Brian Wilson

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The Beach Boys’ 40 greatest songs – ranked!
As a new documentary about Brian Wilson arrives, we take on the near-impossible task of sorting his band’s best, from lustful-teen pop to meditative balladry

Alexis Petridis

27, Jan, 2022 @2:48 PM

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Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road review – a poignant look back
This sensitive documentary allows the troubled Beach Boy to reflect on a long and lustrous career

Simran Hans

23, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road review – good vibrations in kindly portrait
There’s smart input from Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and others, but this documentary really excels in its moments of intimacy as Wilson revisits his past

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

20, Jan, 2022 @11:00 AM

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‘It was the happiest time’: The Beach Boys on their strange second coming
They helped define the 60s, but were hopelessly uncool as the 70s began – and Brian Wilson was unravelling. The band discuss the masterpieces they made against the odds

Dave Simpson

27, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Echo in the Canyon review – hopelessly lazy LA rock doc
Brian Wilson, Beck and Eric Clapton are among the star contributors, but the story of Laurel Canyon’s folk-rock scene remains a mystery – and where’s Joni?

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

05, Jun, 2020 @9:15 AM

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The 100 greatest UK No 1s: No 11, The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
It captured the mumbled inarticulacy and heightened feelings of love, but also the sound of a culture changing

Laura Barton

22, May, 2020 @7:58 AM

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Brian Wilson boycotts Beach Boys over hunting convention
Touring version of Beach Boys led by Mike Love due to play at ‘trophy hunting’ event featuring Donald Trump Jr

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

04, Feb, 2020 @9:40 AM

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Brian Wilson postpones US tour due to 'mental insecurity'
Beach Boys singer has been ‘struggling with stuff in my head and saying things I don’t mean’ but intends to make return this year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

07, Jun, 2019 @8:11 AM

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And the band played on: how to grow old gracefully in pop
Madonna may have hit a birthday milestone but, from Johnny Cash’s stark admission of age to Paul McCartney’s embrace of hip young things, there’s ways to keep your music fresh

Alexis Petridis

22, Aug, 2018 @10:00 AM

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As Time Goes By by Derek Taylor review – a poignant insight into the Beatles
This updated memoir from the Fab Four’s press officer is an astute but self-effacing take on a unique era

Bob Stanley

08, Apr, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Brian Wilson review – still surf pop’s golden Boy
The great Beach Boy looks frail but sounds fantastic, 17 months into his farewell tour

Kitty Empire

06, Aug, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Brian Wilson review – frail Beach Boy isn't made for these times
The band are fantastic, the songs often euphoric – but Brian Wilson is a diminished and troubling presence at the heart of this Beach Boys revue

Alexis Petridis

02, Aug, 2017 @12:15 PM

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