blue square dot Add Some Music To Your Day: Analyzing and Enjoying the Music of the Beach Boys will be published by Tiny Ripple Books in late December 1999. The book covers the best of the Add Some Music Beach Boys fanzine, which was published between 1978-1984. The tome includes over 40 newly-edited articles, essays, and reviews, plus over 35 photos. Price is $19.95, plus $3 shipping. For more information, visit the Tiny Ripple website or write Tiny Ripple Books at P.O. Box 1533, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. (12/15/99)

blue square dot The Lost Beach Boys Concert, a closed-circuit live performance from 1964, shown recently on the AMC channel, is being prepared for release on home video in VHS and DVD formats. (10/99)

blue square dot The newly revised 1999 edition of Ed Wincentsen's book, Denny Remembered, Dennis Wilson in Words & Pictures, is about to be reprinted by Wynn Publishing. “Here, at last, is the side of Dennis Wilson that the press was not telling. With loving contributions by friends, fans, business associates, and Denny's children, there emerges a true and honest profile of the man.” The 189-page book is available as a trade paperback through some bookstores, including online ones and also through Wynn Publishing, P.O. Box 1491, Pickens, SC 29761, USA. Call (864) 878-6469 for more information. Suggested retail price is $22.95; ISBN no. is 0-9642808-3-3. (8/23/99)

blue square dot Congratulations go to Family & Friends' Owen Elliot and husband Jack Kugell, on the birth of their daughter Zoe Ellen, born June 11, 1999. Zoe is Mama Cass Elliot's granddaughter. (6/18/99)

blue square dot Racing Champions has released a series of limited edition diecast toy cars in their "Hot Rockin' Steel" line, honoring The Beach Boys and other rock acts. The BB cars commemorate specific albums, including a 1932 Ford “Little Deuce Coupe,” a 1966 “Pet Sounds” Pontiac GTO, a 1963 “Shut Down” Corvette, “Surfin' Safari” panel wagon, “Surfin' Safari” Ford pickup (a Target exclusive), a 1969 “Summer Days” Pontiac Judge, and a 1956 “Surfer Girl” Chevy Nomad, all at 3:25 scale. There are also a 1940 “Surfin' Safari” Ford Woodie and a 1957 “Surfer Girl” Chevy Sedan Delivery, both at 1:24 scale. Each car is packaged with a miniature album cover and painted in colors to match the albums. These cars have been spotted in Target, Toys'R'Us, K-Mart, WalMart and similar stores. (4/7/99)

blue square dot The Beach Boys Pet Sounds Sessions box set was nominated for a Grammy in the category Best Historical Album. Individuals credited in this project include The Beach Boys, David Leaf, Mark Linett and Brian Wilson (compilation producers), and Joe Gaswirt (mastering engineer). While the Hank Williams box took the Grammy, BBFC says kudos to everyone on the nomination! (3/31/99)

blue square dot In Bloom (Justyn Wilson, Carl B. Wilson, Mario Tucker) and Billy Hinsche participated in The American Cancer Society's 10th Annual “Golf Classic,” held April 12, 1999. Justyn Wilson came inches away from winning the 10th hole “Closest to the Hole” prize. (All members of In Bloom are avid golfers. Uncle Billy is not quite as adept as his “nephews.” When asked what his handicap was, Billy responded, “Myself.”) A silent auction was held prior to dinner. Among the items available for bidding was a Carl Wilson Long Promised Road CD donated by Capitol Records. Bidding started at $75 and, after a fierce bidding war, the winner donated $210 for this rare CD. A classic Beach Boys' tee shirt, donated by Alan and Mary Ann Jardine and signed by all the members of BBFF, was also available. Starting bid was $50 and was “sold” for $80. (1/17/99)