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Bill Yerkes on Surfboards, Stratocasters, Striped Shirts - 02/02/2013

Have you ever wanted to go back in time and be a fly on the wall during important periods in rock & roll history?  Maybe you could have heard conversations happening with Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Dion on the Winter Dance Party tour in 1959.  Perhaps, you could have listened in as The Beatles were about to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.  If you're a Beach Boys fan, what if you could go back to when they were still wearing their striped shirts in 1966 and about to release some of their greatest material?  "Balsa" Bill Yerkes did just that as he chronicled 4 concerts during that year.  The first one was a couple of weeks before Pet Sounds was released!  Another show had them discussing an upcoming single called "Good Vibrations".  The band had no idea the music they made that year would impact pop music and culture forever.  Bruce Johnston shared some wonderful insight in the foreword he wrote for the book as well.  We talked with Bill about the pictures and stories he compiled in  The Beach Boys on Tour 1966, Surfboards, Stratocasters, Striped Shirts.   I can't recommend this book enough! These photos detail 4 separate shows you attended from the band in 1966. What were your initial impressions of each of the guys...Mike, Carl, Al, Dennis and Bruce? I met Dennis first and it was like we were instantly old friends. That’s the way Dennis was. I think it was a surfer to surfer thing. Here he ...

Bill Yerkes on Surfboards, Stratocasters, Striped Shirts

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