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I Am Brian Wilson

The genius behind the Beach Boys

By Brian Wilson

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The long-awaited, candid, poetic memoir by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys - a journey deep into the mind of a musical genius.

They say there are no second acts in American lives, and third acts are almost unheard of. That's part of what makes Brian Wilson's story so astonishing.

As co-founder member of the Beach Boys in the 1960s, Wilson created some of the most groundbreaking and timeless popular music ever recorded. With intricate harmonies, symphonic structures, and wide-eyed lyrics that explored life's most transcendent joys and deepest sorrows, songs like 'In My Room', 'God Only Knows' and'Good Vibrations' forever expanded the possibilities of pop songwriting. Derailed in the 1970s by mental illness, drug use, and the shifting fortunes of the band, Wilson came back again and again over the next few decades, surviving and - finally - thriving. Now, for the first time, he weighs in on the sources of his creative inspiration and on his struggles, 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, who became a mesmerizing live artist, who forced himself to reckon with his own complex legacy and completedSmile, the legendary unfinished Beach Boys record that had become synonymous with both his genius and its destabilization. Today Brian Wilson is older, calmer, filled with perspective and forgiveness. Whether he's talking about his childhood, his bandmates, or his own inner demons, Wilson's story, told in his own voice and in his own way, unforgettably illuminates the man behind the music, working through the turbulence and discord to achieve, at last, a new harmony.

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  • ISBN: 9781444781335
  • Publication date: 11 Oct 2016
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: Coronet
All of it in Wilson's idiosyncratic voice...what a story! — Esquire
Surprisingly revealing and insightful memoir from the Beach Boys mastermind...Nearly every page opens up new windows into the mind of Brian Wilson. 4* — Mojo
Wilson and The Beach Boys' story has been told many times before and is one we may think we know, but it has never before been voiced with the clarity, honesty and insight on offer here. Surf's up. — Loud and Quiet Magazine
Beach Boy Brian Wilson's unflinching new autobiography ... it's quite a ride. — Daily Record
An accurate insight into the way his mind works — London Evening Standard
I Am Brian Wilson is a strange kind of surfing through the Beach Boy's interior life. Wilson dwells on the damage his violent dad did to his childhood without revealing the psychological consequence, except in the voice of a book that, though ghosted, sounds like his own. His genius, like all genius, he suggests is accidental. He was hit around the head by a lead pipe as a kid in a playground fight, and lost his hearing in one ear. After that, he always felt he had to tune in to experience as if trying to find a radio frequency. The Beach Boys' otherworldly sound, and the faltering attempts to locate its source in the deceptively simple sentences of this memoir, appear to be results of that distancing. — The Observer
An unflinchingly honest account — Choice Magazine
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