Wouldn't It Be Nice

Wouldn't It Be Nice

My Own Story

Book - 1991
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In a riveting and candid autobiography, music legend Brian Wilson reveals the truth about his meteoric rise to superstardom, his total breakdown, and his long, miraculous struggle back to the top. It is filled with shocking revelations about his abuse as a child by his violent father, the bitter infighting among the Beach Boys, the death of his brother Dennis, and the controversy surrounding the therapist he credits with literally saving his life. 50 photographs.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, c1991
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060183134
Branch Call Number: Biography B Wil
Additional Contributors: Gold, Todd


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Jun 24, 2017

Oh my God, Brian Wilson was a tortured soul. And a genius, no doubt about that. I'm old enough to have grown up with a lot of the Beach Boy music and still play some of their oldies in my car from time to time. I knew that it was the family band but I didn't realize that the band was managed by Brian's abusive father.

In both this book and his more updated autobiography, Brian gives a candid and heartbreaking portrayal of his rise to stardom accompanied by problems with obesity, stage fright, alcohol and drugs, and mental illness (hearing voices) which could have been precipitated by taking LSD. It is a very sad story for a guy who gave the world so much pleasure. In addition, he is still grieving the loss of both brothers, band member hottie – bad boy Dennis and shy but talented Carl.

But the worst part (and the saddest part) is the constant feuding with his cousin Mike and consequent lawsuits. If you read any of Brian's books, it's important to read Good Vibrations by Mike Love as well to get a sense of perspective. Often there are three sides to any story – in this case, Brian's story, Mike's story (which is so absolutely opposite) and the objective truth of what actually happened.


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