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Good Vibrations

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Mike Love and Brian Wilson’s world-famous song, gloriously illustrated by Paul Hoppe, will bring smiles to the faces of children and parents alike.

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What people are saying…

“Zany fun . . . Good Vibrations is a good book for an aging Baby Boomer, a hipster, or a beach-going anyone.”
New York Journal of Books

“These are all songs you would hear on the radio, beautifully illustrated to share their song-stories, ideas, and cultural heritage with your children.”
Sing Books with Emily

“One of the most welcoming and joyous kids story books that I’ve come across in a long time.”
Exclusive Magazine

“It’s appropriate that [Mike Love and Brian Wilson’s] song lyrics are reimagined in this picture book as a day at the beach for a little girl and her dog who spread goodwill everywhere they go.”
Pragmatic Mom

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Description

Good Vibrations is the latest from LyricPop, a children’s picture book collection by LyricVerse and Akashic Books.

“I’m pickin’ up good vibrations
She’s giving me the excitations
Good, good, good, good vibrations
She’s giving me the excitations . . . “

Good Vibrations is a lively picture book based on Mike Love and Brian Wilson’s number one hit about absorbing positive energy from the people around them. Often praised as one of the most important compositions in rock, the Beach Boys’ original version of this song was their third number one Billboard hit. With lyrics by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, and illustrations by Paul Hoppe, this picture book follows a girl and her dog as they make their way down to the beach, sharing good vibrations all along the way. Parents and children alike can share and enjoy one of rock’s greatest hits through the colorful pages of Good Vibrations.

Released in 1966, this is one of the defining and iconic songs of the era
The recording involved the then-revolutionary process of tape-splicing, cutting up and editing pieces of the master tape together
The musicians used in the recording of the song included members of the Wrecking Crew, the legendary set of Los Angeles session studio players
Beach Boys publicist Derek Taylor described the song as a “pocket symphony” (Derek was the former press officer for the Beatles and the Beach Boys, and worked with the Byrds and the Mamas & the Papas, among others)
The unusual sound featured in the song’s chorus was produced by an electrotheremin
The song was a transatlantic number one, reaching the top spot in both the US and the UK
The song was the last US number one the Beach Boys achieved in the 1960s
Inducted into both the GRAMMY and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame
Rolling Stone ranked the song at number six on its 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
In 2001, the RIAA and the National Endowment for the Arts published their Songs of the Century list, with “Good Vibrations” at number 24
The song is part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s permanent exhibition, 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll

Read an interview with illustrator Paul Hoppe at KidLit 411


Book Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Published: 6/2/20
  • IBSN: 9781617757877
  • e-IBSN: 9781617758331

Authors

Mike Love (song lyrics)

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Brian Wilson (song lyrics)

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PAUL HOPPE has illustrated various children’s books, including, Neymar: A Soccer Dream Come True and The Woods, which he also wrote. His work has appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. During the summer, Hoppe teaches sequential art at the School of Visual Arts. His work has been honored by the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and American Illustration, among others. Originally from Poland and raised in Germany, Hoppe works from a shared studio in the Pencil Factory in Brooklyn, and lives in Queens. Good Vibrations is his latest book.

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