Articles tagged brian wilson

Two Separate Memoirs Tell the Singular Tale of the Beach Boys

Now two key figures in the Beach Boys have emerged with memoirs that offer conflicting histories of one of America’s most revered bands and their contributions to it.

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The Personal Accounts of The Beach Boys Make This Documentary Worthwhile

Classic Albums: Pet Sounds expands the mythos of one musician to an entire group, and in doing so, allows us to see the project in a different, equally compelling light.

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Why Does the Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’ Still Have Its Hold on Us?

Fifty years on, Brian Wilson’s emotive musings on love, loss, and loneliness have proven to be truly timeless.

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‘Love & Mercy’ and the Dualities of Brian Wilson

Operating through a series of simple juxtapositions, Love & Mercy is kept riveting due to the stellar and nuanced performances by Paul Dano and John Cusack.

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Getting the Poison-to-Punch Ratio Just Right: Mini Mansions Steps Into the Limelight

Mini Mansions discusses the band's current/future efforts, the sometimes-arduous process of writing compelling lyrics, and the intimate interrelationship they maintain to pop, music, and the wider culture of major-label work.

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Paul Dano and John Cusack Bring Brian Wilson to Life in ‘Love & Mercy’

Brian Wilson's life has all the makings of a modern day epic poem, a promise that Love & Mercy delivers on.

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‘Love & Mercy’ Director: ‘I Didn’t Want It to Be a Biopic’

The goal was twofold: celebrate the music and bring attention to mental illness.

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John Cusack on Preparing for Role As Brian Wilson in ‘Love & Mercy’

John Cusack is being widely lauded for his portrayal of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson in the forthcoming biopic Love & Mercy, which opens nationally on Friday.

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‘Love & Mercy’ Director Is a Respected Force in Hollywood

Bill Pohlad had lived through some impressive moments in his film career — rave reviews, top awards, praise for uncompromising choices. But nothing was as important to him as a screening one night last September in Toronto.

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The 12 Best Brian Wilson Songs

In addition to his recent album, No Pier Pressure, Brian Wilson is about to have a biopic about him released in theaters. The 12 songs below also form a vivid portrait of his life as a pop genius.

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Pop Unmuted Podcast: Brian Wilson’s ‘No Pier Pressure’ and Veteran Pop Artists

The latest installment of Pop Unmuted talks about pop artists who are far into their careers, starting with the latest Brian Wilson album. No Pier Pressure.

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Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure

No Pier Pressure is a lifeless, limp collection of songs that counts as a Brian Wilson album in name only.

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Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and David Marks: 27 July  2013 - Twin Cities

Five good reasons to catch Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks in concert if you get a chance.

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The End of the Beach Boys’ Summer

Then and now, the ethical questions that arise here involve the choice to turn this troubled phase of Brian Wilson's life and career into entertainment.

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Van Dyke Parks: Songs Cycled

Songs Cycled boasts melodies and arrangements that would have made as much sense in 1933 as in 2013, though the lyrics occasionally acknowledge the political and environmental tumult of the early 21st century.

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Brian Wilson’s lost ‘Smile’ album finally unearthed, with all the trimmings

CHICAGO — The Beach Boys’ “Smile” is the album that haunted Brian Wilson for four decades. The unfinished Beach Boys work devastated Wilson even though it

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Dreamer: Dennis Wilson’s ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’

Stephen Rowland kicks off a series of retrospectives to showcase Beach Boys and Beach Boys-related material that is not very popular, rare, or has been forgotten completely.

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The Beach Boys: Summer Love Songs

Don't break out the flip-flops quite yet: This fine and servicable Beach Boys compilation hits only a couple of highlights (along with some excellent album cuts), but isn't much in terms of a cohesive listening experience.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. Artists as various as Roky Erickson, Brian Wilson and Shuggie Otis prove there are second acts in American popular music.

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Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun

Wilson’s not making a comeback. He doesn't need to be resurrected. He's simply ready for the next take.

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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

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"More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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