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{Read Book} Í Everybody Had an Ocean: Music and Mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles ⚼ Los Angeles in the s gave the world some of the greatest music in rock n roll history California Dreamin by the Mamas and the Papas, Mr Tambourine Man by the Byrds, and Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys, a song that magnificently summarized the joy and beauty of the era in three and a half minutesBut there was a dark flip side to the fun fun fun of the music, a nexus between naive young musicians and the hangers on who exploited the decade s peace, love, and flowers ethos, all fueled by sex, drugs, and overnight success One surf music superstar unwittingly subsidized the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr The transplanted Texas singer Bobby Fuller might have been murdered by the Mob in what is still an unsolved case And after hearing Charlie Manson sing, Neil Young recommended him to the president of Warner Bros Records Manson s ultimate rejection by the music industry likely led to the infamous murders that shocked a nation Everybody Had an Ocean chronicles the migration of the rock n roll business to Southern California and how the artists flourished there The cast of characters is astonishing Brian and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, eccentric producer Phil Spector, Cass Elliot, Sam Cooke, Ike and Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, and scores of others and their stories form a modern epic of the battles between innocence and cynicism, joy and terror You ll never hear that beautiful music in quite the same way Fascinating, comprehensive, who s who and what s what of the sixties music scene inLos Angeles, concentrating on The Beach Boys and the intersection of the music world and Charles Manson So many interesting stories Highly recommended Advanced Reader Copy ARC provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.I grew up in Southern California during the Surf Craze of the 50 s and 60 s This is my backyard, my music, my childhood Of course, I knew nothing about the sex and drugs All I cared about was the rock and roll William McKeen takes a Helter Skelter look at the music industry in California in the 1960 s He starts with the Beach Boys and Dennis Wilson s relationship with Ch Advanced Reader Copy ARC provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.I grew up in Southern California during the Surf Craze of the 50 s and 60 s This is my backyard, my music, my childhood Of course, I knew nothing about the sex and drugs All I cared about was the rock and roll William McKeen takes a Helter Skelter look at the music industry in California in the 1960 s He starts with the Beach Boys and Dennis Wilson s relationship with Charlie Manson, then briefly recounts the scandal plagued history of the Hollywood movie industry before he heads into the history of Rock and Roll with the movers and shakers and their sometimes stab you in the back tactics Recounting stories and scandals along the way, McKeen writes a dry narrative of the era weaving the life and times of Brian Wilson throughout But very much like a train wreck about to happen, you just can t look away This book details the music industry during the decade of the 1960 s in connection to southern California Jan Dean, the Beach Boys and other local groups started a movement Once Capital Records and its recording studio were formed within the L.A community, top recording artists across America gravitated west to seek fame and connect with Phil Spector The culture of sun, sand and surf, quickly evolved into sex, drugs and not just rock and roll but a wide assortment of music.The Beach Boys g This book details the music industry during the decade of the 1960 s in connection to southern California Jan Dean, the Beach Boys and other local groups started a movement Once Capital Records and its recording studio were formed within the L.A community, top recording artists across America gravitated west to seek fame and connect with Phil Spector The culture of sun, sand and surf, quickly evolved into sex, drugs and not just rock and roll but a wide assortment of music.The Beach Boys gained full recognition in the fall of 1963 the same time I entered middle school In homeroom we d often swap Beach Boy and Beatle 45 rpms A couple years later I purchased my first surfboard that was kept at my grandparents home on Cape Cod, which in part was the reason I was drawn to the 60 s southern California music, but with firm east coast roots I had no desire to live the west coast lifestyle It wasn t all fun, fun, fun I did not know the full connection of Charles Manson to the music industry, nor did I comprehend the full mayhem and a dark side of Los Angles record industry in the 1960 s Upon reflection it s sad that so many talented musicians, who partied and initially took drugs for recreational use, ended up being habitual heavy drug users in the decades following the 1960 s up to their death.Author William McKeen fully knows the subject, is remarkably astute, witty and his unique descriptive