Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece

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Sanctuary, 2005 - Music - 199 pages
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"Every art form has its holy grail, those elusive creations around which legends grow. For rock 'n' roll, The Beach Boys' album Smile heads that list. Work on the album began on the heels of the group's seminal Pet Sounds, when Brian Wilson teamed with Van Dyke Parks to make a 'musical story of America'. But the writing and recording process soon devolved into chaos, capsized by internal fighting and record business chicanery. Tantalizing bits of Smile - most notably 'Good Vibrations' - hit the airwaves, but the album, reviled by Beach Boys singer Mike Love as a document of 'Brian's madness', was shelved." "In Domenic Priore's new book, he interviews all the main players and documents every aspect of the Smile experience, from its inception in the 1960s to last year's release of Brian Wilson Presents Smile, his remarkable and brave attempt to finish what he started 40 years earlier. Featuring detailed accounts of studio work and the triumphant live shows in Europe and the US, exclusive photos from Smile-era photographer Guy Webster and forewords by Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, Priore's book is the last word on perhaps the finest album ever recorded."--BOOK JACKET.

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Review: SMiLE: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece

User Review  - keys - Goodreads

excellent read for anyone interested in the life and/or music of Brian Wilson. enlightened me on quite a few things that had been misrepresented in many Beach Boys films. great coverage of the creation of most of Brian's music not only Smile. Kill Mike Love. Read full review

Review: SMiLE: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece

User Review  - David Allen - Goodreads

I almost gave up on this on page 2 due to the writing, but I'm glad I didn't because there was worthwhile info and analysis about "Smile" and Beach Boy internal dynamics amidst the fanboy worship. Drugs only come up twice, briefly. Read full review


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