Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece

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Omnibus Press, Mar 7, 2005 - Music - 256 pages
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Smile has become one of the most unavoidable legends of rock'n'roll folklore, and in this searching examination Domenic Priore presents the true story behind the album's 40-year conception.

Work on Smile began hot on the heels of the ground-breaking Pet Sounds, when Brian Wilson collaborated with Van Dyke Parks to create a 'musical story of America'. However, production would famously collapse under a tide of internal fighting, record business chicanery and Brian's own health problems.

In this unique account, Domenic Priore interviews all the main players and documents every aspect of the Smile experience, from its troubled inception to Wilson's brave attempt to finish what he started in 2005. The book includes detailed accounts of studio work, the triumphant live shows in Europe and the US, and a host of exclusive photos from photographer Guy Webster.
 

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Contents

Conflict Diversions And Deadlines
Heroes And Villains
Brother Records Vs Capitol Records
Vegatables
PART 3
A Bunt Instead Of A Grand Slam
The Beach Boys Go
An Underground Train

Good Good Good Good Vibrations
To Capture Lightning In A Bottle
Environmentalism On Tape
Surfs
Bringing It All Back Home
Epilogue
Afterword Notes Bibliography
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