The Beach Boys in Concert

The Beach Boys in Concert

The Ultimate History of America’s Band on Tour and Onstage
Ian Rusten and Jon Stebbins

Website | Jon Stebbins Website | Q&A with Jon Stebbins

MONTCLAIR, NJ—The Beach Boys have been a fixture of the American music scene since their iconic album Pet Sounds was released in 1966. The band has performed live every year since 1961. In The Beach Boys in Concert: The Ultimate History of America’s Band on Tour and Onstage (Backbeat Books, July 15, $39.99), Ian Rusten and Jon Stebbins cover the incredible five-decade touring journey in a day-by-day format that includes not only dates, locations, and other acts, but also thumbnail highlights or quotes for each concert.

The Beach Boys in Concert details the Beach Boys’ thrilling successes, personal tragedies, interband dramas, and globe-trotting rock-and-roll adventures from their humble beginnings in 1961 to their reunion in 2012. Previously unpublished photographs and rare memorabilia images bring fans deeper into the context of any given era covered in the book. Each chapter is dedicated to one year, showing the full evolution of this entertainment phenomenon in a way that has never been done before.

The book is rife with stories on how the Beach Boys grew from a simple surf-pop band singing about the California sun to producing the album that inspired Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Rusten and Stebbins don’t shy away from showing the low points of the band, but they don’t dwell on the sensationalist aspects of the Beach Boys’ colorful past. The Beach Boys in Concert is an exhilarating ride through the group’s career as concert performers and American legends.

Ian Rusten photo

Ian Rusten (Brooklyn, NY) is a teacher, historian, and music lover. For the past decade, he has been a contributor to various Beach Boys related websites, fanzines, and books. He has built a reputation as one of the most tenacious researchers in the Beach Boys–world. Rusten currently teaches economics and government at a private school in New York.

Jon Stebbins BBFAQ 2009 by DRJon Stebbins (Los Osos, CA) is an author, journalist, and pop music historian. He has written three acclaimed books on the Beach Boys: The Beach Boys FAQ (Backbeat Books), Dennis Wilson: The Real Beach Boy, and The Lost Beach Boy. As a rock journalist, Stebbins’ writings have appeared in numerous publications, including ASCAP’s Playback magazine, MOJO magazine, Los Angeles magazine, L.A. Weekly, and American Way magazine. He wrote liner notes for the 2008 Sony Legacy edition of Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue. Stebbins has also been involved in a growing list of television productions as a consultant, writer, and producer, with credits for BBC TV, Discovery Channel, Fox, and VH1.

July 15, 2013
8.5” x 11”
400 pages
Full-color illustrations and photos throughout
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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