Beach Boys: The Disney+ Documentary

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Surf’s Up: The Beach Boys Documentary Hits Disney+

This May, fans of sun-soaked melodies and harmonious vocals are in for a treat as The Beach Boys documentary makes its way to Disney+. Directed by the acclaimed Frank Marshall and Thom Zimny, this film promises an intimate look at one of pop music’s most influential groups. Here’s what you need to know about this eagerly awaited release.

Behind the Lens: A Duo of Directors

Frank Marshall, a name synonymous with Hollywood royalty, joins forces with Thom Zimny, known for his work on Springsteen on Broadway, to helm this project. Together, they aim to shed light on the Beach Boys’ enduring legacy, from their early days of crafting surf music anthems to becoming the soundtrack of a generation. The directors promise a deep dive into the group’s evolution, underscored by new interviews with the surviving members who made it all happen.

Star-Studded Interviews

The documentary is not just about the past; it’s a vibrant dialogue between the legends and the current stars they’ve influenced. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine share their stories, flanked by interviews with stars like Lindsey Buckingham and Janelle Monáe, illustrating the far-reaching impact of their music. Ryan Tedder and Don Was also contribute their insights, alongside former members David Marks and Bruce Johnston, making for a rich tapestry of perspectives.

A Treasure Trove of Beach Boys Goodies

Mark your calendars for May 24, not just for the documentary’s release but also for the official soundtrack, courtesy of Capitol/UMe. The celebration doesn’t stop there: vinyl enthusiasts can look forward to a reissue of the 1964 classic Shut Down, Vol. 2 on March 29.

Additionally, the comprehensive book The Beach Boys by the Beach Boys is set to hit shelves on April 2, offering fans an unprecedented look at the band’s storied history. Pre-order below (paid link):



In sum, this documentary is more than just a film; it’s a multimedia event that invites fans old and new to ride the wave of nostalgia and appreciation for The Beach Boys. As May 24 approaches, prepare to be transported back to the golden age of pop, where the harmonies were sweet, and the vibes were endlessly sunny.


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