This was submitted by a middle school library. I’m of two minds about this one. On the one hand, middle schoolers could not care less who The Beach Boys are. They are having Fun, Fun, Fun with Taylor Swift and The Biebs and clueless about The Beach Boys.
On the other hand, this is a Rock & Roll Hall of Famers series, and The Beach Boys are Hall of Famers, whether anyone in the target age group for the book has heard of them or not. Wouldn’t It Be Nice if middle schoolers were be exposed to Hall of Fame bands they’ve never heard of?
The pictures -at least, those submitted – are from the 1960s. I *hope* that this book talks about the changes in members this band has had over the years and includes more current pictures. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, after all.
Back to the first point, today’s middle schoolers have parents who were middle schoolers in 1988, and grandparents who were middle schoolers in 1961 when the band was formed. The subject of this book is of more interest to adults, but its format is clearly for a tween/teen audience.
Verdict: I’m Picking Up Good Vibrations about this series. I think I’d keep it if it were in good shape and I had space. After Surfin’ USA (ie. Worldcat), I see that a lot of libraries own this book. Pair it with a biography of the band One Direction and you’re covered. If it never, ever circulates after a few years, though, it’s a candidate for the chopping block. (And by chopping block I mean book sale.)
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