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Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson [Paperback]

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Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.08 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 26, 2007
Publisher   Rodale Books
ISBN  1594867496  
EAN  9781594867491  

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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 "Catch 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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PETER AMES CARLIN's award-winning reportage on Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys has appeared in the "New York Times," "People," "American Heritage," and the "Portland Oregonian," where he is currently the newspaper's television critic. Previously he was a senior writer for "People" in New York.

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Four Stars For Research  Sep 24, 2008
This is a great book for those who are die hard Beach Boy and Brian Wilson fans because it's musical aspects are so thoroughly researched. Sadly, it just became to bogged down on those aspects and really never delved deeply enough into the total downfall and redemption of Brian Wilson. I was expecting so much more on the "Landry" portion of Wilson's life, and this book didn't reveal anything I didn't already know.
Don't be afraid to read the greatest book around.  Mar 12, 2008
I read this book after David Marks' autobiography and I realized that Brian's book did not mention anything about David Marks being in the Beach Boys. I think there were 2-3 lines in the book talking about him. Yes, I know this is about Brian but when the author gave a background check on the Beach Boys it seemed like David was left out. This book is really interesting and I think it shows Brian perfectly at every stage in life. Sad how he gets treated most of the time, but he always comes back. Next I will read up on Dennis, but this book is simply amazing. Fitting all the years of his life in the 300+ page book was very hard but it goes through so much detail I am shocked Brian did not write this himself. I would grab this book over the book Brian wrote because those were during Landy times.
Beach Boy fan's delight  Jul 28, 2007
This book adds more information to the saga of the legendary Beach Boys, Brian Wilson's angst and the constant push-pull between his creativity and the economic needs of the band and music industry. There are some surprising insights here that haven't been captured in any of the previous Beach Boys chronicles. Having attended some of the mid-70s Beach Boys comeback concerts, I can say they were just as thrilling as Carlin denotes. I enjoyed this book.
Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson  Jul 18, 2007
I have to note that I am not a Beach Boys fan. I grew up listening to their music. I even know the words to quite a few of their songs. However, before reading this book, I didn't even know the names of the band members or have a clue about any of the band or band member's history.

My lack of intimate knowledge and fanaticism probably greatly reduced the enjoyment of this book for me. During the first few chapters of the book, I felt like I had walked in on a conversation part way through. I had no idea about the significance of the song Smile. By the end of the book, I did understand what the author had been talking about but at the time I was completely lost.

Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall & Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson is extremely detailed. Fans of The Beach Boys and of Brian Wilson will find this aspect extremely appealing. However, I think I probably would have done better with a less extensive biography. All the details were a little overwhelming, and because I didn't understand how these little things tied into the big picture, I found the material rather dry.
Summer Star Worship Fun  Jun 28, 2007
If you read the name Brian Wilson somewhere, chances are you'll be seeing the word "genius" in the same sentence. And, true enough, Wilson's songwriting and studio production was, at its peak, divinely inspired. But, like the Beatles, Wilson's glory days are long gone. Now its time to write books about him.

For the true believer, Carlin's book confirms the notion that Brian's muse was killed by the lust for lucre, personified by the despotic and very Republican Mike Love. It is a classic tale of purity dying at the feet of the Venal God. For the skeptic, Wilson is yet another young star whose success and attendant loss of self control, ruined his life.

For the reader, Catch a Wave is engaging enough, with new details and perspectives that should keep even the most well-versed Beach Boy fan interested. Carlin's coverage of Wilson's post-70s career, with his tentative return to the stage, and the completion and release of Smile, were particularly welcome highlights.

My only regret is I didn't read it at the beach.

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