2020 Virtual Lecture Series

- Thursday September 24th at 6:30pm -

South Bay Surf Music from Westchester to Haggerty's, from 1960-1965

with Domenic Priore

Join the HBHS and our September speaker Domenic Priore to explore the history of surf music in the South Bay from 1960-1965.

In the wake of surfboards becoming lighter... from wood planks to polyurethane... Teenagers during the early 1960s had a great, big, beautiful tomorrow to look forward to in the South Bay of Los Angeles. The new popularity of surfing during the late '50 lead immediately into kids, just getting their chops together on guitars, saxophones and drums, to form bands to play at the dances where High School-aged surfers met. In 1961 just such a combo called The Belairs broke from Redondo Beach, first cramming the dance floors of beach town sock hops, and then on local radio in L.A. with their stock surf hit "Mr. Moto." Around only for three 45 r.p.m. records, the group splintered in 1962 with both guitarists and the drummer forming great, new bands (Eddie & the Showmen, The Challengers, P.J. & the Galaxies) and the rest continuing with a revamped version of the original format. As all this became more popular, other local kids like The Beach Boys, The Turtles (in those days called The Crossfires) and Surfer magazine comic artist Rick Griffin came to define something distinctly Californian, something that could only be referred to as legend. The interaction between these artists and the kids loyal to their in-town shows never really recognized that, because things were already so swingin' in their own back yard.

Lectures are held virtually as Zoom Webinars- spots will be limited.


We encourage you to register on Zoom to secure your reservation.


While our Lecture Series programming is free to attend, we would welcome a small donation to help support our efforts to continue our monthly programming virtually! 


Domenic Priore is a writer and television producer specializing in pop culture and music. He is the author of Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood (foreword by Arthur Lee of Love), Beatsville (with Martin McIntosh), Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film and Fashion From the Bohemian Surf Boom (with Brian Chidester) and Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece (with forewords by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks). As a result of that project, Domenic wrote the liner notes, sourced photographs and helped sequence the music for The Beach Boys: Smile Sessions box set (Capitol Records), which won the 2013 Grammy for Best Historical Album. He was also the main writer on the AMC documentaries Hollywood Rocks The Movies: The Early Years 1955-1970 (hosted by Ringo Starr) and Hollywood Rocks The Movies: The 1970s (hosted by David Bowie). A Los Angeles native, Priore has returned to SoCal after living in New York City and San Francisco.

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