BOSTON, MA (April 15, 2013) - Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, announced today that it has acquired US rights to publish the autobiography of music legend Brian Wilson. Da Capo Executive Editor Ben Schafer made the acquisition from Marc Gerald, Head of the US Literary Division of the Agency Group.
“I’ve been working harder in the last ten years than I ever did in my whole career,” Brian Wilson says. “And I love it! I love working. I started the Beach Boys when I was still in high school, and I guess I’ve never spent too much time thinking about all the things we went through—all the good times and bad times. I don’t like to dwell on the bad times, it makes me sad in my heart. But I feel a little stronger now. And I’m feeling a little bit like maybe now is a good time to look back.”
As the chief songwriter and producer of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson has been making music for over fifty years—and during that time has recorded some of the most iconic songs in American rock. Pet Sounds, Wilson’s masterwork from 1966, was named the #2 best album in rock history by Rolling Stone. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and the recipient of a 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. In February of this year he received a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album for The SMiLE Sessions.
For his memoir Wilson will be working with Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal editor Jason Fine. Wilson 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, and the struggles he faced to lead the Beach Boys away from surf music into experimental terrain to his remarkable personal and professional comeback from drug addiction and mental illness with the support of his second wife, Melinda. He will share a new level of emotional honesty never before expressed in earlier books about him.
John Radziewicz, Publisher of Da Capo Press, says: “On every level—musical, personal, cultural—this is a story that begs to be told. ‘Icon’ and ‘legend’ are frequently overused words, but they apply perfectly here. We’re thrilled to have Brian Wilson on the Da Capo list.”