Beach Boy Mike Love writing an autobiography


If you’re the kind of reader who likes to plan ahead, file this under “Beach Reads 2016”: Mike Love, the co-founder of the Beach Boys, is writing an autobiography for Blue Rider Press, a Penguin imprint.

The book, with the working title “Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy,” will be co-written with James S. Hirsch and released in summer 2016, according to a press release from Blue Rider.

“I’ve had an incredible life with a lot of triumphs, my share of heartbreak and some pretty amazing experiences,” Love says in the press release. “There are a lot of things I haven’t shared before, and I’m looking forward to opening up about my life and my work in this book. It’s a story about family, music, a country in transition, and audiences all over the world coming together in harmony.”


Love, 73, was a lead singer and lyricist for the Beach Boys, best known for his work on the band’s earlier, more carefree songs, like “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “California Girls.” He had a famously complicated relationship with his bandmate and cousin Brian Wilson, who left the band in 1988. Love co-wrote one of the band’s biggest hits, “Kokomo,” which hit No. 1 that year.

Wilson might beat Love to the bookstores though. It was announced last year that his autobiography, “I Am Brian Wilson,” is scheduled for release in 2015.