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I didn't actually read the book but I did just read that it's fake and not written by Brian. Glad I read that before I bothered.

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I just finished re-reading this book, having read it originally about five years ago. It isn't possible to talk about the book without reference to the controversy surrounding it. Many have said that once Eugene Landy enters the story (about midway through), the story loses its value. I don't agree. Even if Landy had substantial input into how it was written, the book gives a good idea of what Brian Wilson's life was like--his successes and demons. Brian was not able to exercise any self-discipline at the height of his drug addiction and self-destructive behavior. If Landy had not forced him away from the drugs, bad diet, and inability to function socially, he likely would have died years ago. The transformation in Brian that Landy brought about might have been improper in some respects, but it was effective. The proof is that Brian is still alive and well over 20 years later.
As a story of Brian's life, it isn't bad. And it's very readable--I could hardly put it down. Perhaps experts on Brian's life story can challenge portions of it, but the essence of it rings true. It's full of details that only Brian, or someone very close to him, would know. Reading this story gives a good picture of a great artist and his iconic band.
 

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