“A few years ago, it occurred to me that
the music industry had little regard for grownups…”
The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds
Long considered one of the rock era’s greatest albums, “Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys is also one of its most misunderstood. Despite the sunny singles, the achingly beautiful album is composer Brian Wilson’s cry for understanding and a sense of place in a tumultuous period that would lead to a psychological breakdown that would remove him from his gifts for decades. In what’s been described as “an experiment in music journalism,” Jim Fusilli explores the album, the band’s history and his deeply personal reaction to Wilson’s plight and the deeper meanings of the songs.