GRADUATION DAY 1966: LIVE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RELEASE
A new live Beach Boys recording, Graduation Day 1966: Live at the University of Michigan was released digitally on December 9, 2016. This album includes both shows from Oct. 22, 1966 in Ann Arbor, MI, featuring one of the first live performances of “Good Vibrations.” (updated 12-9-16)
50TH ANNIVERSARY VINYL “GOOD VIBRATIONS” RELEASE
The Beach Boys and Capitol/UMe will release “Good Vibrations (50th Anniversary Edition)” on a 12-inch sunburst vinyl EP worldwide on October 7. The EP features the original 7" single version, an alternate studio take, an edit of the song with elements from various sessions, an instrumental, and a live version from a Honolulu rehearsal in August 1967, plus the single's B-side, "Let's Go Away For Awhile." A pull-out lithograph of the single's original Japanese cover art is included in the EP package, which features the original 1966 U.S. single cover art on its front. More information. (updated 8-31-16)
BECOMING THE BEACH BOYS ALBUM
Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite and Dorinda Morgan Sessions was released on August 26, 2016. This album includes the sessions for nine of the Beach Boys' earliest recordings as a group, 1961-62, before they signed with Capitol Records. The 2-CD set features demos, all available takes, studio banter, and master recordings, for a total of 63 tracks. Watch the trailer for the album here. (updated 8-31-16)
MIKE LOVE AND BRIAN WILSON AUTOBIOS DUE THIS FALL
Brian Wilson and Mike Love are both writing books about their lives, which will be published Fall 2015.
Mike's book, Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, co-written by James S. Hirsch, will be out on Sept. 13 from Penguin-Random House. Mike's book will be available in hardback, ebook, and audiobook (read by Mike) in CD and digital formats.
Brian's book, titled I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir and co-authored by Ben Greenman, will be out on Oct. 11 from Da Capo Press. Brian's book will be available in hardback, ebook, and audio formats. (updated 8/27/16)
BRIAN WILSON AND FRIENDS
Brian Wilson and Friends, the PBS Soundstage episode in support of Brian's No Pier Pressure album, is now available in wide release in both CD/DVD combo and Blu-Ray packages. Brian and friends (including Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar, Billy Hinsche, and many of the guest artists who appear on NPP) appear on this live performance from Dec. 12, 2014, at the Venetian in Las Vegas. (updated 8/1/16)
PET SOUNDS (50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION) BOX SET
The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Edition) will be released worldwide on June 10 in several configurations, including a 4CD/Blu-Ray Audio collector's edition presented in a hardbound book. This will include the original album remastered in stereo and mono, plus various mixes, session outtakes, alternate takes, and previously unreleased live recordings. There will also be a 2CD and digital deluxe edition pairing the remastered album in stereo and mono, with highlights from the collectors edition's additional tracks, and remastered, 180-gram LP editions of the album in mono and stereo with faithfully replicated original artwork. More. (updated 3-28-16)
LIVE IN THE STUDIO “SLOOP JOHN B” VIDEO
Brian Wilson and Al Jardine have released a live in the studio video version of “Sloop John B” in celebration of Pet Sounds' 50th anniversary. It can be viewed on YouTube. (updated 6-7-16)
DAVID MARKS, BACK IN THE GARAGE
David Marks has released a new album, Back in the Garage, featuring the A-Phonics. The release includes new versions of surf classics, including Beach Boys instrumentals and Marksmen tunes. The limited-edition CD version has sold out, but the album is still available in download format. (updated 6-5-16)
NEW! BEACH BOYS LIVE IN CHICAGO 1965
A new Beach Boys archival concert album, Live in Chicago 1965, was released Dec. 11, 2015 in digital format. The album has two complete shows with Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine, plus some bonus rehearsal tracks. This release joins Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered and Unplugged as 2015's end of the year archival treats. (updated 12-11-15)
NEW ARCHIVAL BB PARTY! RELEASE
