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Question: Rate The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and the Southern Californian Experience
5 - 4 (28.6%)
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3 - 2 (14.3%)
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« on: February 15, 2006, 07:37:38 PM »

Discuss, review and rate The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and the Southern Californian Experience, released January 1, 1996.

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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2006, 06:04:56 AM »

I borrowed this from the library and started to read it. It was very dense and historically detailed, taking forever just to get at Brian and the Boys. It's cool to get the background, though, because it's good to know where people come from. Unfortunately, I had to return the book before I could finish it and I never renewed it (I couldn't at the time, anyway) so I have yet to finish it. Someday!
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2006, 08:50:09 AM »

I liked this one quite a bit, especially the historical details of the Wilson clans pilgrimage to the West Coast and Brianís relativeís history of mental illness. I though overall Mr. White did a nice job, and itís a shame he didnít live long enough to see the release of Smile.
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2006, 07:22:22 AM »

I bought this in hardback not long after it's release.  Good thing.  Its a bit of a long tedious read in places but well worth the effort if you're the sort that finds a thorough back ground useful in in fully appreciating a subject.

I think a must have for the library of the serious BeachBoys fan.
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2008, 07:28:10 AM »

I gave it a qualified 5 stars. Why? Because on the one hand it is a must-have, for all the historical detail and family history. The 'qualified' amounts to this: I could not dock one star for certain types of info that are, erm... a bit redundant, one might say. Like (to paraphrase): do I really want to know the composition of the glue that was used in the early '60s to build a decent surf board? No. And there are many more such examples.
But, as I said: this in itself is not a good reason to dock points. I have the hardback, and it's a wonderful thing to behold: luxurious, fat, and informative.
Now, on to the next question: did they use 'Dapper Dan' brylcreem in those days?
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2012, 11:23:50 AM »

Bit of an over-rated book for me, this. It's well written I suppose and the early sections are fascinating, but the author has some unusual tastes and opinions, especially in his wild praise for Beach Boys 85. Almost as good as Sunflower eh? Hmm...
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2012, 12:13:48 PM »

I liked this one quite a bit, especially the historical details of the Wilson clans pilgrimage to the West Coast and Brianís relativeís history of mental illness.
I liked all that stuff, too. Great amount of research. This is something else in the field of BBs-related books. A definite must-have/must-read.

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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2012, 11:31:02 AM »

Like all the other reviews, White did a great job of researching the Wilson family. Some casual readers may find it long and tedious (Brian doesn't come in until a few chapters into the book) I thought it was interesting to read. If you want to read about the music, this may not be the book for you, which is why it appealed to me. When I become interested in a band I prefer to read a decent biography that not only focuses on the music but also what goes behind it. Like I said, it's a tad bit long and tedious at some points but otherwise a good read. 4/5 for me.
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