Catch a Wave

  • by Peter Ames Carlin
  • Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
  • 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 '60s, 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 reemergence with the release of Smile, the legendarily unreleased album he had originally shelved.


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The rock'n'roll Icarus parable re-told wonderfully, enough to drive you back to Brian's work with fresh eyes. Highly recommended.
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Just another in a long line of tragic lows caused by stardom highs

So there goes another junky. What's new? nearly all of them did it. No but this book is more than that since it details the causes of depression and various other factors in the drug crazed years of the sixties and seventies. Brian wilson was more the victim of control freaks, pressure, the need to please those who didn't want ever to be satisfied and his own demons. Stafe fright and manipulative 'friends'. The book delves in to the refinements of musical construction which at times is tedious to those that don't know much about music beyond the fact that they 'like' it and plenty of journo speak. however it's a good example of how journo speak can work. It's a tragic book and the story can be read and repeated often but with different names. However it's worth a read for any music fan and especially fans of 'The Beach Boys' which I'm not actually but I like reading about people.
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- Rose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-09-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios