The Beach Boys are three brothers (Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Carl Wilson), one cousin (Mike Love), a friend (Al Jardine), and a father (Murry Wilson), who accompanied and drove their first steps. This surfer (family) band would become one of the most famous brands of the 20th century.
However, the brothers’ personal story is more like a tragedy, beginning with Brian Wilson’s retreat from the limelight in 1964 due to multiple nervous breakdowns. But they benefit from this stroke of fate in the period that follows. With Brian, a band member rises to the executive floor. Thanks to him, they have become the first self-produced band that gave free rein to their artistic inclinations entirely independently.
The album ‘Pet Sounds’ was to become a turning point from mainstream to prog rock. Her modern prog rock doesn’t sell like her big ‘surfer music’ (mainstream) successes, of course. Still, it was artistically precious and inspiring for many other musicians of her and subsequent generations. In the seventies, however, the ‘Beach Boys’ became quieter. Dennis later quarreled with Mike Love, and it developed a Power struggle for leadership between them. In 1983 he died on a dive where he was risky drunk. In 1988 they (newly formed) did another number 1 hit with ‘Cocomo’ from the “Cocktail” soundtrack. Carl Wilson, the most stable of the brothers in all respects, died of cancer in 1998.
Nowadays, Brian is touring the USA alone, heavily marked by his past. On the one hand, he has always been the ‘mastermind’ in the background. On the other hand, his unstable psyche and sometimes excessive drug use often brought him close to the abyss.