When We Get to Surf City



In a dazzling and exhilarating display of narrative on the road reporting, award winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Bob Greene takes readers on an unforgettable American journey of music, memories, and universal longing.Running away to join the circus is a dream we re told to put away once we re no longer young But, as Bob Greene writes, just when in our lives we give up on capturing the freedom and bright mornings of our world when it was new, sometimes something happens to keep the sun high in the sky a while longer Sometimes we find something we weren t even aware we were looking for For fifteen years beginning in the 1990s, Greene stepped into a universe that, out in the country every summer night, is hiding in plain sight the touring world of the great early rock bands who gave America the car radio and jukebox music it still loves best Singing backup with the legendary Jan and Dean as they endlessly crisscross the nation, Greene takes us to football stadiums and minor league ballparks, to no name ice cream stands and midnight diners, to back roads and carnival midways as he tells a riveting story of great fame and lingering sorrow, of unexpected friendship and lasting dreams, of the things that keep us going in the face of all the things that threaten to stop us.Striking chords of recognition and yearning, When We Get to Surf City glistens with cameos by the men and women with whom Greene traveled the United States on his deliriously unlikely journey, including Chuck Berry, Martha and the Vandellas, the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, the Kingsmen, James Brown, Lesley Gore, the Drifters, Little Eva, and the Coasters.All of them not just the people on the stage, but the people in the audiences, too are seeking their private versions of the mythical destination Jan and Dean came up with all those years ago Surf City as the perfect, cloudless place we all believe is out there, if only we can find it.Hilarious and heartbreaking, moving and brilliant, this is the trip of a lifetime, a travelogue of the heart, accompanied by a thundering guitar chorus of Fender Stratocasters It is a story destined to touch readers not just today, but for generations to come, as long as the music itself echoes. Free Download [ When We Get to Surf City ] author [ Bob Greene ] – tiffanydaniels.co.ukWhen We Get to Surf City

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  • Hardcover
  • 343 pages
  • When We Get to Surf City
  • Bob Greene
  • English
  • 16 April 2018
  • 0312375298

10 thoughts on “When We Get to Surf City

  1. says:

    When We Get To Surf City A Journey Through America in Pursuit of Rock Roll, Friendship, Dreams by Bob Greene St Martin s Press 2008 973.9209 Another NPR contributor has written a great book I ve come to dislike and mistrust the A Journey Through America in Search Pursuit etc genre, but this book demands my highest rating As a sixteen year old, Bob Greene adored the Beach Boys and Jan Dean when they first hit the radio in 1964 1966 As a forty five year old ma When We Get To Surf City A Journey Through America in Pursuit of Rock Roll, Friendship, Dreams by Bob Greene St Martin s Press 2008 973.9209 Another NPR contributor has written a great book I ve come to dislike and mistrust the A Journey Through America in Search Pursuit etc genre, but this book demands my highest rating As a sixteen year old, Bob Greene adored the Beach Boys and Jan Dean when they first hit the radio in 1964 1966 As a forty five year old many years later in the course of a story, Greene met and was befriended by Jan Dean s current drummer on the oldies amusement park tour and became a pal of the band and an unpaid official band member on rhythm guitar for ten years This is funnier still because I heard Jan Dean do a promotional radio interview in Emerald Isle, NC in 1980 Jan Berry had been a wonder boy, brilliant, ready to move on past the number one hits He had already been accepted to medical school in the mid 60 s when a car crash his fault, rear ended a truck while speeding in his conv...

  2. says:

    Another terrific Greene book Our interests are so much alike it s scary I would have loved to tour with Jan Dean or any other group, for that matter.

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    90 of 120 books pledged to read in 2017

  4. says:

    If you know the music you ll love the book So much that I didn t know and Bob Greene is simply amazing to share these stories with us

  5. says:

    When We Get To Surf City is Bob Greene s story of his multi year odyssey as a member of Jan and Dean s touring band Greene is a long time columnist for the Chicago Tribune and Esquire, as well as the author of several previous books The opportunity to play with Jan and Dean came about as a one time event, but the surf rockers saw how much fun he was having, and invited him back Soon Greene was flying across the country to join the band whenever he could, a gig that stretched on for many mag When We Get To Surf City is Bob Greene s story of his multi year odyssey as a member of Jan and Dean s touring band Greene is a long time columnist for the Chicago Tribune and Esquire, as well as the author of several previous books The opportunity to play with Jan and Dean came about as a one time event, but the surf rockers saw how much fun he was having, and invited him back Soon Greene was flying across the country to join the band whenever he could, a gig that stretched on for many magical summers.Jan and Dean were pop music stars of the early 60s, and topped the charts in 1963 with the hit that provides the title for this book The Jan and Dean story appeared to come to an abrupt end in 1966 when Jan Berry, who also produced their albums and wrote many of their hits, was involved in a near fatal auto accident He spent years battling back from those injuries, and w...

  6. says:

    Bob Greene wrote an outstanding book about life on the road with an oldies rock group Greene, knownas a Chicago newspaper columnist, used his reporter s keen eye to take the reader behind the scenes in the world of rock and roll, which may appear glamorous on the surface, but takes a lot of sacrifice, hard work, and humility Greene was invited to play with the band over several years He admits that it was a dream come true, especially since he grew up listening to their music Jan and D Bob Greene wrote an outstanding book about life on the road with an oldies rock group Greene, knownas a Chicago newspaper columnist, used his reporter s keen eye to take the reader behind the scenes in the world of rock and roll, which may appear glamorous on the surface, but takes a lot of sacrifice, hard work, and humilit...

  7. says:

    I wanted to read this book for 2 reasons The author grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where I live, and I have enjoyed several of his other books I also wanted to read it because of my job in the media biz at an Alternative Rock radio station which gave me an inside look at the rock roll lifestyle, not to mention the opportunity to meet many well known entertainers, and all the rock band tee shirts I could handle Greene s vivid pictures of being on the road with the band very enterta I wanted to read this book for 2 reasons The author grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where I live, and I have enjoyed several of his other books I also wanted to read it because of my job in the ...

  8. says:

    Bob Greene is asked to play back up for Jan and Dean by their keyboardist, Gary Griffin The book chronicles 15 years of playing the Midweat at lesser venues The book concludes with Jan Berry s death in 2004 Greene, Bexley native, grew up on Roosevelt Ave., talks about the fellowship, great fun and residual power of these fun in the sun surf songs He muses on what drives these guys to do it and he finds that they love singing the songs and having onesummer And onesumm...

  9. says:

    This is a fun read about being on the road as part of Jan and Dean s backing band in the 90s and 00s Bob Greene s usual themes are in here friendship, the passage of time, nostalgia for a time when people weredecent to one another, kitschy Am...

  10. says:

    I did not know this, but for 15 years, Bob Greene sang backup for Jan and Dean as they toured America Wonder if he was with them when I saw Jan and Dean perform in Albuquerque s Tingley Coliseum maybe around 2003 So here is a tale of great fame and sorrows Along with the retro band tourin...

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