Love and Mercy, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys

Brian Wilson wife Melinda and 5 adopted children 2012Brian and Melinda Wilson with their 5 adopted children 2012 at their sprawling Beverley Hills home: His dogs are so numerous he can hardly remember their names. See full story Inside the Beautiful Mind of Brian Wilson

Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group.[2] Because of his unorthodox approaches to song composition and arrangement and mastery of recording techniques, he is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative and influential creative forces in popular music by critics and musicians alike. Source [3][4] Wikipedia

Love & Mercy is a 2014 American biographical film directed by Bill Pohlad about musician and songwriter Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. The film, deriving its title from the 1988 song by Wilson, is presented in a parallel narrative covering two specific time periods of Wilson’s life: the 1960s and the 1980s. Actors Paul Dano and John Cusack depict the young and old Wilson, respectively, with Elizabeth Banks as Wilson’s second wife, Melinda, and Paul Giamatti as psychotherapist Dr. Eugene Landy. It was distributed internationally by Lions Gate Entertainment and in the United States by Roadside Attractions on June 5, 2015. Source Wikipedia

LOVE&MERCY | Featurette | In Theaters June 5

The Beach Boys are an American rock band, formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group’s original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine. Emerging at the vanguard of the “California Sound”, the band’s early music gained international popularity for their distinct vocal harmonies and lyrics evoking a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. Influenced by jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and doo-wop, Brian led the band to experiment with several genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and baroque while devising novel approaches to music production and arranging. While initially managed by the Wilsons’ father Murry, Brian’s creative ambitions and sophisticated songwriting abilities dominated the group’s musical direction (Source Wikipedia)

Love and Mercy Trailer

A beagle playing Brian Wilson’s beagle Banana and a weimaraner playing Brian Willson’s weimaraner Louie in the movie Love and Mercy

Beach Boys song Caroline No with Brian Wilson’s beagle Banana, and Louie, a dark brown Weimaraner barking at the end of the song. Inside the Music of Brian Wilson by Philip Lambert p 252 “The dogs (Banana and Louie), meanwhile, offer their own more earthbound commentary. With their hypersensitivity and more acute sense of hearing, they communicate an understanding of what has transpired-and of life in general-that transcends human comprehension. These are the “pet sounds” Brian has given us, the poetry in sound that has reached deep into our consciousness to send messages that can’t be communicated any other way. Don’t talk, the music says, just put your head on his shoulder and listen


Brian Wilsons dogs Banana and LouieBrian Wilson’s beagle Banana and his weimaraner Louie

Brian Wilson and his dogs Banana and Louie pet soundsBrian Wilson and his beagle Banana and his weimaraner Louie

Album Liner Notes:Brian Wilson’s dogs Banana and Louie
Interviewer: Regarding Brian Wilson’s song “Caroline No” Tell me about Banana and Louie.
BRIAN: “Oh, my two dogs. Oh, I loved them. [Quieter] They both died. I took a tape recorder and I recorded their barks. And we went down and we looked through some sound effects tapes and we found a train. So we just put it all together.”

Creative Loafing July 29 2000 interview Brian Wilson had five dogs — three Yorkshire terriers, a Maltese and big black poodle. We used to have cats, but we got rid of them. Read entire interview

Good Vibratiions Brian Wilson and the Beach BoysGood Vibrations” is a song by American rock band the Beach Boys, released as a single in October 1966. The song was composed and produced by Brian Wilson with lyrics by Mike Love.

Wilson has recounted that the genesis of the title “Good Vibrations” came from when his mother explained to him as a child that dogs sometimes bark at people in response to their bad vibrations. Fascinated by the concept, Wilson turned it into the general idea of limbic resonance or extrasensory perception, and developed the rest of the song as it was recorded. Wikipedia Good Vibrations

Art That Shook The World: Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds Part 1

Art That Shook The World: Brian Wilson of  The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds Part 2

Pet Sounds Record Jacket with Brian Wilsons DogsThere are two dogs in this  Pet Sounds Record Jacket I assume they are Brian’s although one of them doesn’t resemble either Louie or Bananna if you notice the markings on one of the dogs.

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