I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir

By | November 30, 2017
I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir Author Brian Wilson
ISBN-10 0306823063
ISBN-13 9780306823060
Year 2016-10-11
Pages 312
Language English
Publisher Da Capo Press
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They say there are no second acts in American lives and third acts are almost unheard of That s part of what makes Brian Wilson s story so astonishing As a cofounding member of the Beach Boys in the 1960s Wilson created some of the most groundbreaking and timeless popular music ever recorded With intricate harmonies symphonic structures and wide eyed lyrics that explored life s most transcendent joys and deepest sorrows songs like In My Room God Only Knows and Good Vibrations forever expanded the possibilities of pop songwriting Derailed in the 1970s by mental illness drug use and the shifting fortunes of the band Wilson came back again and again over the next few decades surviving and finally thriving Now for the first time he weighs in on the sources of his creative inspiration and on his struggles the exhilarating highs and the debilitating lows I Am Brian Wilson reveals as never before the man who fought his way back to stability and creative relevance who became a mesmerizing live artist who forced himself to reckon with his own complex legacy and who finally completed Smile the legendary unfinished Beach Boys record that had become synonymous with both his genius and its destabilization Today Brian Wilson is older calmer and filled with perspective and forgiveness Whether he s talking about his childhood his bandmates or his own inner demons Wilson s story told in his own voice and in his own way unforgettably illuminates the man behind the music working through the turbulence and discord to achieve at last a new harmony

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