Inside the Music of Brian Wilson: The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys' Founding Genius

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Mar 19, 2007 - Music - 418 pages
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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson is, as author Phillip Lambert writes in the prologue "completely, and intensely, focused on the music of Brian Wilson, on the musical essence of his songs and the aesthetic value of his artistic achievements. It acknowledges the familiar biographical contexts of his songs, but it tells completely new stories about the birth and evolution of his musical ideas, identifying important musical trends in his work, heretofore undisclosed inter-song connections within his music, or between his music and that of others, and the nature and extent of his artistry. It aims not just to identify great songs, but to explain exactly what makes them so."

Lambert, a renowned musicologist, brings to this work to life with both his professional expertise and an infectious personal appreciation of the power of pop music. His clear, engaging tone and accessible writing style allows even a musically inexperienced reader to follow him as he traces Wilson's musical evolution, with a particular focus on the years leading up to the writing and recording of Pet Sounds and SMiLE, albums which many consider to be the masterpieces of his oeuvre. Inside the Music of Brian Wilson is the definitive book on Wilson's music and is essential reading for fans of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and great pop music.

Includes THREE amazing Appendixes:
Appendix 1: Brian Wilson Song Chronology*
Appendix 2: Four Freshmen Albums, 1955-1961
Appendix 3: Favorite Songs and Influences Through 1961
*The most complete song chronology ever published.
 

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"Wouldn't It Be Nice" to have detailed insight into the composition, arranging, and recording of the classic (and not-so-classic) songs of Beach Boy Brian Wilson? Lambert (music, Baruch Coll. & CUNY ... Read full review

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Contents

1 Awakenings
1
2 Surf Harmony
21
3 First Album
42
4 Surfin USA
60
5 Produced by Brian Wilson
75
6 Catching Waves
101
7 Fun Fun Fun
126
8 BeachBoysMania
147
11 Pet Sounds
222
12 American Gospel
253
13 A Cork on the Ocean
288
14 Love and Mercy
319
Brian Wilson Song Chronology
331
Four Freshmen Albums 19551961
379
Favorite Songs and Influences Through 1961
383
Sources
389

9 Please Let Me Wonder
174
10 Beach Boys 65
194

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Philip Lambert is Professor of Music at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a specialist on music of the twentieth century and has published widely on this subject in the fields of music theory and musicology. His previous book is The Music of Charles Ives.

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