Saturday, November 12, 2016

Surf City by Dean Torrence

Surf City: The Jan and Dean Story
by Dean Torrence [Music 781.66 Jan]

As a fan of Jan and Dean as well as the Beach Boys, I was happy to see a book out on one of my favorite groups of the 1960s, namely, Jan and Dean. I was disappointed in the quality of the book mainly due to the number of typos throughout and the constant use of profanity. I did enjoy reading the story of Jan and Dean’s early days, but felt that quite a bit was left out of the later years. What was Jan doing all those years before the group went back on tour? Dean did a good job of describing his award-winning work with Kitty Hawk Graphics, but I would like to know more about Jan and his recovery from the automobile crash that nearly killed him. Dean is one of the few people able to tell us about this. The book is interesting as an example of life of rock stars of the Sixties.
[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try any of the recent books on the history of The Beach Boys.] [ publisher’s official Surf City book web page ] | [ official Jan and Dean web site ]

Recommended by Kim J.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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