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Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys & the California Myth with Author David Leaf

My Rock Moment

David Leaf is an award winning writer, producer and director and the creative visionary behind such critically acclaimed films as The U.S. vs. John Lennon, The Bee Gees: This Is Where I Came In and Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE. But he’s also a dear friend of Brian Wilson’s. This was a friendship crafted through David's work on the 1978 book "The Beach Boys and the California Myth." David moved to LA in the mid-70s with the intention of writing a book that told the real story of Brian Wilson at a time of much public misunderstanding for the Beach Boy. The 3rd edition of the book titled "God Only Knows: The Story of Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the California Myth" is now available and it celebrates the close friendship David and Brian have cultivated since the first edition, the music Brian created as a solo artist, and it provides that happy ending that the 1st edition could not. We deep dive into Brian Wilson’s solo career and the making and much-anticipated release of the album SMiLE. We’ll also talk about some of his favorite rock moments throughout the years with The Bee Gees, Yoko Ono and Frank Sinatra.To buy "God Only Knows: The Story of Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the California Myth" click here:https://amzn.to/3zNkbbpMy Rock Moment is a proud member of the Pantheon network. http://pantheonpodcasts.com/Don't forget to follow us on Instagram at LA Woman Rocks: https://www.instagram.com/la_woman_rocks

1hr 5mins

22 Sep 2022

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Brian Wilson "One of the Prime Movers"

Jonesy's Jukebox

Brian Wilson visited Jonesy's Jukebox a few days before the release of his album "Smile" on September 24, 2004. This was an important time for Wilson, who re-emerged onto the world stage after completing the project that he had shelved in 1967. In the newly recorded introduction of this podcast, Jonesy recommends the recent documentary "Long Promised Road" which gives great insight into the genius of the Beach Boys' primary songwriter. Enjoy Steve Jones' candid conversation with one of the most revered musicians of modern times. Be sure to subscribe to Jonesy's Jukebox for free on your favorite podcast platform and get a different show each Monday.


1 Aug 2022

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Brian Wilson: I Am Brian Wilson | Season 4: Ep. 7

The Rock Star Autobiography Podcast

Everyone knows that legendary Brian Wilson was the melodic architect behind those Beach Boys gems; and, yes, he copes with mental health issues.  But did you know that Brian Wilson has a favorite chair in his living room where he likes to sit for hours?  That he has a favorite bagel spot in Santa Monica, but to get there he has to sit through a traffic light that lasts forever, and it bothers him that it should take so long?  It turns out that rock-and-roll's Willy Wonka is actually the most relatable person of them all.  In this episode Martha and Christian surf the pages of I Am Brian Wilson to discover 1960s Hawthorne, vanilla cones, dysfunction, and one or two good vibrations. 

1hr 27mins

30 Jul 2022

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The Great American Songbook (Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Jeff Lynne)

Album Nerds

The Great American Songbook is comprised of the most significant work of top early 20th-century American jazz, pop and show tunes artists. Folks like Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin are responsible for writing many of the standards that American culture was built on. Today on the show we honor their legacy and discuss 3 albums that feature GAS songs. Brian Wilson – Brian Wilson Re-imagines Gershwin (Andy)Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours (Don)Jeff Lynne – Long Wave (Dude)What do you think of these records? What songs from the GAS do you enjoy listening to? Got a favorite album that features them? Tell us on the Album Nerds Discord, albumnerds.com/discord. Email us, podcast@albumnerds.com. Leave a voicemail at (585) 210-2454‬. Thanks for listening!


18 Jul 2022

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235: Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson at 80

Something About the Beatles

Two master craftsmen of pop/rock, born two days apart; both possessing a good number of commonalities as well as some major diverging paths. My returning guest, journalist Glenn Greenberg (Paul McCartney at 80) and I discuss their friendship and rivalry, as well as what each learned from the other.    Here's the 1967 CBS TV special, Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution: https://youtu.be/vyiGFRj5b-k    The Brian Wilson/"Surf's Up" sequence appears 50 minutes in, but the earlier "debate" between Graham Nash and Peter Noone is worth the price of admission alone.

