From conception and composition to arrangement and production, Pet Sounds was the work of one extraordinary man. Embracing the rapidly advancing recording technology of the time, he expertly created an original studio sound that would inspire generations of listeners and musicians. Featuring a detailed track-by-track analysis of the songs and extensive interviews with key personalities, this unique book reveals the influences--musical, personal, and professional--that together created this groundbreaking album.
Wouldn't It Be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds #ad - Turning his back on the protest songs and folk rock of his contemporaries and even on the bright surf sound of his own creation, Brian Wilson reached deep within himself to make music that struck an emotional chord and touched people's souls.
I Am Brian Wilson: A MemoirDa Capo Press #ad - With intricate harmonies, and wide-eyed lyrics that explored life's most transcendent joys and deepest sorrows, symphonic structures, songs like "In My Room, " "God Only Knows, " and "Good Vibrations" forever expanded the possibilities of pop songwriting. Whether he's talking about his childhood, unforgettably illuminates the man behind the music, Wilson's story, at last, told in his own voice and in his own way, his bandmates, or his own inner demons, working through the turbulence and discord to achieve, a new harmony.
Now, he weighs in on the sources of his creative inspiration and on his struggles, for the first time, the exhilarating highs and the debilitating lows. I am brian wilson reveals as never before the man who fought his way back to stability and creative relevance, and who finally completed Smile, who became a mesmerizing live artist, who forced himself to reckon with his own complex legacy, the legendary unfinished Beach Boys record that had become synonymous with both his genius and its destabilization.
I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir #ad - They say there are no second acts in American lives, and third acts are almost unheard of. Derailed in the 1970s by mental illness, drug use, Wilson came back again and again over the next few decades, and the shifting fortunes of the band, surviving and-finally-thriving. Today brian wilson is older, calmer, and filled with perspective and forgiveness.
That's part of what makes Brian Wilson's story so astonishing. As a cofounding member of the beach Boys in the 1960s, Wilson created some of the most groundbreaking and timeless popular music ever recorded.
Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian WilsonRodale Books #ad - Despite their utopian visions, and stunning harmonies, jealousy, the Beach Boys were beset by drug abuse, infectious hooks, and terrifying mental illness. 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.
Now the subject of the movie love & mercy, 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, starring John Cusack! Brian, Carl, and their sun-and-surf sound captured the imagination of kids across the world.
Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson #ad - In catch a wave, one of popular music's most revered luminaries, Peter Ames Carlin pulls back the curtain on Brian Wilson, as well as its biggest mystery. 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.
Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece: The Official Story of Brian Wilson's Lost MasterpieceOmnibus Press #ad - 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. 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.
Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece: The Official Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece #ad - 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.
Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach BoyBlue Rider Press #ad - His partnership with brian has few equals in american pop music, though Mike has carved out a legacy of his own -- he co-wrote the lyrics to eleven of the twelve original Beach Boy songs that were top 10 hits while providing the lead vocals on ten of them. His own story has never been fully told, of how a sheet-metal apprentice became the quintessential front man for America's most successful rock band, singing in more than 5, 600 concerts in 26 countries.
Love describes the stories behind his lyrics for pop classics such as "good Vibrations, " "Surfin' USA, " and "Kokomo, Brian, Dennis, " "California Girls, " while providing vivid portraits of the turbulent lives of his three gifted cousins, and Carl Wilson. A husband, a father, and an avid environmentalist, Love has written a book that is as rich and layered as the Beach Boy harmonies themselves.
Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy #ad - The beach boys, from their california roots to their international fame, betrayal, are a unique American story -- one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, and forgiveness -- and Love is the only band member to be part of it each and every step.
. Mike love tells the story of his legendary, and ultimately triumphant five-decade career as the front man of The Beach Boys, raucous, the most popular American band in history -- timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of "Good Vibrations. The ebook edition includes 85 additional photos. As a founding member of the beach boys, and counting, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary fifty-five years, as the group's lead singer and one of its principal lyricists.
The band's unprecedented durability also provides a glimpse into America's changing cultural mores over the past half century, while Love himself has experienced both the diabolical and the divine -- from Charles Manson's "family" threatening his life to Maharishi instilling it with peace.
Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of RecordingChicago Review Press #ad - Featuring 100 photographs of frank sinatra working with orchestras and arrangers, listening to playbacks, of course, singing, and, this book tells the whole story of how he created the Sinatra sound and translated the most intense personal emotions into richly worked-out songs of unrivalled expressiveness.
Revealed is how, sinatra was also his own in-studio producer—personally supervising every aspect of his recordings, in addition to introducing and perfecting a unique vocal style, from choosing the songs and arrangers to making minute adjustments in microphone placement. One of the thrills of listening to sinatra is wondering how he did it—and this book explains it all, bringing the dedicated fan and the casual music lover alike into the recording studio to witness the fascinating working methods he introduced and mastered in his quest for recorded perfection.
