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California Boys
October 15, 2006
Las Vegas Magazine


CALIFORNIA BOYS Group has always been freedom incarnate

The 45-year history of The Beach Boys is a complicated one involving unparalleled success and challenges, but one thing is beyond dispute. This is one of the most important and influential rock groups in history. To state that The Beach Boys rivaled The Beatles in popularity in the 1960s, and that they sold more than 100 million records, doesn't begin to explain their place in music history. They captured something ineffable about American youth the freedom and fun and an inchoate fear of adulthood that nobody has ever duplicated. For too many years now, lawsuits among original members

have taken center stage. But it is hoped that the recent appearance together of the major surviving Beach Boys most notably Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston at a Capitol Records ceremony to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the legendary album, Pet Sounds, will mark an end to all that. Nobody in rock has brought more pleasure to more people for more years than The Beach Boys. What band can lay claim to a greater accomplishment than that? -ALAN KATZ
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