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Read an Excerpt From Brian Wilson's Upcoming Memoir

April 11, 2016

Brian Wilson's long-in-the-works memoir I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir has set a release date: October 11th. The Beach Boys legend first announced he was working on the autobiography in 2013. In addition to news of the memoir's arrival, De Capo...

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Beach Boys Ready Giant 'Pet Sounds' 50th Anniversary Reissue

March 23, 2016

The Beach Boys will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their classic 1966 LP Pet Sounds with an expanded collection that presents the remastered album in both stereo and mono forms alongside studio sessions outtakes, alternate mixes and unreleased...

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Watch Beach Boys' Touching Tribute to Nancy Reagan

March 7, 2016

The Beach Boys, who performed at President Ronald Reagan's 1985 inaugural ball, paid tribute to Nancy Reagan Sunday night at their concert in Abilene, Texas, just hours after it was revealed that the former first lady had died at the age of 94. For the...

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Brian Wilson Plots World Tour, Final 'Pet Sounds' Shows

January 25, 2016

Brian Wilson has announced a massive world tour to honor the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds, the Beach Boys' groundbreaking 1966 LP. The 70-plus date trek begins March 26th in Auckland, Australia, progressing through Japan and Europe. The American...

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The Ballad of Mike Love

February 17, 2016

Mike Love bounds up the stairs inside his massive Lake Tahoe home (10 bedrooms in all, 12 bathrooms, two elevators, not to be believed) and into a large walk-in closet stuffed to overflowing with garish, multicolored shirts and a gazillion baseball...

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Hear Phoenix, Bill Murray Cover Lost Beach Boys Holiday Song

December 4, 2015

Phoenix and Bill Murray unite their disparate musical talents – namely, synth-rock elegance and hammy vocal hilarity – for their cover of "Alone on Christmas Day," a bittersweet Beach Boys holiday tune written in 1979, but never...

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Hear Mike Love's Spirited, Bittersweet New Christmas Song

November 6, 2015

With Halloween in the rearview, the Beach Boys' Mike Love is getting into the holiday spirit as quickly as possible, releasing "(You'll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day," a new version of an old yuletide bootleg available exclusively on Rolling Stone. Related:...

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Brian Wilson, Paul Dano Play Beach Boys Hits at L.A. Gig

October 13, 2015

For a nervous moment, actor Paul Dano stood quietly onstage Monday night at a Los Angeles jazz club, gripping a microphone with both hands to sing a 1966 Beach Boys classic, "You Still Believe in Me." At the keyboard beside him was the man who co-authored...

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Brian Wilson's Better Days

June 22, 2015

Almost any day in L.A., you could find Brian Wilson pretty easily if you wanted to, sitting in a booth by the window at the Beverly Glen Deli, with a bowl of blueberries and a hamburger, or shuffling along the path of a tree-shaded park near his home...

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Watch Flaming Lips Perform 'Good Vibrations'

June 3, 2015

The Flaming Lips joined a roster of high-profile bands to honor Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson at the March tribute concert Brian Fest. In the above video – the first installment of a two-part documentary – the Lips...

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Brian Wilson: The Music That Made Me

May 8, 2015

1. "Rhapsody in Blue," George Gershwin, 1924"Rhapsody in Blue" is the first song I ever heard. When I was a little boy, very young, I heard it and said, "Mom, Mom, play it again!" I loved the part where the violins came in. I just got this overwhelmingly...

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Hear Brian Wilson's Sunny 'Sail Away'

March 24, 2015

Brian Wilson wants to "follow the sun to the white sand beaches" on his lush new single, "Sail Away." The track, which finds the singer-songwriter harmonizing with fellow Beach Boys alumni Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine, premiered Monday at Wall Street...

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See Brian Wilson's Struggle in 'Love & Mercy' Trailer

February 26, 2015

The first trailer for the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy shows the Beach Boys singer-songwriter struggling to craft "the greatest album ever made" and clashing with his bandmates. In the film, Paul Dano plays Wilson in his younger years, while John...

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Hear Beach Boys' Stripped-Down Bob Dylan and Beatles Covers

November 20, 2015

An upcoming, expanded edition of the Beach Boys' 1965 album Beach Boys' Party! will present the group's original unplugged, raw recordings of the album's songs without the original LP's canned audience cheering. The band's covers of Bob Dylan's...

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Flashback: Brian Wilson Launches First Solo Tour in 1999

October 13, 2015

In the spring of 1999, Brian Wilson put aside his decades-long aversion to touring and hit the road for the first time as a solo artist. He was ostensibly supporting his new album Imagination, but of the 29 songs in the show only three came from...

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Bruce Springsteen Performs With Brian Wilson In New Jersey

July 2, 2015

Bruce Springsteen has kept a low public profile this year, but popped up onstage Wednesday night at the PNC Banks Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey to join Brian Wilson during the show's encore. Wearing a black baseball cap, Springsteen...

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Flashback: Belushi and Aykroyd Force Brian Wilson to Surf

June 18, 2015

The Beach Boys were in the middle of a major comeback when they hit the road in the summer of 1976 to promote their new album, 15 Big Ones. Earlier in the decade they were struggling to fill theaters and seemed hopelessly passé, but the...

Love & Mercy

June 3, 2015

You gotta love a biopic that shakes things up. Just like Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys innovator whose gifts as singer, songwriter and producer were based on experimentation. Instead of one actor to portray Wilson, sidelined by drugs and mental illness,...

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Flashback: The 'Full House' Gang Jams With the Beach Boys

April 23, 2015

Full House posed all sorts of questions that were never fully answered. How did Jesse manage to work as an exterminator, radio host, advertising executive and nightclub owner while still finding time to front Jesse and the Rippers, raise his own family...

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Brian Wilson Tribute Concert Planned for Los Angeles

March 3, 2015

Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson will be the subject of a tribute concert in Los Angeles at the end of the month in anticipation of his upcoming new solo album, No Pier Pressure. The show – officially titled "Brian Fest: A Night to Celebrate...

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