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 LongingRunning 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 S, 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 UsStriking 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 CoastersAll 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 ItHilarious 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 EchoesWhen We Get to Surf City

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  • Hardcover
  • 343 pages
  • When We Get to Surf City
  • Bob Greene
  • English
  • 10 October 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 convertible crippled him and left his speech and communication hard to understand This was madeironic by the titles of some of Jan Dean s hits they wrote and sang Dead Man s Curve years before this wreck At any rate, during the 1980 interview, I didn t know their background I didn t know whether Jan was drunk or epileptic but I do know that, on the air, he tried to pick up a girl after inviting her to the night s show, he asked her age and she replied Thirteen They also spoke to a young man who, after the singers blustered on about their former fame, when asked if he had any questions for Jan Dean, asked Yeah What are some of your songs Aside that s akin to Knoxville DJ Phil Williams in the 1980 s doing a pre New Year s show with a Knoxville Police Officer with a breathalyzer on air to measure and demonstrate the loss of control when one drives while drunk. Phil drank a shot of whiskey every fifteen minutes all morning and got well beyond wasted he talked through and over the songs, his cohosts etc After three plus hours of this which included periodic breathalyzer tests to demonstrate his ever increasing blood alcohol content , they prepared to roll Phil out of the studio, pour him into the back seat of a car, and take the poor drunken sap home As he was departing, Phil was asked if he had any final comments for the listening audience to wrap up the show about the dangers of drunk driving Our intrepid host said as follows Well, I want ya ll to know that even though I m drunk, I can tell you one thing I can still drive That was one of the funniest and most inappropriate things I ever heard in my life My rating 8.75 10, finished 2011

  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.

  3. says:

    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 well over a decade after the accident, began touring with Dean Torrence again.Greene is a marvelous storyteller, and the most poignant moments of the book unfold as he portrays Jan s heroic struggles to get through each day Fans of a certain age will remember the made for TV movie, Deadman s Curve, which told the story of the first phase of Jan s comeback But even those who remember that film will find themselves moved by the degree of struggle Jan Berry faced every day for the last 38 years of his life Greene observes Jan before shows and wonders why he is listening intently to and singing along with recordings of the hits he wrote decades earlier It turns out he has to re learn the lyrics every single time due to the lasting brain damage he suffered in the accident.Greene s gift is to interweave the nostalgia for innocence and youth with the realities of the present day He does a wonderful job of evoking the beauty of a warm summer night, with music and laughter in the air and that mythical place called Surf City just around the next curve in the road.As a long time fan of Bob Greene s books, and of Jan and Dean, I couldn t pass this one up, and once I started it, I couldn t put it down

  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 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 Dean were one of the top acts in music in the early 1960s That ended when Jan Berry was involved in a near fatal car accident Jan never fully recovered from the accident, but through sheer perseverance, returned to the stage And Greene s tells us his story of courage and heartbreak inspirational and sad And he shows the compassion and quiet determination of Dean Torrence in taking care of his longtime band mate and keeping the show on the road Along the way Greene introduces the reader to the likes of Freddy Boom Boom Cannon, Gene Pitney, some of the Beach Boys, Frankie Avalon, the Monkees, and even Frank Sinatra This book is muchthan about music It s about life on the road and the importance of friendship

  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 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 entertaining

  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 onesummer after tha 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 onesummer after that And another The book is sentimental without being mawkish

  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 Americana, the superiority of the Midwest, the power of summer, tasty cheeseburgers The best parts of this one are about the encounters with other acts on the oldies county fair corporate event circuit.

  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 touring, Greene meets up with Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Beach Boys, Monkees, the Drifters, and the Coasters.What a wild, magic carpet ride

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