Course DescriptionThe Beach Boys, distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs in the sixties, are one of the most critically acclaimed and widely influential bands of the rock era. This course follows Brian Wilson’s increasingly sophisticated songwriting and recording abilities as he led the group from the "California Sound" that reflected a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance to becoming a band that explored more personal lyrics and multi-layered sounds. We also examine the Pet Sounds album, which vaulted the group to the top level of rock innovators and established the band as symbols of the counterculture era, as well as subsequent seventies albums with lyrics that spoke about topics such as the environment, spirituality and civil liberties.
Course OutlineAn introduction to the Beach Boys — how the group came together, how Brian Wilson helped shape their sound through the years, and how they became an American institution.
Mary Ann Wilson