The Words and Music of Brian Wilson

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ABC-CLIO, 27. märts 2017 - 205 pages

The cofounder and central figure of one of America's most successful vocal groups, The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson is a standout artist with an astonishing volume of diverse work spanning over half a century that serves as testament to his creative output and influence on modern music. Today, Wilson stands as a survivor of life challenges stemming from substance abuse and mental illness and enjoys a revitalized career in which he continues to create new works and perform around the world to enthusiastic audiences in sold-out venues.

This unique book covers the breadth of Wilson's creative life as composer, producer, performer, and collaborator, not only as a Beach Boy, but also as a solo artist and collaborator with artists such as Jan and Dean, The Honeys, Spring, The Castells, and The Hondells. The book also surveys his less-examined work as a performer of the music of George Gershwin, of the songs from Disney films, and of children's books and movies. Because of its breadth, The Words and Music of Brian Wilson will appeal both to dedicated and casual fans alike of The Beach Boys and of Brian Wilson as well as to scholars in popular music and American studies.

 

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Contents

1 Lead Up Wind Up and Hits 19611964
1
2 Serious Art at the Top 19651966
27
3 SMiLE 19662011
57
4 An Intermittent Genius 19671973
77
5 Dr Landy Loves You 19741987
106
6 Landys ReturnLandys Exit 19881998
129
Interlude 19992004
149
7 Life after SMiLE 20042016
155
Postlude
169
Notes
171
Selected Bibliography
189
Index
193
About the Author
207
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About the author (2017)

Christian Matijas-Mecca is associate professor of dance and music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. His website regarding Brian Wilson is www.wilsonsingersongwriter.com.

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