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Beach Boy Brian Wilson Trades Licks With Guitar God Jeff Beck

Brian Wilson

From early surf music to the universally lauded Pet Sounds, solo records, and influential production work, even Gershwin and Disney, Brian Wilson has done everything in his more than five decades in music. One of our greatest songwriters, Wilson has been honored by the Kennedy Center, the Grammy’s, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone ranked Wilson among its “100 Greatest Singers” and called the Beach Boys the 12th greatest group ever.

Wilson’s shadow is vast, his music helping to define an aspirational vision of America that remains a potent myth today. He’s also a well-known survivor, having overcome the depths of addiction, tragedy, and mental illness.

Now 71, he’s as busy as ever. First was the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary album and tour that wrapped up last year. And as he readies a new solo album, Wilson is back on the road with another legend, Jeff Beck, and fellow Beach Boys David Marks and Al Jardine. The tour will stop in Albany at the Palace Theatre on October 8.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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