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Surf music

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    • found: Work cat.: 2010560147: McParland, S. The big kahuna, c2001:p. 1 (Surf music)
    • found: Encyclopedia of rock, 1987:p. 428, Surf music (A broad trend that dominated grassroots teenage music in America during the years 1962-5, surf music actually breaks down into four distinct phases. It started as early as 1961 with such transitional records as Mr Moto by the Belairs ... [et al.] which had what later would be called a surf sound, but no overt connection with surfing. The catalyst that turned these thousands of instrumental bands into surf bands was Dick Dale, whose Eastern-influenced, staccato guitar sound was designed to simulate the feel of being on a surfboard. The Beach Boys ... pioneered surf lyrics in songs that were about going to the beach, surfing, partying, etc. Late in 1963, the record industry decided that surfing was out, and hot rod music would be in. Cars and beaches were really part of the same culture and the same metaphor. This trend lasted a year or so, by which time the Beach Boys had evolved the music a stage further. Now it wasn't surf music or car music, but simply California music, or summer music. Summer means fun, California means summer, summer means beaches, beaches mean girls, girls mean cars, cars mean fun, etc., etc. Now fun was the key word. Though surf music as a commercial trend died in 1966, 1974 saw a brief revival as a reissue of Surfin' USA by the Beach Boys became a large hit and several other surfing records made the charts.)
    • found: All Music Guide, Feb. 18, 2010(Surf rock was one of the most popular forms of American rock & roll of the early '60s. Distinguished by reverb-drenched guitar, rolling instrumentals that were designed to sound like crashing waves, and simple, three-chord songs, the music may sound similar on the surface, but it was revolutionary music for its time, exploring sonic territories previously unheard in rock music)
    • found: Shuker, R. Key concepts in popular music, 1998:p. 292, Surf music (Surf music was the most guitar-oriented style of early rock 'n' roll, and had enormous influence on subsequent electric guitar playing styles ... Surf music experienced a revival in the 1980s, and continues to maintain a cult status associated with specialist labels; though now only rarely played, it has become an element of more contemporary genres, while its guitar sound continues to be influential)
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