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The Beach Boys virtually invented California rock. Brian Wilson's songs celebrated an idealized California teenhood — surfing, driving, dating — and his productions were glossy perfection with an ultra-smooth blend of guitars and vocal harmonies. While the Beach Boys attempted more grown-up topics in the late 1960s, they survived into the late 1990s primarily as America's premier nostalgia act. Through the years, the Beach Boys have not only been "America's band," but arguably one of the greatest American rock bands ever selling well over 65 million records worldwide. Just as the Beach Boys star seemed to fade in the new millennium, Brian Wilson began to overcome many of his demons performing live again and finally releasing SMiLE his long-awaited "teen symphony to God" no one ever expected to see the light of day.

Brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson were encouraged by their parents, Murray and Audree, to do music and sports. Brian was a varsity baseball player at suburban Hawthorne High when he began to work seriously on music. His first band included brothers Dennis and Carl (who was expelled from Hawthorne for going to the bathroom without permission), cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. As the Pendletones, Kenny and the Cadets (Brian was "Kenny"), or Carl and the Passions, the group played local gigs. At Dennis' suggestion, Love and Brian wrote "Surfin'," which became a regional hit on the soon defunct Candix ...

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