Author Topic: Riding the Wild Surf: Jan Berry and the Birth of West Coast Rock - Gary Pig Gold  (Read 236 times)

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Great article!

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Up until recently, Jan Berry is one of the most underrated and forgotten geniuses in rock and roll. It was very discouraging to watch that scene in "Love and Mercy" where Hal Blane was on the car talking to a young Brian in 1966. Hal mentions several great producers he worked with, but doesn't say Jan Berry. That is not historically accurate. Hal was in the Jan and Dean movie, he toured with them and was on all their records through 1966. You're going to tell me that Hal would not have mentioned Jan in 1966 as one of the better producers he's worked with? I'll never believe that. Also, in the Wrecking Crew, they barely mention Jan and Dean. But yet they spent countless hours with Jan in the studio when rock was young. It just doesn't seem to be popular to mention Jan Berry. We've all heard Brian talk about Jan and the influence Jan had on him. But that is NEVER included in a Beach Boy documentary. It's either edited out or Brian just forgets it. You also don't hear about Jan and Dean's early influence on the Beach Boys and indeed the California sound. It almost seems ON PURPOSE. But thanks to Mark and articles like the above from Gary Pig Gold, it's all beginning to come out. Is it too late? Well, better late than never. Thanks Mark, can't wait for the new book!