phrases are priceless The book is excellent even though it is void of photos Sometimes I feel like Agent Irena Spalko, Cate Blanchett s character in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull when, towards the end of the movie she reveals what has motivated her evil actions throughout the entire film by screaming at the demon heads I vant to know Now I don t normally scream in libraries, bookstores, or even at mywish list, but I completely understood Agent Spalko during this scene Which is why, apart from certain fiction authors, I generally read and Sometimes I feel like Agent Irena Spalko, Cate Blanchett s character in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull when, towards the end of the movie she reveals what has motivated her evil actions throughout the entire film by screaming at the demon heads I vant to know Now I don t normally scream in libraries, bookstores, or even at mywish list, but I completely understood Agent Spalko during this scene Which is why, apart from certain fiction authors, I generally read and write non fiction But like Agent Spalko, this thirst for knowledge sometimes gets methan I bargained for Case in point When I saw that my publishers were putting out a book whose cover featured Joni Mitchell, the Mamas and the Papas, and the Beach Boys, I had to request a review copy After all, the music of the 1960s was the soundtrack of my childhood and a connection to my slightly older former garage band husband I can sing all the songs by heart but he knows exactly who is playing which guitar solo on hundreds of 60s songs.So I dove into William McKeen s excellent Everybody Had an Ocean Music and Mahem in 1960s Los Angeles, ready to fill in the gaps in my understanding of 1960s pop culture history In some ways it gave methan I bargained for First, the good and the great Like Wilfrid Sheed sThe House That George Built With a Little Help from Irving, Cole, and a Crew of About Fifty, McKeen s book centers on one small cast of characters in this case, the Wilson brothers but expands to reveal how they interacted with their universe The Beach Boys might remain the trunk of this particular tree, but the branches fascinate Nearly everyone who was somebody in the world of 1960s rock and roll makes an appearance here and the connections are often startling For instance, Stephen Stills told his friend Peter Torkelson about auditions for a TV series about a rock and roll band Peter got the part, shortening his last name to Tork After Joni Mitchell met fellow Canadian Neil Young in Winnipeg and played Sugar Mountain for her, she responded by writing The Circle Game Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas not only had a beautiful voice but a knack for bringing the right people together, in one famous case, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash McKeen s writing which includes a plethora of direct quotes makes it seem as if he knew these music makers personally Although he seems to have been acquainted with Dennis Wilson, one glance at the notes section shows that he relied on an exhaustive bibliography, including many previously conducted interviews But the inclusion of these direct quotes from the main players brings an exciting immediacy to the narrative What I didn t bargain for was the brain frying mayhem in the book s subtitle For instance, part of me wishes I return to my former opinion of the Beach Boys sunny, smiling, eternally upbeat voices But now I know that while the band members could sing in perfect harmony, their interpersonal relationships rarely reached that state It s uncomfortable to realize that Brian Wilson was deaf in one ear, most likely the result of a beating from his abusive father a man who only calmed down under music s influence and who adored hearing his boys sing in three part harmony You can t make this stuff up I wish I could still consider the voice singing Wouldn t it be Nice to be an earnest young fianc rather than what actually inspired the song I especially wish I didn t know that Charles Manson was once great pals with Dennis Wilson and that the future mass murderer hoped this friendship would open doors to a rock and roll career But if I hadn t read this excellent book, I also wouldn t know that the first 20 seconds of California Girls was Brian Wilson s attempt to musically portray a sunrise, or that his girlfriend, hearing him angst about the unattainable beauty of Be My Baby, patted him on the arm and said Don t worry baby, giving him a line he would later make famous in song.One thing that puzzled me about McKeen s writing was what I consider to be his gratuitous use of the F word and similarly coarse language It certainly shows up enough in the direct quotes but just as often in the narration Perhaps he was trying to add a certain seamlessness to the book by telling the story as one of the characters would have I m not sure every reader would react similarly but for me it was jarring and eventually tedious However, it didn t stop me from reading to the end because all told, this is an entertaining, enlightening read which adds tremendously to the canon of 1960s pop culture