Another 5 Star Review from Amazon
5 out of 5:
From a Beach Boys website:
REVIEW: This self-published book by Bill Yerkes, long-time surf-hound and Beach Boys aficionado, is a wonderful gift for fans of the Beach Boys. Essentially chronicling four concerts from 1966, beginning April 29th at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and continuing to a July 23rd Asbury Park, New Jersey date, followed by a July 30th Atlantic City, New Jersey show, and finally a November 22nd return to Ithaca at Ithaca College, this book is literally a snapshot of a pivotal moment in Beach Boys history. With a few pages of text interspersed between the large, glossy black-and-white photographs of behind-the-scenes and on-stage moments, the author details how he and his roommate snuck into the backstage of the concert, and his first meeting with Bruce Johnston, followed by the rest of the band, on the eve of the release of Pet Sounds. Carl talks up the release, claiming it is far better than Summer Days (the authors then-favorite album), and the author remembers the night with remarkably clear hindsight. Luckily, he took his 35mm camera with him, and documented several close-up, candid moments of the band rehearsing and lounging around, and later, in performance. At the next concert, the Beach Boys are dismayed to discover that DJs in the city havent been playing the A-side of Pet Sounds first single, God Only Knows (over concern of the word God in the title) and are instead flipping the disc to the B-side Wouldnt It Be Nice which the band has never played live before. Quickly, the band throws together a concert version of the song backstage, and inserts it in the set list right after Sloop John B all of which is photo-chronicled by Mr. Yerkes. The author also documents Denniss first stabs on the piano of what would eventually become Forever, and later snaps what would be one of the Beach Boys last performances in their striped shirts, shortly before the release of Good Vibrations. The books presentation is very simple, heartfelt, and genuine - a rare thing for a fan publication, but the author is wise enough to keep his words to a minimum and let the photographs do most of the talking. A very nice addition to the Beach Boys library.
From Brian Wilson's website main forum posted by a member
I don't know author Bill Yerkes, but I like him for this: the first
time he saw The Beach Boys in concert, he'd snuck in. This is a nice
hardbound time capsule of a book. There is a nice intro from Bruce Johnston
and loads of glorious black and white photos (oh those stripes!). A
few stand out pics show Mike and Bruce, right before their July 23,
1966 concert at Asbury Park Convention Hall in New Jersey, writing the
setlists on their hands! Then there are some nice backstage photos of
Dennis at a piano with some lovely, smitten young ladies looking on.
Say what you will about Denny, he was one good looking guy.
Another review posted by a member on the Brian Wilson Forum
It has arrived! Balsa Bill's new book The Beach Boys on Tour 1966.
I just got my copy from, my surf buddy, Bill. What a great treat! This
is not just a period photo book. It has a very informative commentary
as well as the unpublished photos. Now I do pride myself a bit on my
knowledge of BB history ... but Bill taught even this old dog a few
things. It is full of wonderful photos & tidbits of info.
For the real true fan
They Live !
Great record of a era
Recommended to all Beach Boys fans,
And this by email from Germany
your book had dropped in last week.
I am overwhelmed with the amount of first side pictures you ´ve
I just listened to an interview from 1966 taken in Japan where Al jardine
I had given informations for your book on the Germany "Surf Musik
Hope your book will sell in quantities which helps to get back the
investigations on this project.
Another by email
Got the wonderful book today.
Please accept all my Best Wishes for the New Year
Gerard - France
Published by Surf Chaser Publishing
a Division of Balsa Bill