The One True Gidget

From TheBluegrassSpecial.com archives, an exclusive interview with the real GIDGET, KATHY KOHNER, whose father turned his daughter's surfing exploits into a '50s cultural phenomenon in a series of best selling novels.
by David McGee
 

 
 

A Most Happy Fella Indeed

From TheBluegrassSpecial.com archives: an exclusive profile of JERRY KELLER, whose 1959 smash, 'HERE COMES SUMMER,' is a seasonal classic. That's not all he did.
by David McGee
 

 

 

My Summer Romance (2017 Edition)

Four reflections on summer romances come and gone, with music of a decidedly French twist by EDITH PIAF, JULIETTE GRECO, MELODY GARDOT and, au contraire, CAROLE KING
by David McGee
 

 
 

Surf in Verse (2017 Edition)

Our annual roundup of poetry inspired by the surfing experience and largely written by surfers. The spirituality of the natural world comes alive in verse. With musical interludes to boot.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Surf in Verse

Five choice poems by surfers about the spiritual experience of riding the waves, being at one with nature. Surf music interludes by DICK DALE, JAN AND DEAN, THE FOUR SEASONS, TAKESHI TERAUCHI & THE BUNNYS.
by David McGee
 

 
 

My Summer Romance (2016 Edition)

Four sweet reminiscences of summer romances, with music by Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Donovan, The Lovin' Spoonful, Charles Trenet, Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold--even Journey.
by David McGee
 

 

 
 

Summer Song

An offbeat playlist for season's end featuring THE DAKOTAS, THE DEL VIKINGS, THE CRESTS, THE PHAROS and THE SPOTNIKS. Surf's Up!
by David McGee
 

 
 

Surf in Verse (2015 Edition)

Poets extol surfing's physical and metaphysical joys. 'Illustrated' with surf classics by JACK NITZSCHE, THE MARKETTS, THE TORQUAYS, THE NEW DIMENSIONS & THE SHADOWS
by David McGee
 

 

 

In Trim: Bruce Brown’s Endless Epic

Writing for the defunct Longboard magazine in 2005, PAUL HOLMES captured the entire epic saga of the making of BRUCE BROWN's THE ENDLESS SUMMER, the greatest surfing film of them all.
by David McGee
 

 
 

My Summer Romance (2015 edition)

Four stories of seasonal love, with music provided by JOHNNY RIVERS, GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS, PERCY FAITH and words of love by SHAKESPEARE
by David McGee
 

 

 

Surf in Verse: Summer’s Last Ride

One last ride on the big waves, in verse, with a soundtrack featuring THE ASTRONAUTS, THE BEACH BOYS, THE G-MEN, THE CHANTAYS and vintage surfing footage by DR. DON JAMES. Plus the earliest known surfing poem, from 1911.
by David McGee
 

 
 

My Summer Romance

Our annual MY SUMMER ROMANCE feature spotlights four true first-person tales of love capturing unassuming hearts during the summer months (and sometimes beyond) in Hawaii.
by David McGee