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Catch a Wave The Rise Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson

Catch a Wave The Rise Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read Catch a Wave The Rise Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson S and live music tells a uniuely 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. The title suggests a well organized read is at hand I was disappointed in the fact that the writing was rather poor and hard to wade through The saving grace was the story of reviving the SMiLE sessions Redemption indeed

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Catch a Wave The Rise Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read Catch a Wave The Rise Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson 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 stageNow Peter Ames Carlin who conducted in depth exclusive interviews with dozens of sources and listened to hundreds of hours of unreleased studio recording. As a lifelong Beach Boys fan who has always been fascinated by the life of Brian Wilson I was highly interested in the subject matter of this book But although Brian Wilson s life does indeed make an extraordinary story this book manages to be a tedious read It s poorly written and the author is so blinded by adoration for his idol that he glosses over everything that may reflect badly on Brian The long passages that describe music are kind of pointless unless you ve heard all the songs and are actually listening to them as you read

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Catch a Wave The Rise Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Characters Ô PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read Catch a Wave The Rise Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson 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 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 culture's most mysterious. I saw the Beach Boys in 1976 In fact I saw two of them Mike Love and Carl Wilson up close That summer the Rolling Stones and Beach Boys played within about a week of each other at the Capitol Center in Landover Maryland As the Stones concert was ending Love and Wilson came down from their seats probably a sky box and stood at an exit close to where I was sitting I had seen their band play about a week before and truth be told big Stones fan that I am when it came to singing the Beach Boys put on a better live show The main reason being that Jagger s voice not the greatest live instrument in the first place was shot while the Beach Boys were all clear as a bell I also had the added benefit of seeing the very iffy Brian Wilson who at that time was a hulking figure behind a piano I think he played about three songs At that time the Beach Boys were still trying to make it as a viable creative band I think not too long after this tour or maybe even during it they released 15 Big Ones which I thought kind of sucked On the cover of that album there was Brian again being rolled out as the center of the band Maybe but he was at best according to author Peter Ames Carlin a disinterested and fragile center What in fact was keeping the band going was the country s slide into nostalgia as it benefitted from new exposure in the soundtrack for American Graffitti their own outstanding greatest hits album Endless Summer and later the Reagan and Fonzie years But when it came to new albums the Beach Boys just couldn t seem to get out of the middle 50s on the charts People wanted the old hitsThe band would eventually cave to this reality and by the mid 80s they had become according to Carlin an act that was little than self parody To watch the Beach Boys perform now chauffeured across baseball infields in woody station wagons performing on stages crowded with unironic surfboards and of them dressed in clothes that had come to resemble an eccentric cross between high school letterman s garb and geriatric leisure wear was to see a group of musicians who no longer had any idea what their songs meant or why they were still so important to the people who came to hear them sing p 250Carlin to his credit does remember and he does an admirable job in 300 or pages recounting a story that probably needs over a thousand pages to tell I was at first surprised at how things started out with Carlin going back to the Wilson s and Love s grandparents time around the turn of the century For a few pages there I found myself recalling The Grapes of Wrath as these transplants from the mid West made a go of it in California living initially in tents working and drinking hard and yet finding some relief in sing alongs around the fireJump forward to the Eisenhower years with the post war boom really taking off At this point the Wilsons were a typical blue collar suburban family but one that retained a love of music as the patriarch of the bunch Murry who worked at Goodyear would dabble in music writing Murry was abusive and controlling but he also could see there was something unusual when it came to music about his oldest child Brian He also may have contributed due to a blow to the 6 year old s head to Brian s deafness in his left earBy the time Brian was out of high school he showed every sign of being a prodigy The band originally constructed as a family affair by Murry would turn out hit after hit They even to some extent weathered the Beatles storm once it arrived Part of the reason for this was they were than a surf band at least that s how Brian thought of them Brian liked what the Beatles were doing and as result dropped the surf formula of cars and girls for something complicated and beautiful Pet Sounds which to my mind stands shoulder to shoulder with Sgt Pepper The other members of the band were uncomfortable with the effort thinking it a bit weird straying off the Beach Boy message But it was with this effort one where Brian still retained enough control of the band where we hear his genius on full album length display Carlin does an excellent analysis of album even making a strong argument that I totally agree with for the necessity of Sloop John B Sadly and it s only 1966 this would be the high water mark for Beach Boys albums As much as Brian admired the Beatles thinking they were showing him new possibilities with his own music it was Wilson that probably showed the Beatles which way to go since Pet Sounds preceded Sgt Pepper The Beatles were in awe of Pet Sounds Once the Beatles released Sgt Pepper Brian seemed to feel he had to answer with yet another masterpiece which lead to the Smile album effort This was the end The band was pulling in one commercial direction Brian creatively wanted to go in another And then there was the late 1960s with drugs drugs drugs becoming the new Fun Fun Fun Brian essentially suffered a nervous breakdown as the Smile effort was shelved on the eve of its releaseWhat follows next with still over half the book to go are Brian s ups and mostly downs His weight would balloon up over 300 pounds lots of drugs lots of food binges while only occasionally dabbling with music for a band he no longer seemed to like The other members of the band would struggle on with their own problems Dennis would meet the Manson family and even join in an orgy with the Manson chicks Love would keep getting married Carl would become an alcoholic and Murry would rage over being cut out from managing the band This all gets to be pretty sordid stuff that can match the Stones the Doors or the late Elvis in rock and roll decadence any day The low point I thought was when the drunken Dennis Wilson introduced Mike Love to his new girlfriend who just happened to be Love s illegitimate child Wilson was trolling for yet another fistfight with Love who is a major dick himselfThroughout this story Carlin dutifully covers each album which is perhaps overkill and weighs the merits of the songs most of which I find second rate compared to those shimmering pre 1969 efforts Carlin tries to make this a triumphant story with Brian Wilson eventually recovering On a personal front this may be true but I don t think the music those Good Vibrations has never come back in uite the same way

  • Hardcover
  • 342
  • Catch a Wave The Rise Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson
  • Peter Ames Carlin
  • English
  • 09 November 2020
  • 9781594863202