I was surprised at what an in-depth book this was after I started reading it, and it will hold the readers interest from start to finish. The Nearest Faraway Place by Timothy White is a highly candid and no-holds-barred look at the Southern California experience as reflected in the music of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. On page 115 there is a discussion of the West Coast Jazz scene of the 1950s and Pacific Jazz Records and references to musicians Gerry Mulligan Bud Shank Chet Baker Chico Hamilton Les McCann Art Pepper among others.
Illustrated with photographs this book explains how the times and the California landscape influenced Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys and other groups this book will in many ways stun you with its surprising facts.
This book is an outstanding social history of California culture and music and its impact and effect upon American music. The Nearest Faraway Place will shock and enlighten you while at the same time it will entertain you and reveal many unknown facts. Excellent writing. The author Timothy White is editor in chief of Billboard Magazine and is well-known as a music journalist.'An indepth analysis of the music scene in Southern California focusing on The Beach Boys and other artists who helped form the Southern California experience, and what this Southern California experience really meant in terms of American cultural and social history of the 1950s/1960s.