Wouldnt it Be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys Pet Sounds by Charles L. GranataThis illuminating book offers unique insight into the making of the seminal album Pet Sounds, revealing the intimate processes that went into its creation and featuring brand-new interviews with key players. From conception and composition to arrangement and production, the ways in which Pet Sounds changed the face of American popular music are chronicled. While Pet Sounds carries the tag of being a Beach Boys record, this lively expos? reveals just how little input the rest of the band had in its recording. Illustrating Brian Wilsons prodigious talent, the book chronicles his ability to turn his back on the protest songs and folk-rock of his contemporaries, and even on the bright surf sound of his own creation, in order to reach deep within himself to make music that struck an emotional chord and touched peoples souls. Wilsons ability to embrace the rapidly advancing recording technology of the 1960s and to expertly blend rock n roll, rhythm and blues, and jazz sounds with velvety harmonies and sensitive melodies to create a brand-new studio sound are discussed. An intimate portrait of Wilsons family, breakdown, and drug use is included.PBRBAbout the Author:/BBRBCharles L. Granata/B is a record producer, music historian, and the author of the award-winning ISessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording/I. He lives in Livingston, New Jersey. BTony Asher/B is a lyricist who collaborated with Brian Wilson on IPet Sounds/I. He lives in Los Angeles.
Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys (Full Documentary)
Some people would say that the Beach Boys were born on Labor Day weekend, , when three brothers, one cousin, and a friend rented the equipment required to make their first demo recording. Others might contend that the group didn't emerge until "Surfin' USA" — their first big hit — entered the number three spot on the Billboard charts in Then again, a convincing argument could be made that the fate of the band was sealed with the birth of Brian Douglas Wilson on Saturday, June 20,
Charles L. Granata
WOULDN'T IT BE NICE: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds
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Upon release, the book's credibility was challenged, and led to multiple lawsuits. Wilson later disowned the book. The book's legitimacy has been challenged,   and its content has raised questions of plagiarism. In other sections the narrative read like depositions for their various court cases, while others ripped the Beach Boys for various personal and professional shortcomings. Although it glorifies therapist Eugene Landy , he insisted that he had nothing to do with its writing. I don't accept the book's text at face value, but if it's consistent with other sources and rings true, I'm willing to consider it a qualified authority.
As music historian Granata points out in this often passionate, sometimes pedantic history of Pet Sounds , U. In spite of such a reception, the album showcases the soaring musical genius of Wilson, argues Granata, in what was perhaps truly the first ever "concept album. Granata traces the evolution of the album from its writing, mostly by Wilson and Tony Asher, to the long nights of production in the studio. He analyzes dispassionately each song on the album, from the jangly string guitar chords of "Wouldn't It Be Nice? Granata chronicles Wilson's well-known disappearance from the musical scene not long after the album's release to battle the demons of paranoid schizophrenia, as well as his recent solo appearances performing the songs from Pet Sounds. Granata devotedly tells a story whose contours are already well known, so the book at times appears to be a set of liner notes allowed to grow too large. View Full Version of PW.