I Am Brian Wilson

A Memoir
CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: BN10401
Released: Nov 01, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781522637707
Narrator/s: Fred Berman
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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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 a cofounding 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 who finally completed Smile, the legendary unfinished Beach Boys record that had become synonymous with both his genius and its destabilization. Today Brian Wilson is older, calmer, and 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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Product Number EB00700253
Released: Mar 15, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: #9780306902260

Professional reviews

"Everyone loves the Beach Boys. Narrator Fred Berman steps into band leader Brian Wilson's skin to perform this memoir so perfectly that it's like hearing Wilson himself. Berman explains that the man responsible for such incredible music did so through much personal pain. The undercurrent of the audiobook is the mental illness that Wilson has dealt with his entire life. Berman is fully convincing in his portrayal of Wilson, especially when he talks about coming to accept the voices he hears in his head. The music that Wilson produces is torn from him, sometimes painfully, but it has to come out. And then there's this quote: "Any minute I spent performing "Good Vibrations" is a minute I feel spiritually home." So say we all. It's a shame there's no music in the production. M.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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