Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson announces memoir – read an excerpt here

Ahead of his eagerly-anticipated visit to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on May 26, Brian Wilson has set a release date for his long-in-the-works memoir.

The legendary Beach Boys mastermind will launch I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir via music-leaning publisher Da Capo Press this October.

The 73-year-old Californian, who is currently on the road touring his band’s seminal Pet Sounds album in celebration of its 50th anniversary, has teamed up with Ben Greenman, who previously worked with funk maestro George Clinton on his memoirs.

Wilson’s struggles with drug abuse and mental health issues have been well documented, but his resurgence in recent years has seen him return to both the recording studio and the live arena to play array of solo shows.

Speaking ahead of the tour that brings him to the Capital next month, Wilson said, “It’s really been a trip to sit here and think about releasing Pet Sounds 50 years ago.

“I love performing this album with my band and look forward to playing it for fans all across the world.”

At the Usher Hall, the legendary singer will be joined on stage by fellow Beach Boys bandmate Al Jardine and former member Blondie Chaplin, for what will be the final time The Beach Boys’ 11th studio effort, Pet Sounds, will be performed in its entirety by Wilson.

In an except from I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir (via Pitchfork), Wilson writes:

“Other people can talk about my life. Sometimes they’ll get it right and sometimes they’ll get it wrong. For me, when I think back across my own life, there are so many things that are painful. Sometimes I don’t like discussing them. Sometimes I don’t even like remembering them. But as I get older, the shape of that pain has changed. Sometimes memories come back to me when I least expect them.”

“Maybe that’s the only way it works when you’ve lived the life I’ve lived: starting a band with my brothers that was managed by my father, watching my father become difficult and then impossible, watching myself become difficult and then impossible, watching women I loved come and go, watching children come into the world, watching my brothers get older, watching them pass out of the world.”

Words: Gary Flockhart


Brian Wilson’s ‘Pet Sounds’ 50th anniversary tour will visit:

Bristol Colston Hall (May 15)
Birmingham Symphony Hall (17)
Cardiff St Davids Hall (18)
The London Palladium (20, 21)
Manchester O2 Apollo (24)
Edinburgh Usher Hall (26)
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (27)
Gateshead Sage (29)
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (31)
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (June 1)