COWABUNGA!: Gidget Goes Encyclopedic
By Stephan J. McParland
For fans of the beach
culture pop films of the sixties, this is an essential book full of all manor
of detail and graphics. Author Stephan J. McParland
explores the whacky
world of those celluloid escapes with reverence and a sense of discovery.
It's not often that a writer can provide an anjoyable and fluid tale as a
vehicle for encyclopedic detail, but that's what McParland has done with
this book. There are more tidbits, inside scoops, and outright history here
than you'll ever need.
I've long had a love-hate relationship with these films, beginning with the
occasional treasured glimpses of surfbands vs. being embarrased at how juvenile
they seemed when I was a teenager. It took Frankie Avalon
to make fun of them with Back To The Beach
I could enjoy them without feeling like I was in danger of becoming a moron.
For surf instro fans, there are discussions of many of the songs from the
soundtracks, and some fine pix as well.
You have to have your serious hat locked away, and you can't view Gidget
as the tomato that ate the surf scene.
Read it for the history, or for the human character, but read it.
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