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« on: October 19, 2016, 09:53:09 PM »

Rate and Review the new autobiography from America's Greatest Living Songwriter

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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2016, 10:08:02 PM »

My copy should be arriving tomorrow. Can't wait!

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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2016, 10:14:30 PM »

Curious what will you say. As well as others.
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2016, 03:44:36 AM »

Can't wait to read this, still waiting for my book to arrive. Taking too long Angry
Just finished reading Mike's book and have to say it was kind of a mixed bag for me. When Mike's talking personally it's good like when he talks about his family (like his Facebook posts) or when he talks about his opinion on the 50th anniversary but a lot of the book relies on other people's stories. If you've been a beach boy fan for awhile you'll know exactly where Mike got these stories from. The problem isn't these stories but that they are relied on a little too much.  It feels like Mike listing albums like "we recorded friends it was our lowest selling album then we recorded a live album in London ... we recording holland lots of people like it." I was looking forward to his stories on those albums or at least what he thinks of them now but we get this type of thing, feeling more like a typical beach boy biography rather than an actual autobiography.
We get bogged down on the trail case which in my opinion takes up too much time. By the time that is finished it starts picking back up again but then there's not much left.
Because of this Iam looking forward to Brian's book even more now. From the little prieviews iv read it seems like an unconventional read with flip flopping from past to present time which will be refreshing.
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2016, 08:03:27 AM »

Can't wait to read this, still waiting for my book to arrive. Taking too long Angry
Just finished reading Mike's book and have to say it was kind of a mixed bag for me. When Mike's talking personally it's good like when he talks about his family (like his Facebook posts) or when he talks about his opinion on the 50th anniversary but a lot of the book relies on other people's stories. If you've been a beach boy fan for awhile you'll know exactly where Mike got these stories from.[/u] The problem isn't these stories but that they are relied on a little too much.  It feels like Mike listing albums like "we recorded friends it was our lowest selling album then we recorded a live album in London ... we recording holland lots of people like it." I was looking forward to his stories on those albums or at least what he thinks of them now but we get this type of thing, feeling more like a typical beach boy biography rather than an actual autobiography.
We get bogged down on the trail case which in my opinion takes up too much time. By the time that is finished it starts picking back up again but then there's not much left.
Because of this Iam looking forward to Brian's book even more now. From the little prieviews iv read it seems like an unconventional read with flip flopping from past to present time which will be refreshing.

Point in bold - My original take on it too. I would have liked more of Mike's voice talking about his take on these various events rather than rehashing the info.
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2016, 09:56:00 AM »

Also in the process of reading Brian's book. To me, it conveys the kind of conversation Ive always hoped (fantasized?) to have with Brian. Soft. Flowing. Even poetic.
VERY different than the feel of Mike's book. Pointed. Defending/Refuting. Details.
FYI - Mark Dillon (50 Sides of the Beach Boys) was my co-interviewer of Jim Harsch, Mike's collaborator @ PrayForSurfBlog.blogspot.com [also a recent interview with Dean Torrence on his new book]
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2016, 04:42:31 PM »

It's here!  Grin Time to start digging in! 
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2016, 05:17:27 PM »

Awesome...lemme know what you think!
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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2016, 05:35:44 PM »

Can't wait to read this, still waiting for my book to arrive. Taking too long Angry
Just finished reading Mike's book and have to say it was kind of a mixed bag for me. When Mike's talking personally it's good like when he talks about his family (like his Facebook posts) or when he talks about his opinion on the 50th anniversary but a lot of the book relies on other people's stories. If you've been a beach boy fan for awhile you'll know exactly where Mike got these stories from.[/u] The problem isn't these stories but that they are relied on a little too much.  It feels like Mike listing albums like "we recorded friends it was our lowest selling album then we recorded a live album in London ... we recording holland lots of people like it." I was looking forward to his stories on those albums or at least what he thinks of them now but we get this type of thing, feeling more like a typical beach boy biography rather than an actual autobiography.
We get bogged down on the trail case which in my opinion takes up too much time. By the time that is finished it starts picking back up again but then there's not much left.
Because of this Iam looking forward to Brian's book even more now. From the little prieviews iv read it seems like an unconventional read with flip flopping from past to present time which will be refreshing.

