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Surf City: The Jan and Dean Story

Dean Torrence

ISBN: 978-1-59079-395-4
224 pages, Trade Paperback


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Welcome to the musical vision of 1960s Southern California where the skies are always blue, and the summer lasts all year long. Riding high on the wave of the West Coast craze were the rock duo legends Jan Berry and Dean Torrence who played a pivotal role in crafting and popularizing the surf music sound.

Surf City is the story of Jan & Dean’s rise to stardom told through the eyes of Dean Torrence. With chart-topping singles like “Surf City,” Jan & Dean helped pioneer the California sound. Filled with stories of Dean’s time in the industry, including his long and storied relationship with The Beach Boys, anecdotes include a game of football with Elvis, scamming an ex-con, and a near encounter with the Manson Family.

Surf City encapsulates the vibe of California surf music in the sixties as Jan and Dean live a rock-and-roll lifestyle filled with surfing, hot rods, sun, fun, and girls.

FOREWORD by Mike Love of the Beach Boys



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