The Grammy Museum exhibit includes various pieces of musical and personal memorabilia from over a half century of the band’s existence, including the surfboard once owned by drummer Dennis Wilson, who drowned in 1983. (The third Wilson sibling, Carl, died in 1998 of cancer.) The surfboard was pictured on the cover of two Beach Boys albums.
The exhibit also includes a high school theme paper Brian Wilson wrote outlining “My Philosophy,” in which he stated that he hoped to make his mark in the world through music. “The satisfaction of ‘a place in the world’ seems well worth a sincere effort to me,” the 17-year-old future architect of the Beach Boys sound wrote.
Santelli also said he plans to present a six-week course next year at the museum exploring the Beach Boys’ legacy that will be open to the public.
Wilson and Jardine are 70, Love is 71 and Johnston is 68. Marks is the youngest original Beach Boy at 64. Their anniversary tour shows often ran 2½ to three hours and included as many as 53 songs.
“All the other stuff besides the music gets very exhausting,” Jardine said as he perused the exhibit that also includes guitars, family photos, album covers and colorful Hawaiian shirts worn by band members. “But when we step onstage and hear that first beat of the drum of ‘Do It Again,’ it’s a clarion call, and everything else just goes away. You’re totally energized.”
Wilson’s wife, Melinda, said: “Brian would come home and tell me how much he enjoyed watching Mike work the crowds. It was great for him, because he didn’t have to carry the show himself. He could be off to the side and watch Mike or the other guys. He’s really enjoyed it.”
And as much acclaim as Wilson has enjoyed during his solo ventures, he said he has relished the time he’s spent this year with Love, Jardine, Marks and Johnston.
“Good harmonies,” Wilson said in response to a question about the key difference between the Beach Boys and the Brian Wilson Band. “It’s a better overall vocal experience because you’ve got the best voices.”
During the onstage Q&A session, during which none of the background drama surfaced, Jardine deflected a question about his solo pursuits, saying: "This band is the only one that matters.... Let's keep it going."
Update at 11:55 a.m.: An earlier edition of this post misspelled EMI executive Jane Ventom's surname as Venton.
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