Point in bold - My original take on it too. I would have liked more of Mike's voice talking about his take on these various events rather than rehashing the info.
Yes. I guess one example would be when he mentions the Holland airport story where Brian fell asleep (which is taken from elsewhere) but thats as far as he goes with Holland. A lot of the time he his not speaking personally on these things feeling like his just stating facts and figures. I think Mike relied a little too much on the people helping him write the book.
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2016, 11:05:12 PM »

Finally received my copy a few days ago and finished it. What a great read!! It's like reading a whole books worth of Brian's linear notes. I feel like this book was made for die hard Brian Wilson fans and it doesn't disappoint. Love the way it jumps around different time periods. My favourite parts are hearing about Marcella, Love You album, Lucky Old Sun/Gershiwin albums, his adventures with Ray and just simple thinks like walking and the deli. It was interesting to hear Brian's view of how he got Jack Reiley to sing 'Tree'. Very close to how Reiley decribed but a little different. Greenman's presences in the book feels at a low even if it wasn't, and that's how it should be.

It would be interesting to hear from Greenman the backround on how the book was written. I'm guessing the book was made in part from Brian's own writings and the interviews he had with Greenman over the phone all put together. That's why the book kind of feels like Brian is responding to a great interview.

There's really no contest between this and Mike's book. Brian's book gives the fans what they have always wanted from a Brian Wilson Autobiography, pure BW. Mike's on the other hand regurgitates typical BB Biography information for the most part.
Thank you to Ray for helping with this!
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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2016, 11:35:38 PM »

Another thing I found touching...Brian talking about Gloria Ramos, and how she was there for him.
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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2016, 07:03:45 PM »

I REALLY want to read the transcripts of Ben's interviews with Brian.
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« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2016, 09:18:42 PM »

There's an interview in the Toronto Star showing how the book was written, including info from Greenman.
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Name of article: Brian Wilson, the voices, and the answers in the music. Toronto Star, 15 Oct 2016.
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« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2016, 09:27:36 PM »

There's an interview in the Toronto Star showing how the book was written, including info from Greenman.
Sorry I can't post link from my device.

Name of article: Brian Wilson, the voices, and the answers in the music. Toronto Star, 15 Oct 2016.

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« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2016, 09:44:13 PM »

There's an interview in the Toronto Star showing how the book was written, including info from Greenman.
Sorry I can't post link from my device.

Name of article: Brian Wilson, the voices, and the answers in the music. Toronto Star, 15 Oct 2016.

Pretty good interview
https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2016/10/15/brian-wilson-the-voices-and-the-answers-in-the-music.html
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« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2016, 09:38:52 PM »

funny as hell !! love bri !
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« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2016, 10:39:07 PM »

Nice to hear confirmation from Brian that "Just an Imitation" was indeed put to tape back in the day. Keeping my fingers crossed (extremely tightly, that is) that it'll pop up some day. Unlikely, but hey, if they found the master tracks to "Don't Worry Baby" and "Do it Again" some fifty or so years after they went missing, then I guess anything is possible!
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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2016, 10:33:52 AM »

I just finished reading I Am Brian Wilson.

While the stream of consciousness writing took a little bit of getting used to, I enjoyed it.  I thought it was oftentime amusing, and full of Brianisms. 

"I don't like Jeopardy.  Same old bulls**t" 

He also doesn't gloss over the losses he's suffered in life, his mental illness, or his drug / alcohol issues. 

My one criticism is that it's so short.  After I was done, I felt like I could've read 200-300 more pages. 

But, I'm glad we finally got the Brian Wilson autobiography we deserve.
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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2016, 12:25:49 PM »

Nice to hear confirmation from Brian that "Just an Imitation" was indeed put to tape back in the day. Keeping my fingers crossed (extremely tightly, that is) that it'll pop up some day. Unlikely, but hey, if they found the master tracks to "Don't Worry Baby" and "Do it Again" some fifty or so years after they went missing, then I guess anything is possible!

As a long time, hardened, sometimes skeptical fan, I always advise people to manage their expectations on this stuff. We've had a few cases where a legendary tape turns up and it's more of the "historically interesting" nature than actually mind-blowing. "Battle Hymn..", the '74 studio demo of "California Feelin'", etc.

But there have been plenty of mind-blowing items that have popped up too.
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« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2016, 07:32:17 AM »

I got it as a Christmas gift from my SIL and reading it now.

Except for the non-linear style it feels like you are peeking in Brian's diary. He opens up completely and shares life experiences in a very candid and refreshing way. It is not a book you want to fly through, if you are used to speed reading try to slow down and absorb the feeling of the words. I still have a long way to go so this isn't a full review, just my thoughts so far and its 2 thumbs up and 5 Big Ones (stars)
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« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2017, 01:22:46 AM »

This was a surprisingly good read! I thought I'd never read another BB/BW book because I'm so familiar with most of the stories but this one really was fun. I love the way it just rambles and I really enjoyed the man's recollections of the making of Love You or the way the book digs into his solo stuff. The Brianisms are all top notch. Gave it a 4/5.
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