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Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (1995)

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I Just Wasn't Made for These Times is a documentary about the life of Brian Wilson, the musical mastermind and songwriter for the Beach Boys. The film examines the ups and downs of Wilson's... See full summary »

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I Just Wasn't Made for These Times is a documentary about the life of Brian Wilson, the musical mastermind and songwriter for the Beach Boys. The film examines the ups and downs of Wilson's life, including the early years of the Beach Boys, his years of substance abuse, and his long road to recovery. The film was directed by music producer Don Was, who also worked on the soundtrack for Backbeat, a film about the early days of the Beatles. Written by Chuck Tomlinson <tomlinso@chemsun.chem.umn.edu>

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I wish I had a better way with words
16 November 2003 | by (Edinburgh,Scotland) – See all my reviews

An amazing film which shows how strong Brian Wilson really is if he can survive all that he went through and come out the other side and be the performer that he is today.His music will still be talked about in 50 years time,the music that a generation grew up to and the music that's making a new generation of fans realise that there's more to music than image and miming.He has quite rightly earned his place among the few artists who deserve to be called a genius. A film that is a must for any Brian Wilson/Beach Boys fan.


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