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The Story Of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece


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Released on March 10, 2005

Written by Domenic Priore


  • SMiLE: The Story Of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece

    • November 1, 2007
    • Bob Cat Books
    • Berkeley, CA
    • Paperback
    • 200 pages
    • ISBN: 082567350X
    Author Dominic Priore, dubbed by MOJO ‘the world’s foremost Smile-ologist’, has written the definitive book on the entire experience – from the original recording to the revival tour and beyond. He has been in the studio with Wilson, as well as on the road for the celebrated European Smile concerts, and the result is the full version of one of pop’s mythic stories. Features forewords by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks. Previously published by Sanctuary.
  • SMiLE (in Japanese): The Story Of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece

    • June 1, 2006
    • K & B
    • Tokyo
    • Hardcover
    • 333 pages
    • ISBN: 4902800047
    Translated by Hagiwara Kenta and Maruyama Kyōko.
  • SMiLE: The Story Of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece

    • March 10, 2005
    • Sanctuary
    • London
    • Paperback
    • 256 pages
    • ISBN: 1860746276
    Every art form has its holy grail, those elusive creations around which legends grow. For rock 'n' roll, The Beach Boys' album Smile heads that list. Work on the album began on the heels of the group's seminal Pet Sounds, when Brian Wilson teamed with Van Dyke Parks to make a 'musical story of America'. But the writing and recording process soon devolved into chaos, capsized by internal fighting and record business chicanery. Tantalizing bits of Smile - most notably 'Good Vibrations' - hit the airwaves, but the album, reviled by Beach Boys singer Mike Love as a document of 'Brian's madness', was shelved. In Domenic Priore's new book, he interviews all the main players and documents every aspect of the Smile experience, from its inception in the 1960s to last year's release of Brian Wilson Presents Smile, his remarkable and brave attempt to finish what he started 40 years earlier. Featuring detailed accounts of studio work and the triumphant live shows in Europe and the US, exclusive photos from Smile-era photographer Guy Webster and forewords by Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, Priore's book is the last word on perhaps the finest album ever recorded.--BOOK JACKET.