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Posted by Carol Kaye on March 03, 2000 at 10:30:59:
The main thing is about the music, but have to clear up some things.
No, Brian never offered any of us his gold records, nor appeared in his robe and no I never was at his house (Hal was tho'), most of that was made up. And Brian's character? Grotesque, a fairy-tale...he never was like that and as I understand after I stopped recording for him (about 1968), his main problem was that Landy guy. I never saw him take drugs and feel that he didn't do any more drugs than any other young person his age at tht time, that's a lot of hooey...he had some unresolved issues. Brian always had a great sense of humor, was absolutely totaly professional in the studios, was a great producer and no, never saw the Beach Boys in the studio at all except for a quick 2-3 mins. listening to a take and than with a wave they were all gone. We always cut tracks, never "with" the singers. Brian was easy to work for, we saw his talent grow like crazy and admired him and respected im, somethnig I hope in time movie makers and journalists will all do too....I hate this trash and it's a shame so many fine talents gave their all (all the musicians in the movie were real, spent a lot of time studying us, Tera Hendrickson, pretty lady who played me is a blues bassist) to have it turn out like a cartoon. I died laughing at the "drug den", and of coure it had to be a "musician" who turned Brian onto drugs (false), as "no-one" else uses drugs (trying to be funny here). Brian always has been, always will be a great guy, just think opposite of the movie and you have more the truth...that music was practically all HIS as a composer/producer/etc. And Phil Spector also, that was totally out of character, but the impact of the music in the studios -- that was real, the musicians were really playing (but you hear the film music) for the realism. I worked for Murry too on the Sun Rays stuff, he was pretty nice, but what I understand now of the home-life, that's another story. Yet, want to assure you all that Brian Wilson is a wonderful sweet man who is being maligned by this movie - I've worked a little bit for Brian lately, had dinner with he and his wonderful wife Melinda, etc. And another thing, Marilyn and her sister were never silly girls, they were very savvy. It's a shame as pt. I was pretty good, but pt. II? No wonder so many people I know just shut off the TV early and went to bed.
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