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

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Rodale, Jul 25, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 342 pages
Brian Wilson was the visionary behind America's most successful and influential rock band. And as the leader of the Beach Boys, he sold 100 million records, produced Pet Sounds, and built a catalog of songs that continues to define the sound and feel of American popular music. He also became one of the culture's most mysterious and tragic figures. But after spending years lost in a wilderness of despair, Wilson has fought his way back to productivity. And now with teh release of Smile - the masterwork that nearly undid him - he has returned to music's center stage.

Now Peter Ames Carlin, who conducted in-depth, exclusive interviews with dozens of sources and listened to hundreds of hours of unreleased studio recordings and live music, tells a uniquely American story of the band, the music, and the culture the Beach Boys both sang about and helped create. Carlin brings a fan's passion, a seasoned journalist's objectivity, and a cultural critic's insight to his subject, and the result is a magesterial and authoritative account of the Beach Boys' visionary figure, who has emerged into a new era of creativity.

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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

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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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