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

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Rodale, Jun 26, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson, along with Mike Love and 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. Despite their utopian visions, infectious hooks, and stunning harmonies, the Beach Boys were beset by drug abuse, jealousy, and terrifying mental illness. 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 never-before heard studio recordings, Carlin follows the Beach Boys from their earliest days through Brian's deepening emotional problems to his triumphant re-emergence with the release of Smile, the legendarily unreleased album he had originally shelved.
  

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User Review  - fearless2012 - LibraryThing

It's biographical information about Brian and the Wilson brothers, a guide to obscure Beach Boys songs, and speculation about influences (Stephen And, believe me, it gets *obscure*. For while this ... Read full review

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User Review  - cappybear - LibraryThing

The book is the life story of the members of the Beach Boys in general, and Brian Wilson in particular. I can neither read music nor play an instrument, alas, but found the passages about how the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
32
Section 4
53
Section 5
68
Section 6
87
Section 7
107
Section 8
126
Section 15
150
Section 16
150
Section 17
165
Section 18
186
Section 19
203
Section 20
217
Section 21
233
Section 22
254

Section 9
147
Section 10
150
Section 11
150
Section 12
150
Section 13
150
Section 14
150
Section 23
274
Section 24
289
Section 25
308
Section 26
321
Section 27
323
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About the author (2007)

PETER AMES CARLIN's award-winning reportage on Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys has appeared in the New York Times, People, American Heritage, and the Portland Oregonian, where he is currently the newspaper's television critic.  Previously he was a senior writer for People in New York.

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