Just about everybody knows about Brian Wilson. “Oh, yeah…he was a musical genius.” “Oh, yeah…he had a nervous breakdown.” “Oh, yeah…we went nuts, didn’t he?”
Well, you don’t know the HALF of it.
I’ve been reading his own story in the book Wouldn’t It Be Nice, which he co-wrote with Todd Gold. Man, Brian Wilson was SERIOUSLY messed up. And it wasn’t from drugs, and it wasn’t from fame, and it wasn’t from any of the other excesses normally attributed to rock-n-roll success.
It was because of his father.
This is a good read.