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

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Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, Jun 26, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
Now the subject of the movie Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack!

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 Foster!). ................................ And ... 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


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17

Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 18

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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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