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We begin 2017 with a new Mike Love interview in the Spring 2017 edition of Endless Summer Quarterly [ESQ]. The issue offers an insightful interview with Mike, with the emphasis on ways we can help save the planet, and make it a better place for future generations. We also evaluate the 25th anniversary of Summer In Paradise, Mike discusses the history and circumstances surrounding (some of) the recordings for the project, and we have an exclusive interview with the album's artist Robert Lyn Nelson, about the "Ring Of Life"; the painting used for the poster and cover art of the U.S. and UK releases.

Finally, we pay tribute to the late Ricci Martin who passed away in August of 2016. We would have gotten to this sooner, but wanted to include several players that could lend a solid backstory to Ricci's Carl Wilson/Billy Hinsche-produced Beached album. Interviews include; Hinsche, Deana Martin, Bobby Figueora, and Carli Muñoz.

The Spring 2017 editon was behind schedule, so make sure your subscription is up to date, and renew quickly. The Summer 2017 editon of ESQ will be out very soon, and is set to include brand new interviews with The Beach Boy, a new article on Smiley Smile from Peter Reum, and plenty of surprises! Plus, autographed giveaways are on the way ...

In the event you're new to ESQ, the Fall 2016 edition of ESQ features exclusive interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston, as well as Hal Blaine and Don Randi (of The Wrecking Crew); Brian offers previously undisclosed details about Pet Sounds, and Brian, Mike, Al and Bruce discuss the creation of "Good Vibrations," and evolution of the group's sound; and the Summer 2016 issue of ESQ celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Pet Sounds featuring exclusive interviews with Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston; Mike, Al and Bruce share previously untold details about The Beach Boys' first tour of Japan; undisclosed details of the Pet Sounds sessions; a breakdown of highlights from Pet Sounds; and archival comments from Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson!

SUBSCRIBE today to be eligible for ESQ's upcoming giveaways. Recent giveaway items have included special Pet Sounds and "Good Vibrations" items; autographed books from Brian and Mike; and much more! Our subscriber giveaways will continue throughout 2017, and ESQ is the only Beach Boys-related outlet where you can win prizes just for being a subscriber. Follow ESQ on our Facebook page for giveaway announcements. All winners will be contacted directly once selected, and the news will be posted on ESQ's Facebook page.

A few reminders: Back issues (or sample issues) sometimes can take up to four to six weeks to ship because ESQ is—just like it has been since 1987—a small business.

If you renewed your subscription after receiving the Winter 2015 issue (#112), you will receive a renewal notice with the Winter 2016 issue (#116), of ESQ. If you renewed after receiving the Spring 2016 issue (#113), you will receive a renewal notice with the Spring 2016 issue (#117). In the upper right corner of the mailing label on your envelope you will see a single-digit number. That number reflects the number of issues remaining on your paid subscription after the issue you just received. A "0" (zero) indicates that your subscription expires with the current issue, and you should find a renewal slip inside your envelope. We hope that this clears up any misunderstanding as to when your subscription will expire, and as always, we thank you for your support of ESQ.

If your subscription has run out be sure to renew immediately, there will be lots of revealing and rare Beach Boys' history coming in 2017. Subscribers should also keep their eyes peeled for more up and coming giveaways. If you have any questions about the status of your subscription, direct them to Lee Dempsey @

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In Music, 
David Beard



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