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Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the "Beach Boys'" Brian Wilson (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. August 2007


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The Beach Boys in Peter Arnes Carlin's Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of Brian Wilson (Rodale Press): Great evocations of a great musician and the pop group he built, via great prose: ''As in our fantasies of America, what matters about a person in a Beach Boys song has nothing to do with who he or she is, and everything to do with the strength of their ambition and the things he or she chooses to do with it. This same message plays out across all cultural and racial lines in 'Surfin USA,' and it's just as vivid in 'The Girls on the Beach,' where, as they repeat in the chorus, the young lovelies are 'all within reach.' That promise" extended in the warm, jazzy harmonies Brian cribbed from the Four Freshmen, who found them in the big band arrangements of Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington had as much to do with social opportunity as sex. (Entertainment Weekly)

Fans will be picking up excitations aplenty from Catch a Wave, this absorbing treatment of Brian Wilson. The Beach Boys' auteur couldn't live with authority figures or without 'em" his abusive dad/manager, his hit-crazed brothers and cousins, or his controlling therapist. ''If he'd used his music to escape his father,'' Peter Ames Carlin writes, success ''transformed everyone around him into a legion of Murrys... [all reiterating] his father's insults. Nobody wants to hear this crap! Dust yourself off and write another hit!'' Ultimately, the exhumed SMiLE was a hit" almost 40 years later" though bandmate Mike Love would still rather get litigious than lavish praise on pop's patron saint of lost boys. Grade: A (Entertainment Weekly) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Brian, Carl, 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, and their sun-and-surf sound captured the imagination of kids across the world. 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.Despite their utopian visions, infectious hooks, and stunning harmonies, the Beach Boys were beset by drug abuse, jealousy, and terrifying mental illness. In "Cath a Wave", Peter Ames Carlin pulls back the curtain on Brian Wilson, one of popular music's most revered luminaries, as well as its biggest mystery. 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.

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Catch A Perfect Book 2. August 2006
Von SUMMER - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a beautifully written book about a highly gifted artist. When I had to put "Catch A Wave" down to get some work done, I'd put on whatever Beach Boy song I had been reading about while I worked, including "Pet Sounds Sessions." I also felt complelled to listened to my old Three Dog Night Album not knowing why until I read page 130. Along with the insight into Brian's life, this book stirred up a lot of memories, creative juices and deep intuition. Thank you Peter Ames Carlin for a great read on my favorite musician and for the energy of Catch A Wave.
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Less than expected 9. Januar 2007
Von Jeffrey A. Sherman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am a big fan of the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. I had listened to Peter Carlin discuss the book with Bob Edwards on XMPR radio and thought it sounded really interesting (particularly his discussion of his meetings with The Wondermints and the creation of the Smile CD two years ago) despite the fact that so much has already been written about Brian.

On the pro side, I thought this was a very well-written book that carries the reader along quickly and enjoyably. Carlin has taken a clear-headed approach and avoids getting mired in the grotesque stories of Murray Wilson's alleged abuse (though he doesn't stray from discussions of Murray either). Further, although I suspect Mike Love might disagree, I think he gives the reader a fair amount of insight in to the frustrations that the other members of the band may have experienced in dealing with Brian after he stopped touring (and especially from Pet Sounds on) and how that impacted their relationships.

However, on the con side: I think the book really doesn't spend nearly enough time detailing the "Fall, and Redemption" of Brian. Though he mentions some incidents on airplanes in the early/mid 1960s, the bizarre behavior in the decades thereafter, and some of the behavior of "Dr." Landy, I don't feel like it was detailed enough for me to get much insight into what caused the breakdowns and fall (and what the fall really entailed) and whether the redemption was truly a redemption (his descriptions of a waxy Brian performing make me question whether he has returned to health).

Further, although I appreciate Carlin's skeptical eye regarding past Beach Boys biographies, interviews and other writings, I feel like the book is somewhat too reliant on them and that there are too few new revelations in the reporting.

I recognize that it is difficult to encapsulate an approximately 45 year career and 60 year life into 300 pages, but I feel like the net result was less meaty than I had hoped.
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Don't sue me! 12. November 2006
Von P. Bryant - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Beach Boys fans read this excellent book at their peril. There are a very few good vibrations in the story of Brian Wilson and his group, but there's no shortage of extremely bad vibrations. By the end of the book you may feel you're heartily sick of each and every drug-addled, money-obsessed, talentless washed-out Beach Boy with the exception of Brian himself. These days they're a living, breathing embarrassment. They sue each other perpetually, and Al Jardine and Mike Love now tour America with rival bands claiming to be the Beach Boys.