1hr 47mins

29 Jun 2022

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See Hear 97: Interview with Brent Wilson, director of Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road

Pantheon - Home of Music Podcasts

The story of Brian Wilson has been heavily documented through literature and film. There are a couple of perspectives that continuously get focus: Brian's brilliance as songwriter and harmony arranger. His troubled life and mental breakdown through the abuse of his jealous father Murry Wilson, the smothering treatment of status seeking psychiatrist Eugene Landy, and the questioning of his musical ambitions by the Beach Boys (well.....Mike Love) when he wanted to go beyond girls and cars as subject matter. Do we need another film about Brian Wilson?Welcome to episode 97 of See Hear Podcast.We welcome back to the show director Brent (No Relation) Wilson. Previously, he'd been on the show discussing his excellent documentary on Doo Wop, “Streetlight Harmonies”. This time around he joins myself and Bernie to talk about his new film “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road”.Much of the film is of Brian in conversation with close friend and former Rolling Stone magazine editor, Jason Fine. The two drive around Los Angeles and use various locations to trigger Brian's memory about his past – personal and creative. Because much of this film features stories directly from Wilson himself (a notoriously reluctant talker), this film is very important. He opens up in a way he hasn't for many years – the information still comes out in small drops, but we see more of who he is via the manner of these conversations, as much as what is being said....for that reason alone, we needed another film about Brian Wilson.Brent talks to us about his passion for all things Beach Boys from an early age (when it was desperately uncool), the “hippocratic oath” he and Jason took, how Brian works with his band in the studio (and the love he inspires), and much more. Oh.....and he tells a story about something Brian said to Bono of U2.....now THAT has to be a first for See Hear.Bernie and I are hugely grateful to Brent for sharing his time, enthusiasm and stories with us. He's promised us to come back on a future show just to yak about a favourite music film round-table style.“Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road” is available on the usual streaming platforms like Prime (in the US), YouTube, Apple Tv, iTunes and Google Play.If you’ve been enjoying the show, please consider giving us a favourable review on iTunes and let your friends know that our show exists. If you don't enjoy the show, tell your adversaries to tune in. We don't care who listens.....See Hear is proudly part of the Pantheon Network of music podcasts. Check out all the other wonderful shows at http://pantheonpodcasts.com.Send us feedback via email at seehearpodcast@gmail.comJoin the Facebook group at http://facebook.com/groups/seehearpodcastCheck out the Instagram page at www.instagram.com/seehearpodcast/?hl=enYou can download the show by searching for See Hear on whatever podcast app you favour.

1hr 19mins

25 May 2022

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Ep. 220 | Brian Wilson

The Racing Writer's Podcast

Brian Wilson is a return guest to the podcast but it’s a completely different conversation as we focus on Wilson’s first year as Cup Series crew chief and how he got here. Wilson reveals how the team believes they’ve found the reason for their rough start to the season; what Wilson remembers of his dad being an engineer for Robert Pressley and the Skol car; getting his racing start with the Kimmel family; working in the race shop and the grocery store meat department; going from the Kimmel team straight to Team Penske and the Cup Series; memories working on the 77 team with Brendan Gaughan; shock builder to engineer, thinking his career was over moving to Xfinity, and his first shot of being a crew chief not going well; lasting so long at one organization; how Next Gen has changed things for crew chiefs; keeping a close eye on the parts going on the car; being someone how likes information and knowing the rules; what he’s seen from his rookie driver good and bad; what Wilson is looking for from the 21 team getting into the summer months. Music created by Tony Monge.Please support my work through Patreon: www.patreon.com/KellyCrandall


18 Apr 2022

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Mark Lanegan/ Brian Wilson/ ”Trouble Boys” editor Ben Schafer of Hachette Books

