The Beach Boys

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Is Looking for a Librarian

Libraries have long played an important role in rock 'n' roll consciousness, as in the Tears for Fears video for
Libraries have long played an important role in rock ‘n’ roll consciousness, as in the Tears for Fears video for “Head Over Heels.”

“Well she got her daddy’s car and she cruised through the hamburger stand now,” the Beach Boys sing in their 1964 hit “Fun Fun Fun.” “Seems like she forgot all about the library like she told her old man now.”

If you love this song, but do not relate…

When Chuck Berry Became a Beach Boy

A copyright is supposed to protect a creator’s intellectual property and ensure that the copyright holder’s work isn’t nefariously misappropriated. However, as anyone who has fond memories of Napster circa 2000 knows, they don’t always work so well. Not all copyright battles are Metallica-initiated, though.

If you think the wholesale pilfering of songs began when Vanilla Ice swiped the bass line from David Bowie and Queen’s song “Under Pressure” for “Ice, Ice Baby,” think again. Far more revered artists have given in to the temptation to lift more than a chord or two. Take, for instance, The Beach Boys’s classic anthem “Surfin’ USA.”

The 1963 hit single listed Beach Boy Brian Wilson as the sole composer of the track, but the melody was…