Journal: Rock Music Studies
Special Issue: The Beach Boys
Guest Editor: Erica K. Argyropoulos, Northeastern State University
Abstract Deadline: February 1, 2019
Final Manuscript Deadline: November 30, 2019


The Beach Boys are arguably one of the most significant and influential American bands in music history. With his uncanny harmonic intuition and the  composition of both early commercial hits and lesser-known haunting ballads, Brian Wilson quickly established himself as one of the most distinguished songwriters of his era. In creating Pet Sounds (1966) at the age of 23, he crafted a delicate and experimental approach to musical arrangement and production that shook the foundations of popular music. Bolstered by the critical contributions of his brothers Dennis and Carl, cousin Mike Love, childhood friends Al Jardine and David Marks, and latecomer Bruce Johnston, The Beach Boys have enjoyed a fruitful and eclectic career spanning decades.

This special issue seeks to paint a more holistic portrait of The Beach Boys than has hitherto been seen in the literature. We are particularly interested in manuscripts that embrace a multidisciplinary framework, explore uncharted areas of the group’s music and history, and reject the narrative of “Brian Wilson and his invisible bandmates.” We encourage potential contributors to consider The Beach Boys broadly in formulating their submissions.


Potential contributors should first submit an abstract of approximately 250 words and a brief CV by February 1, 2019. Authors selected for inclusion will be invited to submit manuscripts of 6,000-8,000 words by November 30, 2019. All essays will be peer-reviewed using a double-blind process. Please send all abstracts and communications regarding this project to: Erica K. Argyropoulos, argyropo -at-

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