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Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson

by Peter Ames Carlin

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In this act of unconditional (not blind) love, Carlin wonderfully portrays the drama of the bickering Beach Boys and their entourage of bad parents, creepy doctors, and bulging medicine cabinets. But he never forgets to cherish the revelatory, bittersweet American idealism of their sound.
--Sarah Vowell, best-selling author of Assassination Vacation

The essential Beach Boys saga. Not just the most balanced account, but a gripping reveal of the Wilson familys extended talented frailties behind the veil of the Beach Boys Endless Summer musical face.
--Van Dyke Parks, cowriter of Smile

"Catch a Wave is an important addition to the story of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, one of America's most important -- and most overlooked -- musical forces. Carlin's clear prose and detailed research give new insight into the enigma of Brian, an almost-herculean task for any music writer. The story of the Beach Boys is one of the great tales of American rock "n" roll."
--Charles R. Cross, best-selling author of Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

"A Beach Boys biography for the 21st century."
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