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Band of the Free: The Beach Boys as an American National Interest

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For over fifty years The Beach Boys have been musically synonymous with the United States. Addressing such associations in musical, thematic, social, cultural, political and ideological terms, this article argues that the group’s Americanisms have changed over time, as have the forms they have taken and the contexts within which they have gained and lost traction. While professional ambition, corporate interest, public belief and established myth have all helped underwrite their Americanist associations, The Beach Boys have retained an enduring national interest in part by accommodating the paradoxes and tensions that have marked both the group and their homeland.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRock Music Studies
Pages (from-to)187-204
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Research areas

  • popular music, Beach Boys, Americanism

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