Pity rich pop star Brian Wilson. First he was bullied and humiliated by his father, the repulsive Murray Wilson. Later he was bullied and harrassed by Mike Love. Years after that he was taken prisoner by a deranged psychiatrist who bullied him 24 hours a day. What all these people wanted was - more hit songs! More! Another million seller! Now!

The exhilaration of making hit record after hit record quickly became a relentless treadmill. Brian was the sole creative force in the group. By the age of 22 he was composer, lead singer, bass player, arranger and producer. After two years of that he had his first breakdown and quit touring. The wave crested in 1965 when everything was working out - they'd fired Murray as manager, Brian stayed home and wrote more hits and the group toured. But then he began to change. Within three years there was "Pet Sounds", the still astonishing single "Good Vibrations", and then the disaster of "Smile", Brian's increasing psychological problems, and by 1968 the Beach Boys were pulling crowds of 200, hopelessly out of fashion. The 1960s was a very fast decade.

During the next 20 years (!) Brian was not a functioning human being. His colossal intake of drugs and food was in inverse proportion to his tiny output of songs. The whole sorry saga makes for gruesome reading. "As Carnie remembers, her father began most of his days with a dozen eggs and an entire loaf of bread" and for dinner "he'd eat his entire steak in two bites". From the late 60s to the mid-80s the other Beach Boys were perpetually dancing around trying to get Brian to lay more golden eggs for them. They tried anything they could think of, including tough love (pretending to fire him from the group). They ended up hiring a 24-hour-a-day showbiz psychiatrist to rescue him, Dr Eugene Landy. And before you could say "medical ethics" Brian had started writing songs again but they were credited to "Wilson/Landy". So the Beach Boys sued the psychiatrist.

The grim story does have a kind of happy ending though - after trudging through this (always well-written and readable) catalogue of unhappiness we arrive at the year 2001 when Brian, now married to Melinda Ledbetter (who sounds like one of the few really nice people in the whole book), finally - 34 years later! - finishes "Smile" and even performs it live on stage to universal acclaim. As you finish the book you think "Enough - I don't ever want to read another word about these horrible people or about poor tormented Brian - I just want to listen to their beautiful music". And in some ways I'm sorry I did read this book. It's strange to admire the Beach Boys' great mass of brilliant music so much but to dislike them all as human beings, except Brian of course. You don't dislike him, but you do pity him. I don't believe the author intended to perform hatchet jobs on all these people, he just let the awful facts speak for themselves. And now I'm hoping the remaining Beach Boys won't sue me for this review.
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Rewriting History 12. Mai 2010
Von Tyler Jones - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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What makes this particular biography unique is the fact that it was written with the consent and participation of Brian Wilson. Trying, as it would seem, to set the record straight, or at least correct some of the falsehoods perpetuated by his physician/guru Eugene Landy, who purportedly had a very strong influence on "Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story."

Peter Ames Carlin explores the history of the Beach Boys through their leader (at least for the first decade) and he writes as an obvious fan of the group and their music.

In writing of Brian's gradual coming apart, he give amples time and space to the other members of the group, who in Brian's absence, continued to write and record some of the Beach Boys best and most creative albums. Yes, "Pet Sounds" is a masterpiece, but what about "Sunflower," "Friends," "20/20?" These albums stand on their own as fantastic contributions to the world of music.

Mental illness is a grey area, and thankfully, Carlin doesn't put Brian on the couch and try to dissect why he is the way he is. Of course, Brian's relationship with his father, his wife, and the other band members is looked at, but Carlin doesn't attempt to explain away what is essentially a state of being, a creative mind that buckled under the weight of the world.

I haven't read any other Beach Boy or Brian Wilson biographies, so I can't compare or judge based on what isn't here. On it's own, this book provides an extremely insightful look at one musical genius and the history of the Beach Boys through that lens.

Obviously, for any fan of the group, for anyone who truly appreciates the Beach Boys legacy and not just their "fun in the sun" albums, this is a great book.
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The Rise, Fall, Redemption and Death of the Beach Boys 13. August 2006
Von Michael J. Peterson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
If you are reading this review, you have probably already read Tim White, Brian, Priore, Paul Williams, Tobler, Granata, and anything else you can get your hands on about our hero, Brian Wilson, and are wondering if anything new could help you get inside his life and times. Well, don't hesitate, buy this book. Not only do you get new details on the final redemption story climaxing in Smile, Carlin's interviews with scores of participants fill in lots of white space in the old familiar tales. More importantly he provides a unique perspective on the music and all of the major turning points in the Beach Boys' career, allowing you to understand why Brian has triumphed, while Mike and AL are bitter old farts who think they got screwed. The new standard in Beach Boys history.
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