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Beach Boys Brian Wilson Catch a Wave



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"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."--BOOK JACKET., Brian Wilson was the visionary behind Americas most successful and influential rock band. And as the leader of the Beach Boys, he sold 100 million records, produced Pet 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 cultures 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 the release of Smilethe masterwork that nearly undid himhe has returned to musics 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 fans passion, a seasoned journalists objectivity, and a cultural critics insight to his subject, and the result is a magisterial and authoritative account of the Beach Boys visionary figure, who has emerged into a new era of creativity.

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