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Beach Boys founder and troubled musical mastermind Brian Wilson is at work on a memoir.

Wilson founded the Beach Boys in a Los Angeles suburb in 1961 with his brothers Dennis and Carl, their cousin, Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine.

The group went on to worldwide fame as the kings of the 1960s California sound. In the decades since, Wilson has been hailed as a musical genius, even as he has struggled with mental illness and drug abuse.

The Beach Boys 1966 – Bruce Johnston, Carl Wilson, Mike Love,
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His life story is the subject of the 2014 movie Love & Mercy.

In a brief advance excerpt published by the New York Times, Wilson wrote, “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.

The autobiography, titled I Am Brian Wilson, is scheduled for release in October through Da Capo Press. aap