From original beachcomber personalities like the Waikiki Beachboys to the rise of Venice Beach as a creative centre for music, art, and film, this insightful chronicle traces the roots of the surf boom and explores its connection to the Beat Generation and 1960s pop culture. Through accounts of key figures both obscure and popular, such as Mike Dormer, Rick Griffin, the Trashwomen, and the Beach Boys, the book illustrates why surf culture is a vital art movement of the 20th century. The entire spectrum of pop culture is covered, including discussions of the advent of surf magazines and the immense popularity of the Ã¢Â�Â�beachÃ¢Â�Â� movies starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.
"Both coffee table book and textbook, with a stunning collection of rare relics and photographs. Sixties pop obsessives will be rewarded with more than enough connections and recommendations to make the book pay for itself . . . With plenty of history and eye candy, "Pop Surf Culture" wins." --"Boston's Weekly Dig"