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

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | Biography | Music  -  27 August 1995 (USA)
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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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Brilliant, gut-wrenching look at a musical genius
31 March 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

I missed the Beach Boys when they hit big the first time around, but was introduced to the double LP, 'Endless Summer' that recharged their careers. Now they've gone through however many different incarnations, and Brian Wilson has been tabloid fodder many times over the past 10 years or so.

Famed music-producer Don Was decided it was his honor to pay tribute to a man who, indeed, was a musical genius, a man who's artistry influenced so, so many, both in the music business, and beyond.

In different ways, Keith Richards, through 'Hail, Hail, Rock and Roll' (the life of Chuck Berry), and Bruce Springsteen, with his 'Roy Orbison, A Black and White Night' made wonderful, lasting tributes to men who's musical contributions were cornerstone to a generation. After watching this film, I find Brian Wilson no less deserving.

The film is honest and fairly raw. There are many generous tributes from incredible stars, as well as recounts from family and friends. The framework is Wilson himself, telling his story, and this, of course is many times difficult to watch just due to the deterioration Wilson has experienced over his life. He seems lucid, and his memory is strong, but he struggles with speech and his focus is not real sharp at times.

It's a wonderful tribute, lovingly crafted. Music buffs and documentary hounds should lap this one up.


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