ESQ giveaway recipients react to receiving signed collectibles from Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys and share their love of the music

David,
When I received the autographed copy of The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra LP, I was very surprised, honored, and extremely happy. I didn’t think I had any chance of receiving such a rare Beach Boys collectible. I grew up in the small town of Rockport, MA, where I graduated high school with Nelson Bragg. Your readers will know him as the former percussionist of the Brian Wilson Band.

Jim Rich

I have been a lifelong fan of The Beach Boys since first hearing my older brother and sister play their records when I was very young. I inherited those Beach Boy records when my siblings moved out of the house. As I got older, I started buying new Beach Boy releases when they came out. The first New Beach Boy record that I bought was 15 Big Ones. I then started collecting all of the older records that I didn’t have. I now have a record collection that includes over 800 Beach Boys and related releases.

I have seen the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson live many times since my first Beach Boys concert at the Boston Garden in 1976. Like many fans, I am hoping for some kind of 60th-anniversary reunion concert or TV special. Soon after moving to Florida in 2001, I started a vocal duo called The Duke’s. We perform the music of the 1950s through to the 1970s including many Beach Boys songs. We have been performing at Old Town in Kissimmee Florida on a regular basis for over twenty years. I would like to thank you and ESQ as well as Brian, Mike Al, and Bruce for signing this great LP! It will always have a very special place in my collection.

Jim Rich
Lakeland, FL

Hi David,
I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when I found a package for me with an orange marble vinyl limited-edition of the Sounds of Summer record album. It has immediately become a cherished part of my already Beach Boys-centric record collection. Thanks, David! I love the magazine. Keep up the great work … and feel free to send me more stuff!
Love and Mercy,
Dennis W. Harber
Lee’s Summit, MO

David,
I came home to a package in the mail that completely surprised me. It was the Surfer Girl LP signed by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. It completely shocked me (in a positive way). I wasn’t expecting it and I absolutely love it. I was so moved to receive something like that. I don’t know what to say other than ‘thank you so much.’

But more importantly, I really want to thank you for the Endless Summer Quarterly. It’s such an amazing magazine. The care and love that goes into every issue really shines through. I wish every band I loved had something this informative produced with such passion. Between your magazine and the care that Mark Linett and Alan Boyd give to The Beach Boys catalog, fans may not realize how great we have it.

I love every issue I’ve ever seen, but I really love the ones that focus on the music. The sessionographies that Craig Slowinski and the whole team write up are something that fascinates me to no end. I can’t get enough of that stuff.

I also love that we get insight into all the members of the band, including David Marks, Blondie Chaplin & Ricky Fataar, who are often treated like an afterthought. And still, we get into the families and the other non-members like Billy Hinsche (whom we will all miss, and I guess can be thought of as family as well).

I’ve been such a huge Beach Boys fan for my entire life and the music has been a huge influence on my own music. To me, there is nothing more important than making sure great accurate information is available to fans and this magazine has provided this for so many years now.

Thank you,
Paul Gongola
Schaumburg, IL

Hi Paul,
Thank you for the note. I really love history; it’s always been my favorite subject. So, music history is something that I find fascinating particularly when it has a lasting effect on a culture. As you know, there are countless examples when/where Brian’s music with The Beach Boys altered the course of music. ESQ is always better when I have assistance from the likes of Craig and his team of researchers, Malcolm Searles, Andrew Doe, etc. As of next year, I will have been doing this for thirty years, and finding that I’m still learning about this group’s wonderful and often intriguing history.
In music,
David Beard

Hello David,
What a wonderful surprise to open my mail yesterday and find that I had been gifted an autographed copy of At My Piano. This CD is like a lullaby to my generation. Just sit back, close your eyes, and let the memories flow.

I send my thanks to you and all the staff at ESQ, and especially to Brian Wilson for giving us decades of beautiful music.
Sincerely,
Brenda Feeney
London, Ontario Canada

Hi David,
I couldn’t believe it when I found this awesome prize in my mailbox! I subscribed to ESQ because I wanted to be dialed in on the latest news and releases from America’s greatest band. My copy of Brian Wilson: At My Piano, signed by Brian, is the crown jewel of my collection. And I’ll always be grateful that Brian and Mike Love wrote a song about my town. Thank you, David, everyone at ESQ, and thank you, Brian!
Jeremy Bateman
Salt Lake City, UT

Hi David,
I just received the autographed Brian Wilson – At My Piano in the mail. Very, very much appreciated. As it happens, I was planning to buy the CD, but I couldn’t find it anywhere in Montreal, and I only like downloading books from Amazon. So, this will be a very treasured part of my collection, along with some CDs I had autographed by Brian in 2005 when he played Montreal on the Brian Wilson Presents Smile tour. Much thanks again and I will be ordering more ESQ!
Joel Goldenberg
Montreal, QC, Canada

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