Finally, a bio on Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys.
Publishing at the end of September, Long Promised Road: Carl Wilson, Soul of the Beach Boys – The Biography, is a long overdue bio on someone who I think has not got enough attention in recent years. Brian Wilson of course has received so much attention and deservedly so – Brian’s battling mental illness, his various comebacks, being musically productive is compelling, and he is, after all, still alive (Carl sadly passed away in 1998 at the young age of 51 due to cancer). I’ve always thought, though, that attention and recognition has obscured the huge contributions Carl made and how important he was to the continued survival of the band after Brian retreated to his bedroom in the late 60’s. Beyond that, Carl had possibly the most beautiful voice in all of pop music (don’t argue, just listen to “God Only Knows”).
I can’t wait to read it and while I have the PDF of the book, an advance copy should be arriving any day now ((full disclosure: I’m the publicist & marketing manager for the book). I still prefer a physical book!
For me, I’ve always been fascinated with Carl and The Beach Boys music from the late 60’s thru the mid 70’s. It was Carl who really kept the band going, blossoming into a great songwriter. Those early 70’s albums – Holland, Surf’s Up, Sunflower, Carl & The Passions: So Tough” each have some great songs on them. If not for Carl, those albums wouldn’t exist. The legendary song “Surfs Up” might have remained unheard without Carl going thru the tapes of the SMILE sessions and painstakingly piecing together for the 1971 Surfs Up album. And Carl blossomed into a great songwriter in his own right. “Feel Flows”, “Long Promised Road” and “Trader” still sound great today. It was Carl that tried to keep the Beach Boys from turning into strictly a nostalgia act. It was a battle that went on throughout the 70’s that most would argue he lost. Regardless, at the end of the day, its the songs that matter, and fortunately Carl won enough of the battles for The Beach Boys to continue to make great music, mostly without Brian and, also thanks to Carl, became a formidable live act in the early 70’s. The latter due to Carl bringing in Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin.
If you want to read further about Carl and his life this article is worth your time.
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