Crime Behind the Scenes of Beach Boys Frontman Mike Love's Memoir, 'Good Vibrations' The Beach Boys' Mike Love's new memoir Good Vibrations is due out Sept. 13 By Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble is a Senior Digital News Editor and the Sports Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She's worked at PEOPLE for over seven years as a writer, reporter and editor across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Super Bowl to the Met Gala. She's been nominated for the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30, and previously wrote for Us Weekly while on staff at Wenner Media. People Editorial Guidelines and Johnny Dodd Johnny Dodd Instagram Twitter Senior Staff Writer, PEOPLEJohnny Dodd is a senior writer at PEOPLE, who primarily focuses on human interest, crime and sports stories. For more than two decades he has covered some of pop culture's biggest, most-tragic and most-talked-about stories—and interviewed a staggering assortment of A-list celebrities, extraordinary everyday people, thugs and even the occasional heroic family pet. Johnny has appeared on "The Today Show," "CNN," "Extra!" and numerous episodes of Investigation Discovery's "PEOPLE Magazine Investigates." He has also written three non-fiction books that have been translated into numerous foreign languages. Johnny's work over the years has earned over a dozen regional and national journalism awards, including a Hearst Fellowship. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 31, 2016 09:05 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns More than five decades after forming as a band, the Beach Boys are still having fun, fun, fun. Frontman Mike Love tells PEOPLE that he hasn’t lost “sight of the overwhelming positivity of [the band’s] music,” even after countless performances and more than 100 million records sold. But touching the hearts, and ears, of a new generation doesn’t overshadow dark days from the band’s past – details that Love shares in his upcoming memoir, Good Vibrations, which is excerpted exclusively in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. In an exclusive trailer for the book, the father of eight says of his time in the spotlight, “I’m a person who believes that anything is possible.” Love joined his cousins Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson and high school pal Al Jardine to create the Beach Boys in 1961. In Good Vibrations, he reveals that various bandmates battled drugs and personal demons. For more from Mike Love’s memoir, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. Namely, the 75-year-old says that Dennis forged a friendship with ex-con and commune leader Charles Manson ahead of the latter’s brutal August 1969 killing spree. Dennis, who drowned in Marina del Rey, California, on Dec. 28, 1983, had allowed Manson into his life and home, says Love. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. In fact, one of the bands’ songs – “Never Learn Not to Love,” released on the B-side of a 45 in 1969 – was actually originally penned by Manson under a different name and tweaked by Dennis, who Love writes was inexplicably under the murderer’s spell. Their relationship ultimately fell apart, and Dennis felt lasting guilt for the association, Love says. Despite ties to one of American history’s darkest moments, Love tells PEOPLE, “We’ve had our ups and downs but our music has always transcended the negatives and the hardships.” That’s a message Good Vibrations conveys. From the early days and Pet Sounds to late-’80s hits like “Kokomo,” Love’s memoir covers all aspects of his life. As Love says in the book trailer, “I guess if you can make up songs out of the air and eventually stand in front of a half million people and have people give you a standing ovation before you do anything, then your vision of reality and possibility is different than maybe a lot of people.” Good Vibrations will be available for purchase on Sept. 13.