"A Musical Appreciation of Female Surf, Hot-Rod And Related Recordings 1961-1967"
Originally published in August 2005
SCANNED PDF DOCUMENT - 282 PAGES
Whereas one single girl, Kathy Kohner, aka “Gidget”, established the concept of the girl surfer in the minds of hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world via the printed media and the film medium thanks to Frederick Kohner’s best selling 1957 book Gidget: The Little Girl With Big Ideas and Columbia Pictures’ 1959 box-office success GIDGET, the concept of the girl (or woman for that matter) singing about surfing (and its related offshoot of hot-rod music) has never been fully explored, until now.
Unlike surfer girls, females singing the praises of surfing was largely a ‘60s phenomenon and this book attempts to chronicle this brief yet interesting flowering.
Likewise, girls singing about hot-rods, drag racing and motorcycles have been included as well as actresses from “The Beach Party” genre of films who have recorded material.
Similarly, this book also documents the recorded exploits of female performers who have fallen under the creative wing of individuals more well-known for their own involvement in the surfing and hot-rod music genre.
Such product by record producers, music arrangers and songwriters of the calibre of BRIAN WILSON, GARY USHER, BRUCE JOHNSTON, TERRY MELCHER, JOE SARACENO, PHIL SLOAN & STEVE BARRI and GARY ZEKLEY is therefore discussed and documented, not all of which falls into the category of surfing or hot-rod music, but is often couched in similar musical terms.
And lastly, for those interested in “The Girl Group” musical genre, this book taps into an area (and covers individuals) largely ignored elsewhere and so should provide an additional bountiful supply of information and trivia.
Included within the book are 53 PAGES OF B&W PHOTOS, 7 PAGES OF FULL COLOUR, 7 PAGES OF GRAPHICS and a thorough INDEX.