I am Brian Wilson

Genre: Biography

I am Brian WilsonA Memoir

They say there are no second acts in American lives, and third acts are almost unheard of. That's part of what makes Brian Wilson's story so astonishing.As a cofounding member of the Beach Boys in the 1960s, Wilson created some of the most groundbreaking and timeless popular music ever recorded. With intricate harmonies, symphonic structures, and wide-eyed lyrics that explored life's most transcendent joys and deepest sorrows, songs like 'In My Room', 'God Only Knows', and 'Good Vibrations' forever expanded the possibilities of pop songwriting. Derailed in the 1970s by mental illness, drug use, and the shifting fortunes of the band, Wilson came back again and again over the next few decades, surviving and - finally - thriving. Now, for the first time, he weighs in on the sources of his creative inspiration and on his struggles, the exhilarating highs and the debilitating lows.I Am Brian Wilson reveals as never before the man who fought his way back to stability and creative relevance, who became a mesmerizing live artist, who forced himself to reckon with his own complex legacy and completed Smile, the legendary unfinished Beach Boys record that had become synonymous with both his genius and its destabilization. Today Brian Wilson is older, calmer, and filled with perspective and forgiveness. Whether he's talking about his childhood, his bandmates, or his own inner demons, Wilson's story, told in his own voice and in his own way, unforgettably illuminates the man behind the music, working through the turbulence and discord to achieve, at last, a new harmony.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 10 hours
Media Options:
  • Retail Trade: CD, MP3-CD
  • Library Editions: CD

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Author
Brian Wilson

Biography:
Brian Wilson, best known for his work with the Beach Boys, is one of popular music's most deeply revered figures. The main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history and one of the most influential composers of the last century, Wilson became a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2007. A father of seven, he lives with his wife in Santa Monica, California.
Author
Ben Greenman

Biography:
Ben Greenman is a contributing writer to the New Yorker and the author of eight books of fiction. His most recent novel is The Slippage, and his latest collection of short stories is What He’s Poised to Do. He has collaborated with Questlove on the New York Times bestselling hip-hop memoir Mo’ Meta Blues and on Something to Food About, which explores the intersection of creativity and eating, and he also cowrote George Clinton’s memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?
Narrator
Fred Berman

Biography:
Fred Berman is an award-winning audiobook performer having narrated everything from science fiction epics to preschool picture books. His voice can also be heard on hundreds of commercials and video games. As an actor, he has worked extensively in television, film, and theatres around the country. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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