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Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the "Beach Boys'" Brian Wilson (Anglais) Relié – 16 juin 2006

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good, but almost.... 1 octobre 2014
Par The Magic Christian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Almost? Biographies on Brian Wilson cover the gamut of dubious (Wilson's 1991 autobiography), to fan-based (David Leaf's thorough, but subjective volumes), to cultural-studies-lite (Timothy White's "Nearest Faraway Place"), to theoretical (Philip Lambert's book is less a bio on the man than an analytical survey of the Wilson's music). P.A. Carlin is a journalist and his writing style is the read-and-digest style you'd expect. He provides a good narrative, but he doesn't reference anything. These stories have been told by other people, printed in other sources, and have been part of the many urban legends around Wilson and the band, so I wish he would have provided references since readers of his book would likely have been familiar with the majority of these tales, and as one of those fans, it would be nice to see where e or y story originated. It's good to have the story placed in as objective a frame as is possible. and I'd like to see a second edition follow up with the works released since it's original publication (The SMiLE Sessions, the BB 50th anniversary album and tour, the Disney and Gershwin albums).
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Brian; And Then Some 14 octobre 2014
Par Larry D - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've been a Beach Boys fan most of my life. As an L.A. native born in the late 1950s, their surf and car songs were part of the soundtrack of my childhood. The Beach Boys playlist on my iPod is hours long. I have collected bootleg "Smile" tapes and singles by The Honeys. The fact that Brian Wilson went haywire, and that Mike Love became a fat bitter old conservative, mean little to me. What matters is the music: that amazing stop-time on "I got the pink slip, Daddy"; Carl's angelic tenor on "God Only Knows"; pretty much everything about "Good Vibrations", "I Can Hear Music", and "Sail On Sailor". So, when I describe Catch A Wave as exhaustive and at times nearly exhausting, note that I don't sort of like the Beach Boys - I am a diehard. And even for a diehard, Catch A Wave is a lot of material, covering the history of the Wilson and Love families, practically back to covered wagons; the story of the band itself (both as a music making entity and as a lawsuit machine) in painstaking detail; and Brian Wilson's personal saga, practically from the womb and almost one day to the next. It is clearly well researched and obviously a labor of great love and respect (so much so that I sometimes wondered if the author might have been just a tad too close to the subject - this story has but one hero, and an awful lot of villains). Oh, I enjoyed Catch A Wave, and I read it all; but sometimes it seemed like too much information.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It was OK, see the review 18 juillet 2015
Par Howard Schulman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As with many other people now reading about the life of Brian Wilson, the movie "Love and Mercy", which just came out, sparked my interest. The movie practically ignores the rise of the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson, and focuses on Brian's later on relationship with Melinda Ledbetter and his battles with Dr. Landy, as well as the Pet Sounds and Smile years. I was hoping to fill in the gaps, as well as get the facts.

In this aspect the book was good. In the movie Dr. Landy was portrayed as totally evil, but in the book it is clear that Landy saved Wilson's life, getting him off drugs and getting him to lose over 100 pounds and back writing music, when all other options had failed. It was also interesting to read about the rise of the Beach Boys. Brian's father Murry was similarly portrayed entirely evil in the movie, but, again, it is clear that the Wilson brothers' interest in singing came through their father's interest and at least early on, Murry, as their manager, fought tooth and nail for his sons' musical career.

Although this book is possibly the best book out there on Brian Wilson, while I was reading it there was just something that left a bad taste in my mouth that I had a hard time identifying, until later on in the book: Carlin's tone throughout the book is almost as if he is part of the Brian Wilson media promotion. Supposedly, Carlin is an independent newspaper reporter who followed Brian Wilson for a while before writing this book, but, honestly, aside from Wilson's remake of Smile in 2004, most of Wilson's musical output after 1967 is pretty darn mediocre, and if weren't for his past greatness, I'm not sure many people could bare listening to more than a song or two....but you wouldn't know this by the way Carlin writes.

A review of another book on Brian Wilson slams that book because all it talks about is the endless infighting and internecine lawsuits. Carlin's book goes light on the lawsuits, but certainly at least gives us the minimum without making the lawsuits the majority of the writing.

If you get a chance make sure to see some online video's of Brian Wilson talking and being interviewed to get a better idea of how mentally "damaged" he is. Diane Sawyer interviewed him and Dr. Landy in 1991. You've got to see this. The actor in the movie did a great job, but there's nothing like seeing Dr. Evil himself.

Lastly, before you read this book, buy a copy of "Brian Wilson Presents Smile" or the 1967 "Smile Sessions". Your life will never be the same.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Heady and heavy 30 décembre 2015
Par Len - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Quite a psycho-social treatment of an American icon and his highs and lows in creating music that truly reflects the growth and chaos surviving the sixties. Genius is combined with madness within this complex man of music.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 OK 23 avril 2016
Par Walt Northrup - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For me, way to much explanation of each album and why Brian wrote the words, etc. I was really more interested in Brian's life both with and after the Beach Boys. That's in there, but I did not like wading through all the minutia about the albums. This is probably just personal preference, I guess.
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