Wouldn't it be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds


Music History & Biography

When he first started working on Pet Sounds , Brian Wilson said that he was going to write "the greatest rock album ever made." That album, released in 1966, fifty years ago, changed the face of popular music. From conception and composition to arrangement and production, Pet Sounds was the work of one extraordinary man. Turning his back on the protest songs and folk rock of his contemporaries and even on the bright surf sound of his own creation, Brian Wilson reached deep within himself to make music that struck an emotional chord and touched people's souls. Embracing the rapidly advancing recording technology of the time, he expertly created an original studio sound that would inspire generations of listeners and musicians. Featuring a detailed track-by-track analysis of the songs and extensive interviews with key personalities, Wouldn't It Be Nice reveals the influences--musical, personal, and professional--that together created this groundbreaking album. Now revised to include new information and recent developments, this is the definitive book on one of the greatest albums ever made.


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"Chuck Granata has the exquisite wisdom to understand that the real wonder of Brian Wilson is not to be found within the headline-grabbing antics, the legendary lawsuits, or even the classic functionality of either his private or public families, but simply in his music." Tony Asher, Pet Sounds cowriter"

Charles L. Granatais a record and radio producer, music historian, and author of the award-winningSessions with Sinatraas well as numerous essays on popular music and the history of sound recording. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Livingston, New Jersey.Tony Asheris a lyricist who collaborated with Brian Wilson onPet Sounds. He lives in Los Angeles."

General Fields

  • : 9781613738375
  • : Chicago Review Press
  • : Chicago Review Press
  • : October 2016
  • : 215mm X 139mm X 15mm
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
  • : 782.42166
  • : 272
  • : B