Surf City

Surf City❴Read❵ ➪ Surf City Author Dean Torrence – The Jan and Dean Story is a personal story of the iconic musician and entrepreneur Dean Torrence As a memoir The Jan and Dean Story is a personal story of the iconic musician and entrepreneur Dean Torrence As a memoir. It was time to complete my surf music trifecta of autobiographies – after Mike Love and Brian Wilson came “Surf City – the Jan Dean Story” Back in the early 1960s Jan Dean than held their own with the Beach Boys with a string of surfingcar hotrodding singles Their career came to an abrupt end after the horrific crash by Jan Berry in his Stingray Dean Torrance takes us back to those days with his own story He writes in a very straightforward fashion and does not try to re open old grudges or stir up any new controversies More than the Beach Boys – Jan Dean lived the surferhot rod lifestyle They were both very good athletes and spent just as much time in the garage as on the beach Dean relates the funny anecdote where they help Brian Wilson with lyrics as he really didn’t know much about cars Another interesting tidbit that I found fascinating was that both Jan Dean were attending college while recording and touring This idyllic life came to a crashing stop in 1966 when Jan Berry is badly hurt in a car crashThe second half of the book covers Dean’s career change as he becomes a successful art designer for other artists This is followed by a reunion of Jan Dean that lasted almost until Jan Berry passed away in 2004 I did see them perform in Michigan in the early 1980s – Jan was visibly impaired but the show was great fun The book paints a much different picture as Jan Berry had suffered severe neurological injuries and this reunion was a difficult challenge I would have liked to read about Jan’s recovery – in the book Dean Torrence abruptly jumps from the car crash to his own personal career and does not mention Jan again till they reunite years later Nevertheless it’s an enjoyable book to read and makes you wish that you were in southern California on a beach somewhere listening to “Surf City” For music fans of a certain age a must read Probably means nothing to anybody under the age of fifty Competently written account of the life and times of a group that deserves much wider recognition in the UK and contributed as much as the Beach Boys to the west coast sound of the sixties Goes on a bit too long about the later career after the hits had stopped but understandable that Dean would want to bring the story up to date A goodreads giveawayI enjoyed this story of one of the early groups in the rock and roll era Once I got use to Dean Torrence's first person conversation style the book is an interesting and enjoyable read I knew their music from being a teenager at that time but was surprised to learn much I did not know about Jan and Dean but also many of the people and bands of the time California in the early 1960's developed it's own uniue rock and roll sound focusing on surfing hot rods teenage innocence and two of the bands that personified that sound were The Beach Boys and Jan Dean This is Dean's story of those years from their high school years harmonizing in the showers through Dean's stint in the US Reserve; their success as singers to Jan's devastating accident which reuired Dean to move on even as he kept their presence on the music scene with the hope that Jan would eventually heal and return to studio Dean's personal career in designing group logos and album covers he was nominated several times for Grammys best album cover and actually won one The later reunion tours Jan's cocaine addiction and his eventual deathOverall it's an interesting read Dean seems uite flippant no matter what is happening but then he is looking back decades The drag races the mischief drunkenness petty larceny are all treated with a teasing playfulness But this also gives personal insights into the early years of American rock and roll music industry which was very obviously in its infancy The only negative is that even though the title says that it's the Jan and Dean story one Jan Berry had his accident the following chapters were all about Dean Torrence and his business ventures before Jan finally reappears for the reunion tours There really isn't anything about Jan's struggle with brain damage and partial paralysis2019 076 I grew up in the era of The Beach Boys The Beatles and Jan and Dean I picked up the book mostly out of curiosity I knew the history of The Beach Boys The Beatles and many other groups I knew who Jan and Dean were and some of their songs but really not much about them The book was not really what I expected These guys were REALLY smart And outside of Jan's drug addiction after his accident really clean conservative guys Not what you usually find in a R R book The book is simply a written explanation of their rise to fame and the aftermath The story encompasses family and friendships including their connection to The Beach Boys It talks about the college degrees they pursued during the most popular years of the 60's And the ability to be able to hate and love someone at the same time Dean mentions a near escape from the Manson family and a football game with Elvis Once I started this book I did not want to put it down I just kept shaking my head and going really? And then I had to read And And And Deanif you read this Please bring your band to Portland Or I would love to hear you all play Dean Torrence of the surf music duo Jan and Dean tells the history of this influential early rockpop band of the 60s in a lively voice He brings growing up in Southern California in that era to life in a way you wish you could have been there The story of his evolution from a teenage pop artist to a Grammy award winning album cover designer and back again is interesting even inspiring My complaint is that given the uick short read his story telling prioritization was off rather acutely An entire chapter is devoted to a pick up game of football at a city park replete with descriptions of plays and pass routes and pass coverages when the only point is that Elvis was on the opposing team Meanwhile the story of Jan's tragic car accident gets fairly short shrift Dean glosses over what sounded like an interesting episode where they were witnesses in a kidnapping trial involving Frank Sinatra Jr telling readers we can go elsewhere to read about it but spends several pages unfolding a story about robbing their tour manager only to end it saying he made it all up Setting that aside this is Dean's honest first person version of a compelling story of triumph and tragedy in the pop music world Fun read that I picked up from a Little Library in the neighborhood I knew a few of their songs but hardly knew anything about their career or lives There's a ton of 60s LA in the glory days stories football with Elvis in the park Manson murders and lot of band trouble and salvation The book has some pretty big time gaps in places and the chapters are a bit disjointed once in a while Overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys their music 60s LA or music history Mildly entertaining but badly written Torrence should've hired a ghost writer at least The Jan and Dean story is coupled strongly with the Beach Boys in a musical way but also in a Brian Wilson way Both Jan and Brian had issues that affected the band's progress Dean during a 17 year hiatus while Jan recovered from a devastating auto accident founded a graphic design company that was doing very well but decided to reunite the Jan and Dean group and did that until 2004 when Jan died Inspirational ReadI thought that this was an inspirational read because of Deans compassion toward his close bandmate I have met Jan myself getting his autograph numerous times I even have a picture of him that was taken with my camera I even have a camera shot of Dean no autographs though Thank You for writing this book I love these guysDean’s prose may not be the most elouent but he’s a musician not an author The story of Jan Dean is a classic story of Southern California the music of the Beach and true friendship I recommend reading this and following up with Bob Greene’s “When We Get to Surf City” Time well spent

Paperback  º Surf City Epub ¼
  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Surf City
  • Dean Torrence
  • English
  • 12 April 2015
  • 9781590793954