As chief sonwriter for the Beach Boys, the group he formed
in 1962 with his brothers Carl and Dennis, cousin Mike Love and school chum
Al Jardine, Brian Wilson was the central plexus of that band: His songs
and musical arrgements shaped their sound.
By 1964 they were the biggest band in America, competing
head to head with the Beatles. But touring took its foll on the band's sensitive
leader; on a trip to Australia Brian had a nervous breakdown, and in late
1965 he retired from the road to concentrate on making music in the studio.....