About the show

In 1966, Brian Wilson planned to follow up the Beach Boys' groundbreaking album Pet Sounds with an even bigger musical statement. He was writing a teenage symphony to God. That album, Smile, was never finished. Instead, Brian slowly unraveled, as the pressure to make something profound weighed heavy on him. He worried that he wasn’t good enough. He worried that he was a failure in the eyes of the record company, his band, his peers, and his own father. He thought his house was bugged. He thought the music he was making conjured some strange voodoo that had a disastrous impact on the real world. He became paranoid. He self-medicated with amphetamines, hash, and LSD. He held meetings in his swimming pool. He imagined people who weren’t there. And eventually, in 1967, he went off the proverbial deep end. Did the real Brian Wilson ever resurface? Part true crime, part historical fiction, part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, and featuring the fictionalized voice Brian Wilson, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. Because you can’t push the needle into the red without leaving a little blood on the tracks.

About the Host

Jake Brennan

Host

Jake Brennan is the host and creator of the explosive music and true crime podcast, DISGRACELAND (“#1 most downloaded music podcast,” Apple Best of 2019/18 and iHeartRadio Best Music Podcast), 27 Club and Blood On The Tracks. In 2019, Jake published his first book, DISGRACELAND: Musicians Getting Away with Murder and Behaving Very Badly (Grand Central/Hachette). He is also the co-founder of Double Elvis Productions, an audio-first media company focused on premium music podcasting. 

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