TORONTO, April 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Random House Canada today announced the
acquisition of Canadian rights to publish a new memoir by rock & roll
music legend Brian Wilson.
Anne Collins, Publisher of The Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group who
acquired the book from Marc Gerald of The Agency Group in a major
pre-emptive negotiation, says: "Like millions of others, I've spent
hours, even days, transported by the joy and genius of Brian Wilson's
music. That he now is ready to tell the story of his life, in which he
at last has come through the tragedy, betrayals and illness that so
often threatened to dim that genius, is an epic publishing event. We're
thrilled to be part of it."
As the chief songwriter and producer of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson has
been making music for over fifty years and during that time he has
recorded some of the most iconic songs in American rock. Inducted into
the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and the recipient of the Kennedy
Center Honor in 2007, Wilson most recently recorded the critically
acclaimed That's Why God Made the Radio, with the Beach Boys and joined the group for their worldwide 50th anniversary tour in 2012. Pet Sounds, Wilson's masterwork from 1966, was named the #2 best album in rock
history by Rolling Stone and this year he received his second Grammy Award for Best Historical
Album for The SMiLE Sessions.
In his memoir Wilson, who will be working with Rolling Stone and Men's Journal editor Jason Fine, will describe for the first time the epic highs and
lows of his life - from his tumultuous relationship with his father,
the loss of his mother and brothers, his fears about live performance,
the struggles he faced to lead the Beach Boys away from surf music into
groundbreaking, experimental terrain, to his remarkable personal and
professional comeback from drug addiction and mental illness with the
support of his second wife Melinda. In this memoir Wilson will share a
new level of emotional honesty never before expressed in earlier books
"Life's better than it's been in the past twenty years. I'm having a
ball," says Wilson. "I'm 70 years old and it took me a long time to
learn a really simple thing: it's hard work to be happy."
Fans will be enthralled by Wilson's candid memories of the significant
events in his life — growing up middle-class in Hawthorne, California
with a natural gift for music despite being born deaf in one ear, his
family's refusal to acknowledge his emotional issues, the Beach Boys'
astronomical rise to fame, Wilson's nervous breakdown that led to his
decision to quit touring with the band, the launch of his masterwork Pet Sounds, and even his dangerous relationship with therapist Dr. Gene Landy.
"He's a complicated, highly sensitive, emotionally fragile, incredibly
gifted artist who has not lost an ounce of his prodigious talent and
has also found a measure of stability in his life and an ease within
himself that's eluded him for most of his adult life," says Fine of
Wilson. "And that's why now, for the first time, he's finally ready to
reflect on his life, and to tell his life story, as he's never told it
to anyone before."
The book is scheduled for publication in 2015.
Random House Canada is an imprint of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing
Group, a division of Random House of Canada Limited.
SOURCE: Random House of Canada Limited
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