Everybody Had an Ocean

Everybody Had an Ocean
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Author: William McKeen
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781613734940
Release: 2017-04-01
Editor: Chicago Review Press

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Los Angeles in the 1960s 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 minutes. But there was a dark flip side to the fun fun fun of the music, a nexus between naïve young musicians and the fringe elements that 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 and joy and terror. You'll never hear that beautiful music in quite the same way.

Everybody Had an Ocean

Everybody Had an Ocean
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Author: William McKeen
Pages: 432
ISBN: 1641605715
Release: 2021-09-07
Editor: Unknown

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"Excellent social history...an indispensable account of a time of beauty and terror." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review A modern epic of the battles between innocence and cynicism, joy and terror Los Angeles in the 1960s 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 minutes. But 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.

Everybody Had an Ocean

Everybody Had an Ocean
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Author: William McKeen
Pages: 432
ISBN: 1613734913
Release: 2017-04-01
Editor: Chicago Review Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Los Angeles in the 1960s 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 minutes. But 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.

On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous
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Author: Ocean Vuong
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780525562030
Release: 2019-06-04
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

An instant New York Times Bestseller! Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal in Fiction, the 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award Shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction! Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Oprah.com, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, Nylon, The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more. “A lyrical work of self-discovery that’s shockingly intimate and insistently universal…Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard. With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years. Named a Best Book of the Year by: GQ, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Library Journal, TIME, Esquire, The Washington Post, Apple, Good Housekeeping, The New Yorker, The New York Public Library, Elle.com, The Guardian, The A.V. Club, NPR, Lithub, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal Magazine and more!

False Alarm

False Alarm
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Author: Bjorn Lomborg
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781541647480
Release: 2020-07-14
Editor: Basic Books

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The New York Times-bestselling "skeptical environmentalist" argues that panic over climate change is causing more harm than good Hurricanes batter our coasts. Wildfires rage across the American West. Glaciers collapse in the Artic. Politicians, activists, and the media espouse a common message: climate change is destroying the planet, and we must take drastic action immediately to stop it. Children panic about their future, and adults wonder if it is even ethical to bring new life into the world. Enough, argues bestselling author Bjorn Lomborg. Climate change is real, but it's not the apocalyptic threat that we've been told it is. Projections of Earth's imminent demise are based on bad science and even worse economics. In panic, world leaders have committed to wildly expensive but largely ineffective policies that hamper growth and crowd out more pressing investments in human capital, from immunization to education. False Alarm will convince you that everything you think about climate change is wrong -- and points the way toward making the world a vastly better, if slightly warmer, place for us all.

Highway 61

Highway 61
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Author: William McKeen
Pages: 256
ISBN: 0393342042
Release: 2003-03
Editor: W. W. Norton

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A father and son take a road trip along Highway 61--the legendary road of the blues--and through some of the most musically fertile and diverse landscapes in America. 10 photos.

Dumb Angel

Dumb Angel
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Author: Adam Webb
Pages: 189
ISBN: 1840680512
Release: 2001
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Dennis Wilson, Beach Boys drummer, 60's pin-up, surfer, hedonist, and tragic victim of a premature death stood in stark contrast to the clean image of all American boy as portrayed by the group. Yet it is his soulful, fractured voice and music that remains the focal point of this in-depth study, and ultimately the man's true legacy.

The Murder of John Lennon

The Murder of John Lennon
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Author: Fenton Bresler
Pages: 309
ISBN: 0749303573
Release: 1990
Editor: Vintage

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Rock and Roll is Here to Stay

Rock and Roll is Here to Stay
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Author: Peter Guralnick
Pages: 672
ISBN: 0393047008
Release: 2000
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A dynamic collection of writing from the world of rock music includes Joan Didion's musings on the Doors, Tom Wolfe on the Beatles, and Roddie Doyle on Irish Soul, among many others.

Hollywood Eden

Hollywood Eden
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Author: Joel Selvin
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1487007213
Release: 2021-04-06
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"From the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean to the Byrds and the Mamas & the Papas, acclaimed music journalist Joel Selvin tells the story of a group of young artists and musicians who came together at the dawn of the 1960s to create the lasting myth of the California dream. From surf music to hot-rod records to the sunny pop of the Beach Boys and the Mamas & the Papas, Hollywood Eden captures the fresh blossom of a young generation who came together in the epic spring of the 1960s to invent the myth of the California Paradise. Central to the story is a group of sun-kissed teens from the University High School class of 1959 -- a class that included Jan & Dean, Nancy Sinatra, and future members of the Beach Boys -- who came of age in Los Angeles at the dawn of a new golden era when anything seemed possible. These were the people who created the idea of modern California for the rest of the world. But their own private struggles belied the paradise portrayed in their music. What began as a light-hearted frolic under sunny skies ended up crashing down to earth just a few short but action-packed years later as, one by one, each met their destinies head-on. A rock 'n' roll opera loaded with violence, deceit, intrigue, low comedy, and high drama, Hollywood Eden tells the story of a group of young artists and musicians who bumped heads, crashed cars, and ultimately flew too close to the sun."--

Homegrown in Florida

Homegrown in Florida
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Author: William McKeen
Pages: 291
ISBN: 0813042054
Release: 2012
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

An anthology of stories by writers who grew up in Florida.

Surf to Skate

Surf to Skate
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Author: Jason Cohn,Stanton Hartsfield
Pages: 152
ISBN: 1584236957
Release: 2018-07-26
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Surf to Skate - Volume 2 picks up where the first tome left off. In the 70s skateboarding gear made quantum leaps in performance and aesthetics. On the performance side, experimentation ruled the decade. The polyurethane wheel forever obsolesced the clay and metal models of the 60s. Meanwhile, the decks grew larger as manufacturers tried different materials ranging from plywood to fiberglass and composites of the two. On the aesthetic front, skateboarding had become a lifestyle with a fashion of its own. Textile patterns, wild colours and Hawaiian themes all co-mingled, projecting a casual lifestyle.

