Brian Wilson Is Burning Up (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 1)

33 minutes

Things are pretty calm around here at the moment, but sometimes they get a little shaky. Where are we? We're inside the mind of Brian Douglas Wilson, of course, the genius behind the Beach Boys' unprecedented masterpiece Pet Sounds. There are lots of things in here...songs, melodies, ideas...but there are also many dark corners for things to lurk in. For people to lurk in. As Brian continues to work on the band's follow-up to Pet Sounds, a so-called teenage symphony to God called Smile, the dark corners of his mind come alive. That's when the vibrations turned from good...to bad.

 

SOURCES

Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brain Wilson, by Peter Ames Carlin

I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir, by Brian Wilson with Ben Greenman

Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, by Charles L. Granata

The Beach Boys second place in the sonic space race: 'Smiley Smile' (Far Out)

The flight that changed Beach Boy Brian Wilson's life forever (Far Out)

The astonishing genius of Brian Wilson (The Guardian)

The Truth About The Beach Boys Album Smiley Smile (Grunge)

Discover the story behind The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE' (Goldmine)

A SMiLE In The Echo Chamber - The Beach Boys Lost Masterpiece (The Big Takeover)

The tragic story of how Brian Wilson's career was almost destroyed by a rogue doctor (Smooth Radio)

“Good Vibrations” and the Lost Studio Footage (YouTube)

The Making Of…the Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ (Uncut)

Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile

Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (PBS)

Bad Vibrations: Brian Wilson Sues Collaborator (Rolling Stone)

Brian Wilson Talks Mental Illness, Drugs and Beach Boys (Rolling Stone)

ELTON JOHN & BRIAN WILSON - Wouldn't It Be Nice (Live, 2001)

Inside the twisted relationship between Eugene Landy and Brian Wilson (Far Out)

How one quack doctor almost destroyed Brian Wilson’s career (NY Post)

'One of Charles Manson's murderers gang babysat my two children' says Beach Boys star Mike Love (Daily Mail)

The Beach Boys battle: Why does Brian Wilson hate Mike Love? (Far Out)

The True Story Behind The Film 'Love And Mercy' (Ranker)

Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson’s Lost Masterpiece, by Domenic Priore

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BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is part true crime, part historical fiction, and part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND.   For more shows like Blood on the Tracks, check out www.doubleelvis.com 

 

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