SON OF A BEACH BOY - MY DAD DENNIS WILSON
Hardcover, 224 Pages
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The entirely true and honest story of a boy and his rock and roll father (Drummer, Dennis Wilson.) Regarded as the sex symbol of one of the most prolific bands in musical history, Dennis, a long with his brother Brian Wilson, were haunted by their harsh and abusive father, resulting in a life time of substance abuse and Dennis' untimely death in a drowning accident in Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, C.A in 1983. His eldest son Scott has never got over the loss of his father and has led a pretty much carbon copy of his life. (The book is co based on Scott's own demons, some shocking, and the affects of having a very famous, yet deeply troubled father.) The un-sugar-coated story of self destruction, sex, drugs and Hollywood gone wrong! With contributions from fans, friends and former musicians etc. Black and white personal photographs. Hardcover.
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Aug 8, 2016I can remember once hearing the Dennis Wilson album 'Pacific Ocean Blue' and since then have always taken a keen interest in Dennis' music. It is sad there will never be another album. Or is there unreleased material out there, does any one know? Any how, I opted for the hardcover version of his son, Scott's memoirs, mainly as I thought it would last longer and it is very reasonably priced for a new release. There are three other versions I am led to believe on other stores, I don't know if I am permitted to mention, though one is an earlier edition minus the extra material by Carli Munoz etc, whose story I was very interested in reading about. There is very little about the other band members here, concentrating on Wilson's childhood with his father right until the present day, where Scott admits he still struggles to come to terms with Dennis' loss. This is a no punches tale of how Scott resented the end of his parents marriage, even Charlie Manson is briefly mentioned (giving... More > insight into the days when Manson was on the look out for Dennis.) Carole is largely featured as you might well imagine and brief descriptions of the times Scott visited his dad when he was married to other women. I doubt Scott will mind me mentioning he went off the rails a little, in fact quite a lot leading to him being sent to a school in S/America with shocking consequences. There's the music, Scott getting into trouble again, finding out he was not Dennis' biological son, which only added to his resentments, Dennis' battle with addictions (yet told in a sympathetic way, with his heart of gold always at the center of the story.) Oh yes, Scott getting trouble again and quite seriously after his fathers passing. But we all make mistakes right! Yes, I definitely enjoyed this book. Great to see the child of one of the band write their memoirs finally and especially enjoyed the rare photographs and as other people have mentioned those extra insights into Dennis Wilson's character at the end are an added bonus. RIP buddy. Such a terrible shame Wilson was so under rated by his father. A cool, easy read. Recommended for any one who is a Dennis Wilson fan or a Beach Boys fan. Respect to Scott Wilson for admitting to his past mistakes. Miss Powell tells it like Scott was sat in front of me telling me all about his life. Nice cover. Would have liked the color version of the book but far too expensive sadly. How about getting Scotty in for some book signings in stores?< Less
Aug 7, 2016Beautiful hardcover book. I already have this on paper back but because of price decided to get it on hardback (which is printed on cover not as a dustsheet.) Moving story from Scott's early childhood, where his mom met Dennis, to the present day and the sad highs and low points both endured in both Scott and Dennis' life. Love how it is written. Well done to author. Oh and nice extras at the end of the book inclusive of a gallery.
Jul 25, 2016Firstly, if it is a Beach Boys book you are wanting...forget this one! This is a DENNIS book, filled as told by his son Scott Wilson, focusing on his own life and the times he spent with his dad, (his hero) and the resentment he felt for his mother for divorcing him. A great insight into Dennis' role as a father, husband, a man whose life was one of heart breaking self destruction, leading Scott on very much on the same path. "We played Russian roulette with our lives when we believed we were partying," he describes, yet he knew full well, he was using drugs and substance abuse to hide his own demons, the fact he was adopted, the death of a parent, the death of a step brother and so many friends, women who used him to reach his famous father. I feel dizzy just imagining how terrible it has been for Scott. But the love of Dennis had for him shines through and why Scott has never come to terms with his loss. Very good book, well written and the author did a good job stepping... More > into Scott's shoes. Would recommend. Hard back copy ordered. Read this as a PDF previously.< Less
Jul 17, 2016Great writing brings the reader into the growing up world of Scott. An interesting and raw perspective of a child behind the shadow of someone as famous as Dennis. I am looking forward to future writings by Karen.
Jul 13, 2016There is nothing quite like an hardcover book. This one is great as the artwork is printed on the actual book no loose sleeve. As for the book. I actually read it as an e-book so I hope it is ok to leave my review here as I will be buying a copy. (As I said,there's nothing like the feel of a real book.) This one is a definite for Dennis Wilson fans as it practically concentrates on his life with his first wife, in fact his entire life and is written compassionately to help its readers understand why such a talented, kind man turned to drugs and alcohol, yet Scott is honest, revealing his dad was not always a great role model, father or husband. "He loved being part of a real family but there were times when his addictions made him selfish." Scott knows because he has walked in his dad's footsteps. "We were/are not bad people, far from it, my father was far from unkind but addiction can become a selfish illness," the troubled child and eventual adult explains. He... More > has struggled with addictions most of his life, even a prison sentence, failed relationships because he is a 'hard person to be with' he admits but he went on to to build the 'Landmark monument' in the Wilson brothers hometown after becoming a successful contractor and sorting his life out - or at least for a little while, always haunted by his dad's passing, which he feels guilty about for not being there to save him from his death. December is especially troublesome for him he reveals. This is like two stories in one. One all about Dennis, the other all about Scott's apparent difficult life path. It is very moving. I really cried when I read about how Scott found out about his dad's drowning and that he was not Dennis' biological son after so many years believing he was. (Scott you was his son. He raised you kiddo.) A total insight with added bonuses by friends, fans, musicians and such, to allow the readers to learn more about Dennis the man. Thanks for writing a truly amazing and honest (and I can imagine painful) account of your life growing up as 'the son of a Beach Boy.} Scott, No doubt about it, one for my collection! Well done to the little lady who helped Scott bring his story to our attention.< Less
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- Karen Lesley Powell (Standard Copyright License)
- Revised with extra chapters.
- July 12, 2016
- Hardcover (casewrap)
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.84 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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