In 1963, Variety wrote about a new musical fad called “surfing music” and predicted it would “take hold of the teenage market on a national scale.”This article and hundreds of other surf-related artifacts are collected in “Pop Surf Culture,” a coffee table book that explores assorted facets of the craze, from “Endless Summer” docs to Beach Party films from A.I.P., surfing on television, and, of course essential surf album discography. Gidget herself (now Kathy Kohner Zuckerman) and artist Billy Al Bengston (aka Moondoggie), penned forewords for the book. The writing is workmanlike, but the visuals are superb. Record sleeves, vintage paperbacks and kooky ephemera like printed instructions for the Surfer’s Stomp dance liven up the pages. The brief heyday of surf-oriented L.A. nightspots like the Peppermint Stick, the Deauville Castle Club and the Cinnamon Cinder, emceed by Bob Eubanks are also spotlighted in this nostalgic treasure-trove.
Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film and Fashion From the Bohemian Surf Boom
Brian Chidester and Domenic Priore; Santa Monica Press; 271 pgs.; $39.95