How do you make a documentary about Brian Wilson without using any Beach Boys music? And why
would you? The why is easy: Legal wrangles between Wilson and fellow ex-Beach Boy Mike Love rendered the classic recordings untouchable. The how is tougher. Director Don Was, a respected record
producer, does his best to evoke the music, having Brian hum and sing his timelessly sweet melodies. But it's not quite the same. Still, the film can't help being interesting. Wilson's life has been a string of emotional disasters, and his fans are a Who's Who
of classic and contemporary rock:
John Cale, David Crosby, Thurston Moore, Tom Petty and Linda Ronstadt all sho...