I have been reliably informed that Gary Usher at least gets a mention in the BECOMING THE BEACH BOYS book – as he indeed should. I do have the BECOMING THE BEACH BOYS book and DVD of LOVE AND MERCY on order and will report the true facts – without prejudice – as soon as I have them at hand. As regards the film, I was not prepared to pay the price of admission for something that I have been told is only part fact with a great deal of fiction …. as usual.
Likewise, unfortunately most authors of Beach Boys books and related material never see the broader picture, concentrating as they have always done on the subject with a very blinkered view. As an author that has covered numerous aspects pertaining to the “surf music” world, I have been fortunate to be able to see “in perspective” various facets of all the topics I have covered, aware that one often influences the other in more ways than most people realise.
As Gary Usher’s official biographer, I hope to be able to bring this “ability” into play in reviewing and examining both REMEMBERING THE BEACH BOYS and LOVE AND MERCY as far as Gary Usher is concerned.
IT’S PARTY TIME
“A Musical Appreciation Of The BEACH PARTY Film Genre”
THE ILLUMINATED EDITION
by Stephen J. McParland
This 783 page treatise is a completely updated version of the original 204 page book of the same title published in 1993. This “ILLUMINATED EDITION” features well over 6000 images, mostly coloured, ranging from publicity stills, screen grabs, record labels and sleeves, posters and lobby cards to just about anything that could be found that is pertinent to the BEACH PARTY film genre that flourished from the early to late ’60s.
Over 30 films are discussed and dissected in detail to make this treatise an encyclopedic tome, complete with a FILMOGRAPHY detailing full cast/characters, music performed and technical crew for each film plus a DISCOGRAPHY which likewise includes all the known record releases pertinent to each film. The GIDGET phenomenon is also documented as it was the 1959 film GIDGET that more or less set the (beach) ball rolling. Similarly, American International Pictures’ 1958 and 1959 productions HOT ROD GANG and GHOST OF DRAGSTRIP HOLLOW are included as they both established – in an embryonic way – the formula that more fully blossomed via the BEACH PARTY film genre a few years later.
It is all here, the actors and actresses, the crew, the songwriters, the musical artists, plus a look at the 1985 Beach Party Reunion and the 1993 Beach Party Reunion and original IT’S PARTY TIME book launch.
This book is offered free, but if you feel a donation is in order for the website, please feel free. This is my way of giving back the joy that I have experienced watching and documenting these films and in particular a salute to all the fabulous people I have met during the journey.
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