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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of a Pop Legend

by Philip Lambert

Inside the Music of Brian Wilson The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of a Pop Legend Synopsis

Inside the Music of Brian Wilson is, as author Phillip Lambert writes in the prologue completely, and intensely, focused on the music of Brian Wilson, on the musical essence of his songs and the aesthetic value of his artistic achievements. It acknowledges the familiar biographical contexts of his songs, but it tells completely new stories about the birth and evolution of his musical ideas, identifying important musical trends in his work, heretofore undisclosed inter-song connections within his music, or between his music and that of others, and the nature and extent of his artistry. It aims not just to identify great songs, but to explain exactly what makes them so.Lambert, a renowned musicologist, brings to this work to life with both his professional expertise and an infectious personal appreciation of the power of pop music. His clear, engaging tone and accessible writing style allows even a musically inexperienced reader to follow him as he traces Wilsons musical evolution, with a particular focus on the years leading up to the writing and recording of Pet Sounds and SMiLE, albums which many consider to be the masterpieces of his oeuvre. Inside the Music of Brian Wilson is the definitive book on Wilsons music and is essential reading for fans of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and great pop music.Includes THREE amazing Appendixes:Appendix 1: Brian Wilson Song Chronology*Appendix 2: Four Freshmen Albums, 19551961 Appendix 3: Favorite Songs and Influences Through 1961*The most complete song chronology ever published.

Inside the Music of Brian Wilson The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of a Pop Legend Press Reviews

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Lambert's knowledge allows him to root Wilson's music exactly, and to detail its growth and the composer's ability to take the unexpected routes...its scholarly approach will fascinate. --Sanford Lakoff Here, author Lambert dissects every element of Wilsonworld and also provides an abundance of associated stories and intriguing insight. As a source of information, the book is invaluable...this is a welcome addition to the existing surf-sodden library. Fred Dellar, Mojo, May 2007 --Sanford Lakoff Lambert's work is extraordinary for what it is, examining the young songwriter piece by piece as Wilson teases out his own voice. It's not exactly poetry, but it is of extraordinary value. --Sanford Lakoff Times -Mention. San Gabriel Valley Newspapers, June 10, 2007 --Sanford Lakoff Now, Philip Lambert chimes in with Inside the Music of Brian Wilson, which does in fact break new ground...Lambert demonstrates that in the work of composers such as Wilson, popular music can be much more than three minutes of ear candy. - Erik Himmelsbach--Sanford Lakoff Inside the Music of Brian Wilson: The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys' Founding Genius is a pick any Beach Boys fan needs: while Brian Wilson's life has received extensive documentation in other biographies, here the focus is solely on his music, not his life and what a welcome change that is, for fans of his sound...Rock music collections will find it an invaluable exploration. - The Internet Bookwatch, July 2007--Sanford Lakoff Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name: Table Normal ; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow: yes; mso-style-parent: ; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman ; mso-ansi-language: #0400; mso-fareast-language: #0400; mso-bidi-language: #0400;} Was awarded the title of Best History in the Recorded Rock Music category of the ARSC's annual book awards

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826418777
Publication date: 17th May 2007
Author: Philip Lambert
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 418 pages
Categories: Rock & Pop music,

About Philip Lambert

Philip Lambert teaches courses in music theory, 20th century music, and music history at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He has also taught at Yale University and the Eastman School of Music.

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