Presenting Blood on The Tracks - The Brian Wilson Story

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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.

Listen to BLOOD ON THE TRACKS: THE BRIAN WILSON STORY beginning August 15.

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More episodes from BLOOD ON THE TRACKS Season 4: The Brian Wilson Story

Brian Wilson Is Free (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 9)

Brian’s lost masterpiece, Smile, continues to lurk in the background. It’s there when Brian’s troubled and talented brother, Dennis, takes one last swim in the Pacific Ocean blue. It’s …

Brian Wilson Is…Back? (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 8)

The Beach Boys stage an intervention to get Brian the help he needs just as he reaches what he thinks is the bottom. He’s pulled out of the darkness …

Brian Wilson Is Sailing On (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 7)

Brian continues to lose control. And not just of his band and the music he makes. He loses self-control and becomes so dependent on drugs that he …

Brian Wilson Isn’t Himself (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 6)

After months of frustration, the Beach Boys abandon Smile to work on new music. But for Brian it’s not that easy. He’s quickly losing control. He’s …

Brian Wilson Is…a Son (The Brian Wilson Story Chapter 5)

Brian’s troubled relationship with his controlling and abusive father comes into focus. Paul McCartney stops by a California recording studio to chew …

Brian Wilson Is in the Deep End (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 4)

Brian is haunted by the Monterey Pop Festival, John Lennon’s voice, and the disapproval of his fellow Beach Boys. He finally goes off the deep end – literally, straight into the deep end of …

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