Blue Rider PressThe Beach BoysMike Love says his new memoir, Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, “was quite an endeavor” that took about three years to complete. Love tells ABC Radio that the book gave him the chance to refute some of the negative accusations he’s faced throughout the band’s history; for example, that he fought main songwriter Brian Wilson‘s efforts to move The Beach Boys in a more artistic direction.

“There are things like I supposedly said, ‘Don’t eff with the formula,’ with regards to the Pet Sounds album. Absolutely untrue,” Love insists. “I named the album, I worked very hard on the album with all the guys, and went with my cousin Brian to Capitol Records to play Pet Sounds to them. And then, later on that year, I wrote all the words to ‘Good Vibrations,’ and I came up with [the song’s] hook…So, I did some great things with Brian.”

Throughout Good Vibrations, Love details the highs and lows that he and the group went through. He maintains that, “By and large, the story of The Beach Boys is one of amazing positivity because of how much the music has meant to how many millions of people.” As for the lows, he cites things like drummer Dennis Wilson‘s brief association with Charles Manson, and Dennis, Brian and Carl Wilson‘s drug issues.

Love tells ABC Radio that his favorite high points include the 1968 trip that he, The Beatles and others took to India to study Transcendental Meditation with guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He also says he didn’t shy away from including some of his own lows, such as his infamous speech during The Beach Boys’ 1988 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“I was not at my best,” Love admits, “that’s for sure.”

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