There is a link here to a couple of interviews (here and here) with someone called Mike Eder, who is working on yet another Beach Boys book. The interviews are hosted by The Examiner, a US news site I only knew previously via its urgent ‘news’ coverage of Exopolitics – exopolitical exponents, specifically Michael Salla and Alfred Lambremont Webre, contribute long and rather fevered pieces about aliens, time travel and ‘disclosure’: here’s a piece from 2009 by Salla, entitled official disclosure of extraterrestrial life is imminent; one comment asks
Can someone please send me a script of the broadcast of President Obama’s announcement from end of last year? I feel so embarrassed – but I somehow must have missed it.
and is followed by another
no this is real and will happen around Oct 13th 2010…
Did it happen? Have I missed it? Or is this article’s unqualifiable claims all fake?
Maybe this forthcoming Beach Boys book I Can Hear Music is likewise a hoax:
Author Mike Eder reveals his dream project on The Beach Boys…[Eder] feels the entire Beach Boys story hasn’t been told with balance, and each individual member (aside from Brian) has still not been given due respect. As an honest portrayal of the band and their music, I Can Hear Music is sure to be a sought-after publication when it sees release.
Let us assume that Mike Eder and his forthcoming book to be real:
What was the genesis of your upcoming book, I Can Hear Music?
I felt The Beach Boys story hadn’t been told with balance. I first thought of this in 1994 actually when I was 18. I knew Brian had not stayed in bed for years at a time; I knew he did great work after Smile. This was not made clear by the many books and movies up to that time.
Are you sure about this? As an author, with a working thesis formulated nearly twenty years ago, your research yielded nothing more than the usual tired tropes of rock gossip? And you feel that, post-Smile, Brian did ‘great work’?
Do go on:
Brian Wilson had a unique gift and in The Beach Boys he had a special vehicle. Anybody who was around them that has said different at the time or now had their own political reasons to further the “Brian and the five a-holes” view that so many seem to need to latch onto.
Perhaps it’s more exciting to have real “Heroes and Villains”, but really these falsehoods are what tore the band apart later on. How this happened my book will explain.
So Brian killed Smile?
Absolutely. Maybe he got bored, or maybe the lawsuit with Capitol meant he had to hold the album back long enough to have moved on. There are a million things you could suppose.
Van Dyke Parks’ wavering commitment didn’t help. Many people side with Parks, but the fact that he didn’t stick around once he got offered a solo album is a big factor in this.
It wasn’t malicious of Parks, but I have a feeling Brian was never completely sold on everything Van Dyke did himself. Perhaps Van Dyke didn’t need to convince Mike Love as much as Brian Wilson.
Brian was in on the mocking Lei’d In Hawaii session [an unreleased “live-in-the-studio” recording from September 1967] where Mike Love overdubbed a self-deprecating dialogue onto “Heroes and Villains,” so what does that tell you?
Putting aside Brian Wilson’s ‘special vehicle’ (is this for navigating the space/time continuum?) – Mr. Eder, what does this self-deprecating dialogue tell you? Should I hold out for this revisionist opus, or might I query a point or two here? I may? Then I shall.
The ‘mocking Lei’d In Hawaii session‘ he refers to is transcribed here, and is discussed here, so I’m not going to reiterate all of this again. My issue is with this biographer’s rhetorical claim that the meaning of this seeming self-mockery is self-evident. This track was never officially released, and is only available on bootlegs; it was first heard in 1994, on the Vigotone Lei’d in Hawaii release, and the studio recordings were ‘discovered shortly before the 1990 reissue campaign’ (from here) – and were thus presumably unknown until then. These studio recordings were made for a faked ‘live’ album, but were discarded as unusable. If one single recording, released without context, is being used as part of his thesis’ main argument, how valid would this ‘rebalance’ be without it?
