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Good Vibrations: A Children's Picture Book

Good Vibrations: A Children's Picture Book

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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.

I'm pickin' up good vibrations
She's giving me the excitations (oom bop bop)
I'm pickin' up good vibrations (good vibrations, oom bop bop)
She's giving me the excitations (excitations, oom bop bop)

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 USA 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

    Author: Mike Love, Brian Wilson
    Publisher: Akashic Books
    Published: 06/02/2020
    Pages: 32
    Binding Type: Hardcover
    Weight: 0.70lbs
    Size: 8.50h x 8.50w x 0.40d
    ISBN: 9781617757877
    Audience: Baby-Preschool

    About the Author

    Paul Hoppe (illustrator) 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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