Thanks Jon- Wow! Yes that makes a great companion to your book. It kept stopping but I got through a good 7/8 of it before it was stopped most of the time. So I hope we'll be able to buy the dvd some day. Thanks for all you do.
Roach are our guides through this second act, and we hear what it was like to be around Dennis and his circle of friends directly from their own mouths. Thankfully, the producers resist the obvious temptation, and don’t get bogged down in Manson stories – they keep their eyes on the music, and crisp narration from Stebbins and Jakobson keeps the story on track. Ed Roach’s enthusiasm is infectious as he vividly recalls Dennis’ blossoming creativity, and the music continues to take center stage as we meet Beach Boys recording engineer and friend John Hanlon. Hanlon becomes a key player in the narrative, as he reveals the process of recording with Dennis – efforts that soon lead to his first and only released solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue. Hanlon takes us into the studio for what will be one of the most thrilling passages of the film for Dennis Wilson fans. As Hanlon works the boards, and we hear the swelling sounds of Dennis’ compositions, we feel privileged to hear him discuss the process of recording with Dennis so intimately, and we share in his joy and amazement as he tries to explain what it was like to work on those tapes again in 2008, and to hear songs again that he hadn’t heard in over 30 years.
This is the greatest success of this film: The emotional power of the music itself begins to supplant the attention usually focused on the circumstances of Dennis life and death. This emotional content becomes almost palpable as his sons Michael and Carl B. talk intimately about re-discovering their father’s music, and mining the emotional depths of the work as adults, and artists in their own right.
As this final chapter ebbs to a close, we become witnesses - through the eyes of those who knew him best - to the heartbreaking dissolution of Dennis’ life in his last years: the loss of his loves, his studio, his beloved boat, his voice, his self control. While some may see this decline as the train wreck one can’t look away from, those who have heard the music created at the end of his music-making period can’t help but feel a profound longing for what might have been.
Friends Marks, Jakobson, and Roach betray this heartbreak and sense of loss as they recall Wilson’s final days. As we walk with Ed Roach to the boat slip where Dennis died, having been so skillfully escorted through the story of his life, we participate in that same sense of loss.
But the story doesn’t end there. The triumphant tale of the completion of the tracks for Dennis’ unreleased follow up, Bambu, is the real end of this story, and one that can, at long last, be told. It is to this film’s credit that we are left with a feeling of joy, knowing that the musical legacy of Dennis Wilson has finally been given its due, and is now a documented part of musical history.
(So glad you liked it, Dan, & thank you for the kind words! Ed)
Can someone please tell me why we fans of Dennis cannot see this wonderful, long awaited documentary in the states???? I understand it's produced by folks in the U.K., but geez why is it that they always get these things first??? Smile was premiered there, etc. Come on, afterall, the Beach Boys were born here in the states!!!
You did a great job, Ed. It wouldn't have worked without you.
Oh and Donna........I should have copies of this pretty soon and should be able to send you one if you like
Mr Stebbins please take off those silly sunglasses especially indoors !!
I would like to purchase a copy of the Dennis Wilson biography showing on the BBC. Where can I purchase one?
I also would like to know if this can purchased. I had to work and missed the entire show. Any info would be great. Thanks
man...remember the good ol' days when folks had VCRs, and could set them to videotape the shows they would miss...before THE MAN took them away from us!!
We've lost control of our own destiny under the guise of digital enhancement, and yet, we watch crappy quality clips on tiny youtube windows and LOVE it.
I'm keeping my VCR
Just got to see the Dennis doc and must say "fantastic!"
It's good to be able to put faces and voices to Dennis's friends. I loved David showing us around the old neighborhood . Seeing Ed and the folks Dennis worked with in the studio. It does leave a couple questions,one being what was Ed doing up in Christine's bedroom when Dennis burned down the pool house?...hmmm?
For those who missed it the Dennis Wilson documentary will be repeated at 10.30pm on Saturday 6th March on BBC4. It is also available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer until 10pm Friday 5th.
Chineese version of youtube is helpful, if you havent seen the documentary here it is:
Thanks for posting that link. I missed both times it was on TV and it was great to finally be able to see this. Again, thank you very much.