Essays, Articles, and Interviews
The Beach Boys: brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike Love.
Dennis was the middle brother and drummer for the band.
As the group evolved, Dennis emerged as a formidable musician and songwriter.
The following is an evolving archive of interviews, essays, and features focusing on Dennis and his music. Some of these essays appeared in the music press and are long since out of print. Some of them were written especially for this website. All of them reveal a unique perspective on Dennis Wilson as a musician, composer and solo artist. Each piece sheds light on Dennis' work and unique contribution to the history of rock music.
Dennis Wilson, an Introduction by Dan Addington
Pacific Ocean Blue by Andrew G Doe
The History of Bamboo by Dan Addington
Requiem for The Beach Boy by David Leaf
The Drummer With the Knack Was a Surfer by Domenic Priore
Bamboo in Context:
The Final Works of Dennis Wilson by Dan Addington
Track-by-Track notes for
"BAMBOO" and "DREAMER: The Best of Denny" by Jason Penick
Memories of Dennis by Gerry Ashley
Marina Dell Dennis
A poem by Bill Bentley
An Interview with Darryl Dragon
by Adam Webb
No Beginning, No End, No Speed Limit
Two Lane Blacktop by Adam Webb
REPRINTED ARTICLES and INTERVIEWS:
NEW! All Alone and On The Beach Circus Magazine, September 1977
Dennis Flies Solo Rock Magazine, May 1977
Songs in the Key of Sea
by Kingsley Abbott, Mojo Magazine, March, 1998
Interview - Dennis Wilson: Not Just one of the (Beach) Boys
by Jim Girard, Scene Magazine, January, 1977
On The Road With The New Hollywood: The Making of Two Lane Blacktop
by Shelly Benoit, Show Magazine, March 1971
Epic Bio/Press Release for
PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE Issued September, 1977
Dennis Wilson: It's About Time
An interview with Dennis Wilson by David Leaf Pet Sounds, September, 1977
OFFSITE ARTICLES and INTERVIEWS:
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Thanks To J.E. Morris at Cinetropic.com
Death of a Beach Boy People Magazine, January 16, 1984
On Route 66, Filming Two - Lane Blacktop Rolling Stone, October 15, 1970
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