Solid State: The Story of "Abbey Road" and the End of the BeatlesCornell University Press #ad - Solid state takes readers back to 1969 and into EMI's Abbey Road Studio, which boasted an advanced solid state transistor mixing desk. Womack focuses on the dynamics between john, who set aside for the most part the tensions and conflicts that had arisen on previous albums to create a work with an innovative and, and producer George Martin and his team of engineers, among some fans and critics, controversial studio-bound sound that prominently included the new Moog synthesizer, Ringo, George, Paul, among other novelties.
. A testament to the group's creativity and their producer's ingenuity, Solid State is required reading for all fans of the Beatles and the history of rock 'n' roll. Womack's colorful retelling of how this landmark album was written and recorded is a treat for fans of the Beatles. As womack shows, abbey road was the culmination of the instrumental skills, recording equipment, and artistic vision that the band and George Martin had developed since their early days in the same studio seven years earlier.
Solid State: The Story of "Abbey Road" and the End of the Beatles #ad - Abbey road introduced a number of new techniques and technologies to the Beatles' sound, and included "Come Together, " "Something, " and "Here Comes the Sun, " which all emerged as classics. Acclaimed beatles historian kenneth Womack offers the most definitive account yet of the writing, mixing, recording, and reception of Abbey Road.
In february 1969, the Beatles began working on what became their final album together.
The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds 33 1/3 Book 19Continuum #ad - More than a wonderful work that has easily withstood the test of time, taken together, Pet Sounds raises pop to the level of art through its musical sophistication and the precision of its statement which, celebrate the fulfillment of Brian Wilson's ambition. In this disarming book, jim fusilli focuses primarily on the emotional core of the album, on Brian Wilson's pitch-perfect cry of despair.
In doing so, he brings to life the search for equilibrium and acceptance that still gives Pet Sounds its heart almost four decades after its release. It has also been written about, pored over, and analyzed more than most other albums put together. Pet sounds is, rightly, one of the most celebrated pop albums ever released.
The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds 33 1/3 Book 19 #ad - . For all the ups and downs, the scandals and, its insight into the boundless mysteries of young love and how all its elements seem to coalesce to lay bare an insecure teen confronted by the uncertainties of adulthood, nothing can diminish the beauty of Pet Sounds – its sense of adventure, finally, the good times that are associated with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, a man who wishes life were as simple as he believed it once was.
Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys: The Songs That Tell Their StoryECW Press #ad - Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys: The Songs That Tell Their Story #ad - A vivid account . . . Filled with new interviews with music legends such as brian wilson, alan jardine, roger mcguinn, cameron crowe, randy bachman, bruce johnston, Alice Cooper, David Marks, Mike Love, this story of pop culture history both explores the darkness and difficulties with which the band struggled, John Sebastian, Lyle Lovett, Daniel Lanois, and commentary from a younger generation such as Matthew Sweet, and Zooey Deschanel, Carnie Wilson, Blondie Chaplin, and Al Kooper, and reminds us how their songs could make life feel like an endless summer.
Young and old fans alike will enjoy” Publishers Weekly. This book offer a unique journey through the beach Boys’ long, fascinating history by telling the stories behind fifty of the band’s greatest songs from the perspective of group members, fellow musicians, collaborators, and notable fans.
Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963McFarland #ad - Following the musical vision of brian wilson, the Beach Boys blended ethereal vocal harmonies, searing electric guitars and lush arrangements into one of the most distinctive sounds in the history of popular music. Drawing on original interviews and newly uncovered documents, this book untangles the band's convoluted early history and tells the story of how five boys from California formed America's greatest rock 'n' roll band.
Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961-1963 #ad - They were almost the pendletones--after the Pendleton wool shirts favored on chilly nights at the beach--then The Surfers, before being named The Beach Boys. But what separated them from every other teenage garage band with no musical training? They had raw talent, persistence and a wellspring of creativity that launched them on a legendary career now in its sixth decade.
Long Promised Road: Carl Wilson, Soul of The Beach Boys: The BiographyJawbone Press #ad - Drawing on new interviews with friends and colleagues, it provides a unique slant on one of rock’s most enduring family sagas. His electric lead lines ensured the fledgling vocal group were able to ride the surf music wave—before redefining it altogether. Later, he would sing lead on two of the most admired songs in rock history, ‘God Only Knows’ and ‘Good Vibrations.
Then, as brian succumbed to mental illness and Dennis pursued the path of self-destruction, Carl kept the fractious Beach Boys show on the road—literally—while increasingly taking the reins in the studio. Fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War, drugs, then battling his own problems with drink, he achieved peace, and marital breakdown, only to be diagnosed with a terminal illness.
In this wide-ranging and thoughtful book, Kent Crowley explores the life and career of the overlooked hero of the Beach Boys story. He would create a series of underrated albums, including two under his own name, and some wonderfully soulful songs. And all the while, carl was the supreme family man, sheltering Dennis from the wrath of Charles Manson and prising Brian from the clutches of Dr Eugene Landy.
Long Promised Road: Carl Wilson, Soul of The Beach Boys: The Biography #ad - Long promised road: carl wilson, soul of the Beach Boys tells the story of the youngest of the three Wilson brothers, a consummate musician and singer and a natural peacemaker. Robbed of a normal childhood by international stardom, Carl marked out his own territory by his devotion to the guitar, rock’n’roll, and rhythm & blues.