 60s

Postby Rayge » 12 Sep 2021, 10:30

Looks a fascinating read. Jan Berry has been a musical hero to me since I was a teen, much more so than the Wilsons.
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