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I Am Brian Wilson

The musician we meet in this book looks back on his mid-’70s Beach Boys caricature with sympathy and dread. As his gentle voice emerges from the pages, a more definitive picture takes shape.

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John McCain: War = Bad

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee (still waiting for the handy acronym here, people) John McCain has a new advertisement that makes a play for the anti-war crowd with his bold pronouncement: “I hate war.” All right, but how does his latest incarnation explain the liberties he once took with a certain Beach Boys surf classic?

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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McCain’s Creepy Karaoke

Doing both the Iranian people and the Beach Boys a grave dishonor in one extraordinary gaffe, John McCain made the ill-conceived move of covering that classic good-time hit “Barbara Ann,” with a slight, hawkish adaptation:  he changed the lyrics to “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.”

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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