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A fascinating study of Brian Wilson's creative career as a composer, producer, performer, and collaborator that addresses all aspects of Brian's five-decade-long music career through his creative methods and processes.
The cofounder and central figure of one of America's most successful vocal groups, The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson is a standout artist with an astonishing volume of diverse work spanning over half a century that serves as testament to his creative output and influence on modern music. Today, Wilson stands as a survivor of life challenges stemming from substance abuse and mental illness and enjoys a revitalized career in which he continues to create new works and perform around the world to enthusiastic audiences in sold-out venues.
This unique book covers the breadth of Wilson's creative life as composer, producer, performer, and collaborator, not only as a Beach Boy, but also as a solo artist and collaborator with artists such as Jan and Dean, The Honeys, Spring, The Castells, and The Hondells. The book also surveys his less-examined work as a performer of the music of George Gershwin, of the songs from Disney films, and of children's books and movies. Because of its breadth, The Words and Music of Brian Wilson will appeal both to dedicated and casual fans alike of The Beach Boys and of Brian Wilson as well as to scholars in popular music and American studies.
- Presents the first complete and career-spanning biography of Brian Wilson and detailed examination of his musical career
- Considers Wilson's work with The Beach Boys and the many performers and bands with whom he collaborated as producer, songwriter, and performer in a chronological narrative instead of categorizing his work as "Beach Boys" and "Other"
- Discusses Wilson's diverse musical activities as comprising equal parts devoted to composition, production, performance, and collaboration
- Sorts through various conflicting narratives about Brian Wilson's career in order to provide an accurate account of his creative chronology
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The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection
The legends of the music industry are consistently among the most revered celebrities in popular culture. We know everything about them—who they dated, where they played, and how they died. However, what they sought to tell us through their music often remains undiscovered or forgotten. The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection provides critical analysis and commentary on the work of such important artists as John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon, Carole King, Bob Marley, Frank Zappa, Ice Cube, and David Bowie, and does so in the hope that, from behind such legendary faces, voices can again emerge.
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"This is a fine introduction to one of the most prolific and creative composers and musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; graduate students; professionals; general readers."