I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir by Brian Wilson

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Title : I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir
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ISBN : 0306823063
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 312 pages


Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

November 04, 2016

He rambles, he repeats, he backtracks, there’s almost nothing here that you didn’t know if you were any kind of Brian Wilson fan, but as usual, he gets to you, and his voice in this book becomes almost hypnotic. He’s such a figure of hope, this big looming bear of a man with the formerly very hig...

Julie rated it ★★★★☆

October 17, 2016

I am Brian Wilson by Brian Wilson is a 2016 Da Capo Press publication. If you have seen the movie ‘Love and Mercy’, this book makes a perfect companion piece. Told in Wilson’s own voice the events that unfold in his life are brought to life, as he translates personal observances, memories, impres...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

October 27, 2016

When I finished reading I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir (Da Capo), I breathed a sigh of relief, wiped my eyes (I didn’t know that for most of my reading, they had been so teary), and uttered one word: “Finally.” That is, thanks to Brian Wilson and his collaborator Ben Greenman, we have a literary docu...

Mark rated it ★★★★★

November 19, 2016

I'm biased. I love Brian Wilson for all the joy he has brought into my life. Pet Sounds? Bury me with a copy, please. This book is written in Brian's speaking voice, and he's been down a rough road. Anecdotes told several times, thoughts that drop off without resolution - not an easy book to read...

Lori rated it ★★★★★

February 06, 2017

Edit: My first review was absolutely gushing about Brian Wilson. Then I felt weird so I edited it. But now I feel like it sounds like I didn't really like the book. Quite the opposite, I loved the book. So keep that in mind. I read a review of this book a few months ago and found this line really...

Bruce rated it ★★★☆☆

November 02, 2016

I really wanted to love this book because I love Brian Wilson's music. Whilst I got a lot of insight into Brian Wilson's troubled life, ultimately the book was constrained by Brian Wilson's ability to tell the story behind his own story - even with the help of Ben Greenman. At times the book was...

Rich rated it ★★★☆☆

December 27, 2016

I had to take one star off for the repetitive, disorganized format of this book, it very much reads like a transcribed stream of consciousness brain dump from Brian Wilson. Also, Brian doesn't hesitate to name drop (Phil Spector is mentioned ad nausium), but he's not doing to impress IMO, I think...

David rated it ★★★★★

October 08, 2016

Needless to say, I loved this book. Not a chronological inventory but a moving account of his musical life, his family and his battle with mental health problems.

Lori rated it ★★★★☆

July 10, 2017

I have always been a fan of The Beach Boys. Brian Wilson writes an honest memoir of his life.He is very upfront about his mental illness and what he has dealt with because of it. His memoir does not go from birth to present, it is more like thoughts of his life growing up, his brothers, his somet...

Robin rated it ★★★★★

January 02, 2017

It’s said that there’s a thin line between genius and madness, and Brian Wilson’s memoir is all about walking that line. At age 74 he is clearer than he has ever been and speaks honestly about both his music and his mental illness. He tells his story in an unassuming and down-to-earth way, and th...

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