Mile Marker Zero

Mile Marker Zero
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Author: William McKeen
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780307592040
Release: 2011-10-04
Editor: Crown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

True stories of writers and pirates, painters and potheads, guitar pickers and drug merchants in Key West in the 1970s. For Hemingway and Fitzgerald, there was Paris in the twenties. For others, later, there was Greenwich Village, Big Sur, and Woodstock. But for an even later generation—one defined by the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Tom McGuane, and Hunter S. Thompson—there was another moveable feast: Key West, Florida. The small town on the two-by-four-mile island has long been an artistic haven, a wild refuge for people of all persuasions, and the inspirational home for a league of great American writers. Some of the artists went there to be literary he-men. Some went to re-create themselves. Others just went to disappear—and succeeded. No matter what inspired the trip, Key West in the seventies was the right place at the right time, where and when an astonishing collection of artists wove a web of creative inspiration. Mile Marker Zero tells the story of how these writers and artists found their identities in Key West and maintained their friendships over the decades, despite oceans of booze and boatloads of pot, through serial marriages and sexual escapades, in that dangerous paradise. Unlike the “Lost Generation” of Paris in the twenties, we have a generation that invented, reinvented, and found itself at the unending cocktail party at the end—and the beginning—of America’s highway.

Jazz on the Barbary Coast

Jazz on the Barbary Coast
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Author: Tom Stoddard
Pages: 223
ISBN: UCSD:31822026300756
Release: 1998
Editor: Heyday Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

San Francisco's infamous Barbary Coast was one of the country's thriving centers of jazz in the early 1900s. "Jazz on the Barbary Coast" captures the incredible energy of the black jazz scene of this era through the firsthand accounts of the men who were at the heart of it. Musicians such as Sid LeProttie, Reb Spikes, Wesley Fields, Alfred Levy, and Charlie "Duke" Turner recreate the hot spots, dances, rivalries, and lawlessness that characterized the San Francisco jazz scene and inspired jazz musicians for generations to come.

Refugee

Refugee
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Author: Alan Gratz
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780545880879
Release: 2017-07-25
Editor: Scholastic Inc.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A tour de force from acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087), this timely -- and timeless -- novel tells the powerful story of three different children seeking refuge.

Wouldn t It Be Nice

Wouldn t It Be Nice
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Author: Charles L. Granata,Tony Asher
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781613738405
Release: 2016-10-01
Editor: Chicago Review Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

When he first started working on Pet Sounds, Brian Wilson said that he was going to write "the greatest rock album ever made." That album, released in 1966, fifty years ago, changed the face of popular music.From conception and composition to arrangement and production, Pet Sounds was the work of one extraordinary man. Turning his back on the protest songs and folk rock of his contemporaries and even on the bright surf sound of his own creation, Brian Wilson reached deep within himself to make music that struck an emotional chord and touched people's souls. Embracing the rapidly advancing recording technology of the time, he expertly created an original studio sound that would inspire generations of listeners and musicians.Featuring a detailed track-by-track analysis of the songs and extensive interviews with key personalities, this unique book reveals the influences--musical, personal, and professional--that together created this groundbreaking album. Now revised to include new information and recent developments, this is the definitive book on one of the greatest albums ever made.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
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Author: Neil Gaiman
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1472283368
Release: 2021-03-18
Editor: Unknown

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Someone Else s Ocean

Someone Else s Ocean
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Author: Kate Stewart
Pages: 362
ISBN: 1723561827
Release: 2018-07-23
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

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The first time I met Ian Kemp in the sparkling blue waters of St. Thomas, I was six years old and we shared a summer beneath the stars. The second time I met Ian Kemp, he was a shell of the boy I once knew. Turbulent and infuriating, he refused my friendship at every turn. Like me, he was a casualty of life's cruelty, but we were planets apart. We'd both sought refuge on the island, hoping to find our anchor. Instead, we found each other and managed to reclaim our stars...until we both got swept away.

Laurel Canyon

Laurel Canyon
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Author: Michael Walker
Pages: 304
ISBN: 1429932937
Release: 2010-05-01
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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In the late sixties and early seventies, an impromptu collection of musicians colonized a eucalyptus-scented canyon deep in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles and melded folk, rock, and savvy American pop into a sound that conquered the world as thoroughly as the songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had before them. Thirty years later, the music made in Laurel Canyon continues to pour from radios, iPods, and concert stages around the world. During the canyon's golden era, the musicians who lived and worked there scored dozens of landmark hits, from "California Dreamin'" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" to "It's Too Late," selling tens of millions of records and resetting the thermostat of pop culture. In Laurel Canyon, veteran journalist Michael Walker tells the inside story of this unprecedented gathering of some of the baby boom's leading musical lights—including Joni Mitchell; Jim Morrison; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; John Mayall; the Mamas and the Papas; Carole King; the Eagles; and Frank Zappa, to name just a few—who turned Los Angeles into the music capital of the world and forever changed the way popular music is recorded, marketed, and consumed.

The House in the Cerulean Sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea
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Author: TJ Klune
Pages: 305
ISBN: 9781250217325
Release: 2020-03-17
Editor: Tor Books

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A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER! A 2021 Alex Award winner! The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner! An Indie Next Pick! One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020" One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies” Lambda Literary Award-winning author TJ Klune’s bestselling, breakout contemporary fantasy that's "1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in." (Gail Carriger) Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He's tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world. Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light. The House in the Cerulean Sea is an enchanting love story, masterfully told, about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours. "1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in." —Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.