This turned up in the post today:
If I am to understand the enigma of Mike Love, this may be a great help.
An Amazon reviewer says ‘Enjoyable if you like Wilson’. Ah. OK. Also:
I found this book to be interesting and objective. The author is quite clearly a fan of the Beach boys and Wilson himself and chose to analyse many songs and albums. That did not interest me but did not make me throw away the book either. My favourite part is that mike comes out looking like a proper tight git.
I am assuming the latter is corroborated by fact rather than conjecture. We’ll see.
And then, found at local market:
The Beach Boys Annual, with dustjacket intact! A handy replacement for the well-worn copy mentioned here. Two quid. See how David Marks on the front morphs into Al Jardine on the back:
From the same stall, for half the price, and of much greater significance:
But not as ignorant as the dolts that put this together:
which features Maximum Brian Wilson & the Beach Boys, ‘a CD audio-biog’ (running time 55mins, and available separately – a reviewer says ‘I’d rate it NO STARS if the system would allow it, fans avoid and pass the word on‘). It ‘includes the true story of the original Smile album‘. This ‘true story’ regurgitates all the same bollocks, delivered by some disengaged female voiceover artist…what are CDs like this for? Who are they for? The blind? Narrative is written by a Tim Footman, who is a worthless fucking hack prolific popular music biographer. The musical accompaniment throughout is some fake french 60s Library Music. No Beach Boys – but it does have a free poster of the band. I must find some space for it.
The poster would be of no use to its partially-sighted purchaser – who may already have slit their own throat after a hour of the above shite…but wait, there is another disc, featuring ‘over an hour of interviews’ – it’s all audio pilfered from other sources, including 11 minutes from I Wasn’t Made For These Times. No dates or credits are given, so I am guessing that the mid-70s TV chat show interview is from The Mike Douglas Show, recorded on Tuesday the 23rd of November 1976 (and broadcast December the 8th). Here Brian, without Beach Boys, talks openly (and lucidly) about drugs. Says some interesting stuff. I will mention it later.
This show was recorded the same week as another Brian Wilson solo appearance, on Saturday Night Live (Friday 26th):
Because of the delayed transmission of The Mike Douglas Show, this..becomes Brian’s first solo American TV appearance since Inside Pop…Other members of The Beach Boys…are angry they are not invited onto this prestigious show, but [SNL Producer] Michaels is adamant that Brian should appear alone.
Do not buy this CD. I didn’t. I’ll sell you mine. No, that would be bad form, as it was a gift.
Right, to Peter Ames Carlin’s ‘definitive account of Brian Wilson’s expansive genius and consuming madness’…