BeachBoys Holland 1500 flip

opinions about the stories about beach boys album covers

“BACK THROUGH THE OPERA GLASS” is the title of three lengthy ar­ti­cles that re­view most of the Beach Boys album covers re­leased on major la­bels in the US. It is sub­ti­tled “The Sto­ries Be­hind the Album Covers” and was written by Mal­colm Searles. This mas­sive project covers every im­por­tant album from 1962 through the present. [Continue reading]

Surfer BigWave PeterMendia 1600

a complementary if brief surf raiders bio/overview

DO MOST YOUNG PEOPLE know what “surf music” is? That’s REAL surf music, the kind played by a guitar-and-rhythm-section-and-no-singer group! Many people—including non-record col­lecting older folk—think of the Beach Boys’ early har­monies when they hear the term “surf music,” but that was never con­sid­ered surf music by surfer guys and gals (dudes and bun­nies?). [Continue reading]

Dalley BigWaveSurfer 1600

surfing guitars and instrumental surf bands of the early ’60s

ARGUING THE ‘BEST’ ROCK GUITAR PLAYERS of the ’60 is prob­ably a pretty dumb way to waste time—and “Surfing Gui­tars” will not be doing that! Con­sid­er­ably more con­struc­tive and in­ter­esting would be an ar­gu­ment as to who were—and that’s in­ten­tion­ally plural—the most ‘cre­ative’ players. Of course, to reach any kind of con­sensus there would re­quire that we first agree on a de­f­i­n­i­tion of ‘cre­ative’ in that context! [Continue reading]

Ogden Wave1b

surf raiders discography & price guide

THE SURF RAIDERS Discog­raphy & Price Guide is the second of three ar­ti­cles on Bob Dalley and his group The Surf Raiders and his book Surfin’ Gui­tars. This is prob­ably the most com­plete listing of the group’s records ever pub­lished. It is also most likely the most ac­cu­rate if gen­er­al­ized price guide for the group’s records. [Continue reading]