Our Favourite Recording Sessions

For all those inquiring about the availability of the above book, it will soon be available as a “book” from Les Editions Berlot.

Here is the company’s latest info:

“The book is ready. We set a deal with our printer. So it’s all good on that matter. We were hoping to release the book in July but we heard a month ago, as you probably did, that the new Brian Wilson’s album will be released next fall. We would like to take advantage of the album’s promotion to release the book.
So we set the final release date for “Our favourite recording sessions” to September 15th, prior to the release of the album.
Our website will be updated on the last week of August.
We will offer presale for promo pack including “The Wilson Project” and “Our Favourite Recording Sessions”‘ on September 1th and presale for “Our Favourite Recording Sessions” on September 8th.”

CMusicBooks Download Series

I’ve had a couple of purchasers asking why they can not print out their downloads. Well, the reason is, there is security on the PDF to prevent this and the copying of photographs.

These downloads are essentially only e-books and as such are designed to be viewed on a PC or other portable devices. If you want a BOOK, then buy a book. However, most of my books are no longer available as physical books and I have no intention of printing new copies. Both the outrageous postage costs charged by the thieving bastards at Australia Post and the rising costs of printing have made this impossible. Can you imagine how much books such as THE CALIFORNIA SOUND and the WALTZING THE PLANK 2009-2013 would cost to print and post!! I had an estimate for the WALTZING THE PLANK BOOK which contains 812 pages (256 in full colour). It was $250.00 per copy and that did NOT include any sort of binding or cover. It would have to be bound via hardcover and that price currently is $55 per copy!!!!!

For those still interested in buying books, below is a list and price of those available. Prices do not include postage!

THE GRAND HIGH POTENTATES OF CALIFORNIA ROCK – VOL.1 – $40

THE GRAND HIGH POTENTATES OF CALIFORNIA ROCK – VOL.2 – $40

SURFBEAT – $30

COWABUNGA! GIDGET GOES ENCYCLOPEDIC – $40

COWABUNGA! GIDGET GOES ENCYCLOPEDIC – (HARD COVER VERSION WITH THREE GIDGET DVDS) – $110

WALTZING THE PLANK – THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUSTRALIAN SURF MUSIC 1963-2003  (HARDCOVER ONLY) – $170

IT’S PARTY TIME (A MUSICAL APPRECIATION OF THE BEACH PARTY FILM GENRE) – $45

BULL SESSIONS FROM THE BIG DADDY (INTERVIEWS WITH THOSE WHO HELPED CREATE THE CALIFORNIA SOUND) – $40

TALES FROM THE BIG KAHUNA (INCLUDES FREE SURF MUSIC CD COMPILATION) – $40

CALIFORNIA CONFIDENTIAL (IN CONVERSATION WITH KIM FOWLEY) – $30

THE CALIFORNIA SOUND (THE MUSICAL BIOGRAPHY OF GARY LEE USHER) VOLUME 5 – DISCOGRAPHY & NOTES – $30

 

CMusic Books PDF Download Series

Finally, I have the site up and running. Had a few teething problems which have been sorted out, so I hope everyone will be happy.

In pricing the books, I have tried to make them economically viable with the hope that a broader demographic will be achieved.

Two books not included in the series are THE WILSON PROJECT and OUR FAVOURITE RECORDING SESSIONS. Both have been picked up by French publisher Les Editions Berlot who of course have published them in ENGLISH!

http://editionsberlot.com/

The 20 books available via

https://payhip.com/CMusicBooks

are:

WALTZING THE PLANK – 1963-2003 – THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUSTRALIAN SURF MUSIC

WALTZING THE PLANK – 2004-2008 – THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUSTRALIAN SURF MUSIC

WALTZING THE PLANK – 2009-2013 – THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUSTRALIAN SURF MUSIC

ALL  AMERICAN BOYS – THE WALKER BROTHERS GENESIS

PF: TRAVELLING BAREFOOT – P.F. SLOAN BIOGRAPHY

THE GRAND HIGH POTENTATES OF CALIFORNIA ROCK – JAN & DEAN BIOGRAPHY

SURF BEAT – DICK DALE BIOGRAPHY

SOUND WAVES AND TRACTION – SURF & HOT ROD MUSIC STUDIO GROUPS OF THE ‘60s

HEADS YOU WIN TAILS I LOSE – GARY USHER & BRIAN WILSON COLLABORATIONS 1962-1970

THE CALIFORNIA SOUND – GARY USHER BIOGRAPHY

THE BEACH BOYS 1961-1963 – INCEPTION AND CONCEPTION

BEACH, STREET AND STRIP – THE ALBUMS AND CDS OF SURF & HOT ROD MUSIC

CYCLE CINEMA & CYCLE SOUNDS – A MUSICAL AND THEMATIC APPRECIATION OF THE BIKER FILM GENRE

SURF MUSIC U.S.A. – ALL THE SURF, HOT-ROD, MOTORCYCLE AND SKATEBOARD HITS 1960-65

COWABUNGA! GIDGET GOES ENCYCLOPEDIC – THE FILMS, THE MUSIC, THE PEOPLE, THE TV SERIES

BIKINIS, BLACK DENIM & BITCHEN SOUNDS – A MUSIC APPRECIATION OF FEMALE SURF, HOT-ROD AND RELATED RECORDINGS 1961-1967

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSTANGS/BOBBY FULLER FOUR (SECOND EDITION) – A MUSICAL OVERVIEW OF BOBBY FULLER AND MUSTANG RECORDS

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSTANGS (THIRD EDITION) – A MUSICAL OVERVIEW OF THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR

REAL GONE GASSERS – THE REAL STORIES BEHIND SOME OF SURF AND HOT-ROD MUSIC’S MORE INTERESTING RECORD ALBUMS

IT’S PARTY TIME – A MUSICAL APPRECIATION OF THE BEACH PARTY FILM GENRE

California Sounds…

Lets get this started…

19 of my books are available via Payhip.

https://payhip.com/cmusicbooks

The aim of this blog is for me to keep you all informed of any current developments and if required, to provide some insights that I have experienced over the past 35 years. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

I would really like to get involved in the conversation – so fire away!

Thanks,

Stephen McParland

seatheswells@gmail.com