I will concede to rigorous research, on any topic (including Exopolitics, Disclosure, and life on mars) – I cannot but admire experts. But I’ve (presumably) read most of the Beach Boys books Mike Eder has read, watched all of the films, heard all of the recordings – and, in this ‘either/or’ paradigm he argues, I suppose I ‘side with Parks‘…however, in real research, there are no ‘sides’, only fact. I’ve read enough Examiner articles about Exopolitics to have realised that, however convincing the arguments and statements of Salla, Webre, Basiago etc. might seem, without proof, it can only ever be taken as speculative. At best. Read here about Laura Eisenhower’s teleportation trips to Mars – amazing stuff; if true, it could revise humanity’s understanding of the universe we live in, as well as the Military-Industrial Complex that her great-grandfather’s final speech as President of the USA warned against. Mike Love claims Brian wrote the dialogue for the Lei’d Heroes and Villains; but as this story has changed over time, without proof (if it’s scripted, can someone please send me a script ?), it has the same aura of unreason as these teleportation tales.
Revisionism, on any subject, should always be accommodated, however uncomfortable it might be, if a) it’s necessary, and b) it is supported by data, rather than just supposition and anecdote.
It is not clear where Eder is gonna dig that hasn’t already been stripmined for ‘proofs’, on either side of either argument. If, as he claims, ‘I have a feeling Brian was never completely sold on everything Van Dyke did himself’, what does he have that will support this ‘feeling’? And why does Mr. Parks himself address Eder personally, in the title of a brief piece on the Bananastan site, as he ‘answers the general inquisition (viz “author” Mike Eder et al) on the Beach Boys’ reunion and Smile‘? Van Dyke Parks was there, and he disagrees. What makes this “author” feel he knows better?
‘Perhaps it’s more exciting to have real “Heroes and Villains”‘. Exciting? You think? I feel nothing resembling ‘excitement’ when considering all of this. Being a ‘fan’ of this music (and often an apologist for it) can get quite quite depressing, if not heartbreaking…but to see and hear Mike Love’s own personal vendetta against Van Dyke Parks being restated again and again says way more about the former than it does the latter. Why does Mike Love care so much, when Parks says in the link above
I’m ready to move on. The windshield is larger than the rear-view mirror.
Mr. Eder, what does that tell you?
With a Beach Boys reunion now underway, a book like I Can Hear Music will maybe appeal to a new Beach Boys audience. Its central argument would be an apposite accompaniment to this 50 year old band’s tour and album; let us discard our redundant library of outmoded research, biography, interviews and criticism by the likes of Domenic Priore, David Leaf, Timothy White, Peter Ames Carlin, Paul Williams, Kingsley Abbott, Brad Elliott, Nick Kent…and embrace yet another fucking Rock History Year Zero!
I am sure that Mike Eder’s work will be welcomed by this reanimated Beach Boys, and we should expect to see I Can Hear Music as an Amazon recommended purchase (with a cover quote from Mike Love) alongside the 2012 Joe Thomas-produced Celebration album (and do check out Buddy Love’s Joe Thomas‘ musical credentials; if there is fan-excitement about a new Beach Boys album, and despite Brian’s Thomas-produced Imagination album from 1998, then fans will forgive and forget. Preorder your copy of I Can Hear Music now!).
As I say, I hold no authority on any of this other than having spent a quarter-century pondering ‘what ifs’ and possibilities – but at no point could I have imagined the question ‘So Brian killed Smile?‘ being asked – nor this categorical response
Absolutely. Maybe he got bored…there are a million things you could suppose.
There are indeed. I would like to suppose that all of this Examiner exopolitical-hooey were true; I’m willing to accept that it might be. With evidence. I’m also willing to accept that new evidence about the real role of Mike Love in the Beach Boys saga may yet be disclosed, and that ‘these falsehoods are what tore the band apart later on‘. But, as a friend says in defence of Mike Eder, after reading these interviews,
you have to admire the man’s sheer dogged refusal to believe tiny, insignificant things like… proof or fact, bless him
and also, about Eder’s professional CV
did you read the first page of his article? the one where he reveals his first published work was for “the three stooges” journal? i hope it was peer reviewed…
But as I Can Hear Music is presumably not yet complete, it could instigate as great a paradigm shift in the Beach Boys fan community as Obama’s still-forthcoming Disclosure speech could have upon The Planet Earth.
How this happened my book will explain.
With the Mayan calendar predicting 2012 as a year of great change upon the Earth, maybe everything we know (as Beach Boys fans or as normal human beings) is actually wrong.
I want to believe.