Catch A Wave

Catch A Wave

The Rise, Fall & Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson

Book - 2006
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A portrait of the American rock musician draws on dozens of sources and unreleased studio recordings to evaluate his cultural influence, struggles with depression, and return to the music scene with the release of his latest album, "Smile."

McMillan Palgrave

Now the subject of the movie Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack! Brian Wilson was the visionary behind America's most successful and influential rock band. And as the leader of the Beach Boys, he sold 100 million records, producedPet Sounds, and built a catalog of songs that continues to define the sound and feel of American popular music. He also became one of the culture's most mysterious and tragic figures. But after spending years lost in a wilderness of despair, Wilson has fought his way back to productivity. And now with teh release of Smile - the masterwork that nearly undid him - he has returned to music's center stage.

Now Peter Ames Carlin, who conducted in-depth, exclusive interviews with dozens of sources and listened to hundreds of hours of unreleased studio recordings and live music, tells a uniquely American story of the band, the music, and the culture the Beach Boys both sang about and helped create. Carlin brings a fan's passion, a seasoned journalist's objectivity, and a cultural critic's insight to his subject, and the result is a magesterial and authoritative account of the Beach Boys' visionary figure, who has emerged into a new era of creativity.



Blackwell North Amer
Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson, along with their cousin Mike Love, and childhood friend Al Jardine - better known as the Beach Boys - rocketed out of a working-class Los Angeles suburb in the early sixties, and their sun-and-surf sound captured the imagination of kids across the world. In a few short years, they rode the wave all the way to the top, standing with the Beatles as one of the world's biggest bands. Along the way, Brian Wilson redefined what was possible in rock 'n' roll. A virtuosic musician and songwriter, Wilson's genius was most evident in the studio - his experimental masterpieces, Pet Sounds and Smile, are among rock's finest achievements.
Despite their utopian visions, infectious hooks, and stunning harmonics, the Beach Boys were beset by abuse, jealousy, and terrifying mental illness. Now, in Catch a Wave, Peter Ames Carlin pulls back the curtain on Brian Wilson, one of popular music's most revered luminaries, as well as its biggest mystery.
Drawing on hundreds of interviews and access to never-before-heard studio recordings, Carlin follows the Beach Boys from their earliest days and explores their relationship with their demanding father, Murry, whose devotion to his children was curdled by his own insecurities. Carlin also charts the heartbreaking evolution of Brian's deepening emotional problems, which grew increasingly profound even as he was producing his greatest works.

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& Taylor

A portrait of the iconic American rock musician draws on dozens of sources and unreleased studio recordings to evaluate his cultural influence, struggles with depression, and return to the music scene with the release of his latest album, Smile. 75,000 first printing.
Brian Wilson was the visionary behind America's most successful and influential rock band. As the leader of the Beach Boys, he sold 100 million records and built a catalog of songs that continues to define the sound and feel of American popular music. He also became one of the culture's most mysterious and tragic figures--but after spending years lost in a wilderness of despair, Wilson has fought his way back to productivity. Now journalist Carlin, who conducted in-depth interviews with dozens of sourcesand listened to hundreds of hours of unreleased studio recordings and live music, tells a uniquely American story of the band, the music, and the culture the Beach Boys both sang about and helped create.--From publisher description.
Brian Wilson was the visionary behind America's most successful and influential rock band. As the leader of the Beach Boys, he sold 100 million records and built a catalog of songs that continues to define the sound and feel of American popular music. He also became one of the culture's most mysterious and tragic figures--but after spending years lost in a wilderness of despair, Wilson has fought his way back to productivity. Now journalist Carlin, who conducted in-depth interviews with dozens of sourcesand listened to hundreds of hours of unreleased studio recordings and live music, tells a uniquely American story of the band, the music, and the culture the Beach Boys both sang about and helped create.--From publisher description.A portrait of the American rock musician draws on dozens of sources and unreleased studio recordings to evaluate his cultural influence, struggles with depression, and return to the music scene with the release of his latest album, "Smile."

Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale, c2006
ISBN: 9781594863202
1594863202
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 Wilso-C
Characteristics: ix, 342 p. : ill

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lukasevansherman
Sep 28, 2017

"In this world I lock out all my worries and fears. In my room, in my room."
Serviceable biographer of Brian Wilson, the pop genius behind the Beach Boys. Wilson has written his own book, but this is a more objective look at Wilson's achievements, downfall, and eventual comeback. Few bands are more trapped in the nostalgia of their own music by the Beach Boys, who are shorthand for a unique California mix of sun, girls, cars, and boundless optimism. The casual Beach Boys fan will probably know that after Wilson made the great "Pet Sounds," he basically went crazy trying to top it with "Smile," the most legendary unfinished album in rock. This led to a decade plus descent into drugs, seclusion, and overeating, with occasional bursts of music. For a band so associated with happiness, they went through some bad crap, including the abusive Wilson father, an association with Charles Manson, and the manipulative shrink Elliott Landy, who ran Brian's life for years. It's all interesting, even if it's told in a rather bland and un-critical way. Wilson would have his redemption by essentially remaking "Smile" in the 00s, as well as releasing a box set with all of the material. If you didn't know, Mike Love is the worst. Check out the films "Love and Mercy" and "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times."

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VcrRocker
Jan 22, 2017

Certainly more detail than Brian Wilson's 2016 memoir - especially in the analysis of his song writing and recording techniques. I recommend this book before reading "I, Brian" or watching "Love and Mercy"....

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