Showtime has announced it’s picked up a new documentary chronicling the making of Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys classic that helped transform pop music when it was released 50 years ago. The film, titled Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds, will feature interviews with surviving band members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks, as well as archival footage from the album’s recording sessions. It’s set to air in April.
Pet Sounds and its creation marked a famous departure from the Beach Boys’ breezier early work. Wilson reportedly suffered a panic attack as the band was heading out on tour and stayed behind to write and record while the rest of the group performed across the country. The lush, complex tunes he created in that period, with the help of a legendary assembly of studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew, would go on to form the basis of Pet Sounds and the more psychedelic style of The Beach Boys’ divisive latter-day albums.
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