Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

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Ever since British press agent Derek Taylor declared Brian Wilson a "genius" in the promotion for the 1966 album Pet Sounds, some variation of the claim has become commonplace when discussing the Beach Boys' founder and chief composer. Intended to liberate Wilson from his outmoded image as a purveyor of sun-and-surf teen pop, the label has become something of an albatross for Wilson. His slow-but-steady reemergence as a working musician - after a three decade absence - has been fraught with expectations that he create a record to top the legendary single "Good Vibrations." Examining Wilson's work with the Beach Boys as well as his solo output, Curnutt eschews chronology in favor of a topical organization that allows discussion of lyrical themes and musical motifs. The rise, fall, and redemption of Wilson's career have long overshadowed the work itself, which Curnutt explores here on its own more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 20 b&w illustrations
  • 025322375X
  • 9780253223753

Table of contents

PrefaceAbbreviationsIntroduction: Beyond Biography, Beyond Superlatives1. "I Hear the Sound of a Gentle Word": Lyrical Themes and Motifs2. "A Companion for Your Lonely Soul": Musical Themes and Motifs3. "I'm the Pied Piper": The Peculiar Appeal of Brian WilsonNotesDiscographyWorks CitedIndexshow more

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