Mishka Shubaly Podcast

I met Ben Schafer in the process of working on Mark Lanegan's book with him. I have a lot of resistance to meeting publishing/ music industry/ entertainment industry folks because it always feels so ingenuine, like "I will pretend to be your friend until it no longer serves my business interests, at which point I'll pretend you never existed." From our first meeting, I recognized that Ben was, like me, just an earnest fan of Lanegan's work. We talked about how great Lanegan's voice and writing was, how excited we were for the book, sobriety, then finally just life in general. I guess what I'm trying to say is that, despite my best efforts to the contrary, Ben and I became friends very quickly and have stayed in close touch for the last couple of years. Yes, of course, we talked about the loss of Lanegan, but I tried to ask him some hard questions about publishing and his role as editor.  Ben specializes in music, popular culture, biography, memoir, and popular science, with aparticular soft spot for American counterculture. He has acquired several New York Timesbestsellers, including Unrequited Infatuations by Stevie Van Zandt, The Portable Atheist editedby Christopher Hitchens, Trouble Boys by Bob Mehr, and I Am Brian Wilson by Brian Wilson.Based in Los Angeles, Ben published the definitive two-volume history of L.A. punk Under theBig Black Sun and More Fun in the New World by John Doe (of X) and music publishing veteranTom DeSavia. He is also the editor of the international bestseller Why Does E=mc2 by BrianCox and Jeff Forshaw, and an all-time classic memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street by DaveVan Ronk with Elijah Wald, the inspiration for the Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis.Prior to joining Hachette Books, Ben was Executive Editor at Da Capo Press for 17 years andheld editorial positions at William Morrow and HarperCollins.

1hr 16mins

31 Mar 2022

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Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road - Director's Take

Factual America

Brian Wilson was the co-founder of the seminal 60s rock group The Beach Boys, as the leader and creative genius behind the band’s many hits. Brian Wilson has influenced generations of pop stars, including Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Taylor Hawkins and other pop royalty.  Award-winning documentary filmmaker Brent Wilson joins us for the second time to discuss his new film, Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road. The film follows Brian on a journey, both literally and figuratively, of Brian’s old stomping grounds and memories which include over a half-century of battling mental illness. Brent explains how he was able to bring a new angle to the rock legend that is Brian Wilson, all while exploring what it means to be human. Watch the full interview at https://www.alamopictures.co.uk/podcast/brian-wilson-long-promised-road/ “Brian Wilson doesn't think in a linear fashion, so he's not going to start with the beginning of his life…and we ended up with 70 hours of footage in the car.” - Brent Wilson Time Stamps: 00:00 - The trailer for Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road. 05:50 - A synopsis of the film.  08:50 - The unique approach Brent took in the making of the film and the difficulties with interviewing Brian. 13:26 - How he came to the idea to film Brian driving around LA. 16:26 - The challenges of making a documentary from unstructured camera footage. 22:56 - How Brian’s mental illness has affected his life. 30:46 - How music acts as a release for him, and why he is so self-conscious about his music. 37:43 - The ways Brian’s creative genius has continued through his later life. 41:16 - The soundtrack that is coming out with the film. 45:02 - The next projects Brent is working on. 48:30 - Comments on our episode with Anne Rapp, the director of Horton Foote: The Road to Home. 51:12 - The way some buyers took advantage of independent filmmakers during Covid. Resources: Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (2021) Streetlight Harmonies (2020) Horton Foote: The Road to Home (2020) MovieMaker Magazine Innersound Audio Alamo Pictures Connect with Brent Wilson: IMDb Instagram LinkedIn Connect with Factual America: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Matthew Sherwood: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter More From Factual America: Streetlight Harmonies: The Lasting Legacy of Doo-Wop Horton Foote: The Greatest Playwright You've Never Heard of


2 Mar 2022

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#370 - Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys: The History of Rock N Roll Part XII - WatchThis W/RickRamos

Watch This With Rick Ramos

The History of Rock N Roll Part XII - Troubled Harmony: Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys This week Mr. Chavez & I continue our exploration into The History of Rock N Roll with a look at one of the seminal bands in the history of Southern California music . . . The Beach Boys. We take a look at the history with a focused look at band co-founder and principal songwriter Brian Wilson. Long heralded as a musical genius, it has been an interesting and compelling look into his life. This week we focus on four documentaries: Malcolm Leo's  hagiography The Beach Boys: An American Band (1985), Don Was's Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (1995), Brent Wilson's Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (2021), and Bill Pohlad's 2014 Bio-Pic Love & Mercy featuring Paul Giamatti as psychologist, Dr. Eugene Landy, Elizabeth Banks as Wilson's second wife, Melinda Ledbetter, and as Wilson, Paul Giamatti (as the young Brian Wilson) and John Cusack as the older 1980s Brian Wilson. With the exception of Leon's doc, the films are interesting and thought-provoking regarding artistry, mental illness, and the combination of the two. It's a good talk and we're thrilled to go - a bit - outside of our comfort zone. Thanks for listening. Questions, Comments, Complaints, & Suggestions can be directed to gondoramos@yahoo.com. 

1hr 41mins

22 Feb 2022