My Life as a Beach Boy. The incredible story of The Beach Boys from founding member, lyricist and vocalist Mike Love. With 13 Gold Albums, 55 top-100 singles, and four No.1 hits, The Beach Boys are considered to be the most popular American band in history, and Mike Love has been the lead singer and one of its principal lyricists since its inception in 1961. Here the tells the unique story of his legendary, chaotic, and ultimately triumphant five-decade tenure as the front man of the band, from their Californian roots to international fame. The first and only genuine Beach Boys memoir.