My life has been written about over and over again and that s mostly okay with me Other people can talk about my life Sometimes they ll get it right and sometimes they ll get it wrong For me when I think back across my own life there are so many things that are painful Sometimes I don t like discussing them Sometimes I don t even like remembering them But as I get older the shape of that pain has changed Sometimes memories come back to me when I least expect them Maybe that s the only way it works when you ve lived the life I ve lived starting a band with my brothers that was managed by my father watching my father become difficult and then impossible watching myself become difficult and then impossible watching women I loved come and go watching children come into the world watching my brothers get older watching them pass out of the world Some of those things shaped me Others scarred me Sometimes it was hard to tell the difference When I watched my father fly into a rage and take swings at me and my brothers was that shaping or scarring When we watched him grow frustrated with his day job and take solace in music was that shaping or scarring Those are all memories but I can t get to them all at once I ve had a whole lifetime to take them in Now I have a whole book to put them out there Excerpt from I Am Brian Wilson They say there are no second acts in American lives and third acts are almost unheard of That s part of what makes Brian Wilson s story so astonishing As a cofounding member of the Beach Boys in the 1960s Wilson created some of the most groundbreaking and timeless popular music ever recorded With intricate harmonies symphonic structures and wide eyed lyrics that explored life s most transcendent joys and deepest sorrows songs like In My Room God Only Knows and Good Vibrations forever expanded the possibilities of pop songwriting Derailed in the 1970s by mental illness drug use and the shifting for