In celebration of the Party! album's 50th anniversary, Capitol/UMe is releasing a deluxe, expanded edition of the album, titled Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered and Unplugged, on Nov. 20, 2015. This 2-CD and digital set features 81 tracks, including the orginal album without the overdubbed party sound effects, plus 69 more songs and dialog from the Party! recording sessions. The package also includes photos from the sessions, essays by Beach Boys historians Alan Boyd and Craig Slowinski, and notes by Mark Linett. A vinyl LP of the Party! album's original 12 tracks, remixed, and remastered in the “Uncovered and Unplugged” style, will follow on December 11. More. (updated 10-23-15)
LOVE & MERCY VIDEO AND SOUNDTRACK
The Love & Mercy soundtrack is now available worldwide in digital format and will be released on CD on September 18. The film is now out in digital format and will be released in DVD and Blu-Ray on September 15. (updated 8-25-15)
LOVE & MERCY BW BIOPIC
Love & Mercy, the Brian Wilson biopic, is set to hit theaters June 5, 2015. L&M is an “unconventional” portrait of Brian, with Paul Dano playing him in the 1960s (with The Beach Boys), intercut with John Cusack's portrayal of Brian's dark years under the control of Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti) and his developing romance with second wife Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) in the 1980s. Watch the teaser and the preview for the film. Fans are compiling reviews and media for L&M here. (updated 6-4-15)
FREE TOUR E-BOOKLETS AVAILABLE
Download Endless Summer Quarterly's FREE 2014 tour program for Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston's shows, complete with full color pictures. Also download ESQ's FREE 2014 tour program for Brian Wilson and Al Jardine's shows. Both books are in pdf format. (updated 12/2/14)
BB VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE AT SELECT VENUES
Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston personally invite you to become a Beach Boys VIP and sit in on their soundcheck, then come backstage for a preshow party. There will be a Q&A, some cool memorabilia, and a photo op! Check out Mike Love's website (www.mikelove.com/VIP) or the official BB website (www.thebeachboys.com) for available dates. See package details here. (updated 8/7/14)
THE BIG BEAT 1963 DIGITAL RELEASE
Capitol Records is releasing The Big Beat 1963, a compilation of archival Beach Boys tracks and Brian Wilson productions for other acts. Consisting of mostly previously-unreleased rarities, this collection of early material will be a digital-only release, available December 17, 2013. More. (updated 12/11/13)
MADE IN CALIFORNIA CD BOX SET
The Beach Boys' Made in California, a career-spanning box set, was released on August 27, 2013. This 6-CD set includes previously unreleased and long sought-after tracks, including “Goin' to the Beach,” “California Feelin',” “Soul Searchin',” “You're Still a Mystery,” “(Wouldn't It Be Nice To) Live Again,” and more. The set also debuts 17 unreleased live recordings, dating from 1965-95, including “Wendy” live in a BBC studio from 1964, an early '70s version of “Help Me Rhonda” with Dennis Wilson on lead, “Only With You” live 1972, and “Wild Honey (New Jersey 1972)” with Blondie Chaplin on lead vocal. More information and full track listing. (updated 9/1/13)
(This section updated 3/1/11)
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BB CONTACT INFORMATION
Mail may be sent to members of the Beach Boys through BBFC:
Beach Boys Fan Club, 50 S. Emery St. #4E, Pahrump, NV 89048.
Brian Wilson may also be contacted via his message board at brianwilson.com. Additionally, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, and David Marks all have official Facebook and other social media presences.
The club was started by Alice, the president, in 1973, when she wrote to rock magazines expressing an interest in seeing more articles about the Beach Boys. After one of her letters was printed, several people contacted her about forming a club. Ads in Rolling Stone generated more membership; the first newsletter was published in 1976. The Beach Boys' promotional people took an interest, resulting in BBFC's becoming the official Beach Boys fan organization.
SUBSCRIBE: You can receive our latest newsletter by joining the club. Basic membership is $5.00 ($8.00 in U.S. funds for overseas members). This includes five issues of our newsletter (published irregularly), with news and other information, tour dates, editorials, and a classified section, as well as email bulletins for between-newsletter news.
HOW TO JOIN BBFC
Send your contact information and $5 ($8 overseas) in check or money order to the Beach Boys Fan Club, 50 S. Emery St. #4E, Pahrump, NV 89048. We have provided an application form for your convenience. (You do not need to include an SASE when sending payment.)
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