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Good Vibrations brings together scholars with a variety of expertise, from music to cultural studies to literature, to assess the full extent of the contributions to popular culture and popular music of one the most successful and influential pop bands of the 20th century. The book covers the full fifty-year history of the Beach Boys’ music, from essays on some of the group’s best-known music—such as their hit single “Good Vibrations”—to their mythical unfinished masterpiece, Smile. Throughout, the book places special focus on the individual whose creative vision brought the whole enterprise to life, Brian Wilson, advancing our understanding of his gifts as a songwriter, arranger, and producer.

The book joins a growing body of literature on the popular music of the 1960s, in general, and on Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys in particular. But Good Vibrations extends the investigation further and deeper than it has gone before, not only offering new understanding and insights into individual songs and albums, but also providing close examination of compositional techniques and reflections on the group’s place in American popular culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Part I: Musical Commentaries
  1. 1. “Brian Comes Alive”: Celebrity, Performance, and the Limitations of Biography in Lyric Reading
  2. Kirk Curnutt
  3. pp. 3-30
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  1. 2. Pet Sound Effects
  2. Daniel Harrison
  3. pp. 31-62
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  1. 3. Brian Wilson’s Harmonic Language
  2. Philip Lambert
  3. pp. 63-102
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  1. Part II: Historical Inquiries
  1. 4. Summer of ’64
  2. Keir Keightley
  3. pp. 105-136
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  1. 5. When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys’ Early Music
  2. Jadey O’Regan
  3. pp. 137-167
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  1. 6. Into the Mystic?: The Undergrounding of Brian Wilson, 1964–1967
  2. Dale Carter
  3. pp. 168-188
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  1. 7. Good Reverberations
  2. Philip Lambert
  3. pp. 189-212
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  1. Part III: Smile
  1. 8. Fandom and Ontology in Smile
  2. Andrew Flory
  3. pp. 215-241
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  1. 9. A Listener’s Smile
  2. Larry Starr
  3. pp. 242-262
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  1. General Bibliography
  2. pp. 263-274
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 275-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-292
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472122271
Related ISBN
9780472119950
MARC Record
OCLC
960977355
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-26
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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