Mels: The True Story Of The World’s Most Famous Drive-In (Part 1)

Marking the 40th anniversary of the release of George Lucas's classic coming of age film, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, Deep Roots offers a history of MELS DRIVE-IN.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Swingin’ and A-Surfin’, All Summer Long

SUMMER BEACH PARTY offers 19 examples of the music featured in various Beach Party-style movies in the '60s. Not to worry--for every FRANKIE AVALON, there's two DICK DALES, or THE ASTRONAUTS, or JAN AND DEAN, or THE BEACH BOYS...
by David McGee
 

 

 

My Summer Romance: Laughter, Tears & Tenderness

MY SUMMER ROMANCE: LAUGHTER, TEARS & TENDERNESS in three stories and a poem about summer loves. Music by MEL CARTER, SPANKY & OUR GANG, et al.
by David McGee
 

 
 

American Graffiti @ 40: ‘…a final farewell to childhood dreams before reality steps in’

Saluting AMERICAN GRAFFITI on its 40th anniversary, we offer a view from the younger generation in the form of Australian THOMAS CALDWELL's smart take on the 1973 classic coming of age story.
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
 

 
 

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
 

 

 

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 (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
 

 
 

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
 

 
 

A Royal Sport

In 1907 JACK LONDON sailed to Hawaii in his ketch The Snark. His enthusiastic report on surfing, 'A ROYAL SPORT, rekindled interest in riding the waves in surfing's birthplace and launchied its modern era. Read it here.
by David McGee