Dennis Wilson Forever
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"Dennis Wilson: Eulogy-30 Years in the Making."
I've been a lifelong Beach Boys fan, I grew up listening to them from the earliest recordings, all the way to the Stars & Stripes "country" album. And everything in between. I've read all I could get my hands on, regarding TBB, and while I think Brian WAS the brains of the group, I do realize the entire band had talent in massive amount.
That said, this documentary was really just a bunch of random interviews with friends, family, musicians and acquaintances, all talking about how wonderful Dennis was. After about a third of the way into this doc, I realized I'm in for some propaganda. Nowhere is mentioned his friendship with Manson, his chronic drug use/abuse, his being near homeless by choice in the mid-late 70's or even his death by drowning. It was just a happy horse-s**t doc with everybody telling goofy antidotes about how silly Dennis was or what a great drummer Dennis was. Half way through the film, it did kinda take on a "Eulogy" feeling. When all you say are the good things, when you idealize the person, rather then a frank, "warts `n' all" documentary, which I foolishly thought I would see.
One more gripe: There isn't ONE NOTE heard of ANY Beach Boy tunes OR Dennis Wilson tunes. The only footage of Wilson found is at the very end, where you get a few minutes of B&W stuff from 1974.
Seeing how this film was made by those who knew & loved Dennis Wilson, it's a shame they couldn't put some music on this thing... There's a wealth of old 70's TV footage loaded with Dennis singing lead with the Beach Boys... Just spend a lil time on Youtube.
I LOVE The Beach Boys, individually and collectively... I did not care for this "documentary" al all.
The documentary is produced by Lime Pictures of Liverpool in association with Dusty Slider films and BBC Wales. Matt O'Casey is credited as director and co-producer, executive producers are Tony Wood and Paul Bullock, Jon Stebbins is the film's U.S. producer, and Howie Edelson is program consultant. The documentary is narrated by noted British DJ Mark Radcliffe who is also a drummer and a longtime fan of Dennis Wilson.
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...the creator of this Dennis Wilson docu would have included more film material (with sound, please!) on Dennis Wilson. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by C. Mathieu
......I really felt that I'd been taken. (a real "slap-in-the-face" for a true Beach Boy fan). Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Eric Walton
If you ever wonder if the beach boys Dennis Wilson ever recorded anything or not then stop worrying cause he did and here is the dvd to prove it. Read morePublished on October 5, 2008 by Rondall Banks