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...In evolving from a thematic rock group into a force of psychedelic insanity, the Beach Boys proved the versatility of music in the 1960s. In California in the late 1950s, brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson teamed up with Al Jardine...

Awakenings

Philip Lambert

Philip Lambert is Professor of Music at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a specialist on music of the twentieth century and has published widely on this subject in the fields of music theory and musicology. His previous book is The Music of Charles Ives. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson : The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys’ Founding Genius

Continuum, 2007

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...Our journey through the music of Brian Wilson begins with a close look at his early musical experiences and the original blossoming of his creative gifts. Biographical sources have much to say about the musical environment of his childhood...

Produced by Brian Wilson

Philip Lambert

Philip Lambert is Professor of Music at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a specialist on music of the twentieth century and has published widely on this subject in the fields of music theory and musicology. His previous book is The Music of Charles Ives. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson : The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys’ Founding Genius

Continuum, 2007

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...In the spring and summer months of 1963, Brian Wilson was busy on several fronts. Foremost, he was working on the next Beach Boys album, their third, which would be completed in July and which would require a significant amount of new...

Catching Waves

Philip Lambert

Philip Lambert is Professor of Music at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a specialist on music of the twentieth century and has published widely on this subject in the fields of music theory and musicology. His previous book is The Music of Charles Ives. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson : The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys’ Founding Genius

Continuum, 2007

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...The Beach Boys’ third album, Surfer Girl, was released on September 16, 1963, and eventually climbed to #7 on the charts, assisted by the “Surfer Girl”/“Little Deuce Coupe” single that had been released in July and received wide airplay...

Love and Mercy

Philip Lambert

Philip Lambert is Professor of Music at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a specialist on music of the twentieth century and has published widely on this subject in the fields of music theory and musicology. His previous book is The Music of Charles Ives. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson : The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys’ Founding Genius

Continuum, 2007

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...To fans everywhere, especially those who have followed the career of Brian Wilson since the beginning, his transformation in recent years from near-rock-and-roll casualty to rock-and-roll survivor has been nothing short of miraculous...

“All that road going”: Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, and The Beach Boys’ Smile

Music and the road : Essays on the interplay of music and the popular culture of the American road

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The road will be made, and soon, and by individual enterprise. The age is progressive and utilitarian. It abounds with talent, seeking employment, and with capital, seeking investment. The temptation is irresistible . . . to reach...

Surfin’ U.S.A.

Philip Lambert

Philip Lambert is Professor of Music at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a specialist on music of the twentieth century and has published widely on this subject in the fields of music theory and musicology. His previous book is The Music of Charles Ives. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson : The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys’ Founding Genius

Continuum, 2007

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...Let’s survey the musical firmament of Brian Wilson and his collaborators as the sun set on 1962. With the Beach Boys, Brian had recorded and released three singles and an album. These were successful enough to show sufficient promise...
...Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night? This quote from Kerouac’s beatnik bible, On the Road, evokes the centrality of the car within American consciousness in the immediate post-war period, an era in which...

Pet Sounds

Philip Lambert

Philip Lambert is Professor of Music at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a specialist on music of the twentieth century and has published widely on this subject in the fields of music theory and musicology. His previous book is The Music of Charles Ives. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson : The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys’ Founding Genius

Continuum, 2007

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...To Brian Wilson in the 1960s, ten months was an eternity. In a three-anda-half-year span from 1962 to mid-1965 he had conceived and produced ten Beach Boys albums, including fifteen single releases, and had been involved in a panoply...

First Album

Philip Lambert

Philip Lambert is Professor of Music at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a specialist on music of the twentieth century and has published widely on this subject in the fields of music theory and musicology. His previous book is The Music of Charles Ives. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson : The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys’ Founding Genius

Continuum, 2007

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...On the strength of their April 1962 recordings, the Beach Boys signed a contract with Capitol Records, which released their single of “Surfin’ Safari” and “409” on June 4. As the record climbed the national charts, peaking at #14, the group...