Sunday, September 25, 2016

Know Your Enemy

"There was the potential of a better, more thoughtful book here, one that delved into the complexities of creating art with someone of great troubles and transcendence. If only Love had taken some time in his 75 years to consider writing it. But, ladies and gentlemen of the court, Mike Love's surname is the kindest thing about him. His memoir leaves him neither vindicated nor convincingly tolerable as a human being."

Thus concludes Stacey Anderson's hugely entertaining dissection of Mike Love's new book Good Vibrations: My Life As A Beach Boy on Pitchfork.

Love was the subject of some discussion in Episode 7 of Sounding Bored, when we celebrated Pet Sounds' 50th birthday. This review merely further corroborates the existing evidence that Love is a bitter, egotistical, money-grabber.

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