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In 1966, Brian Wilson planned to follow up the Beach Boys' groundbreaking album Pet Sounds with an even bigger musical statement. He was writing a teenage symphony to God. That album, Smile, was never finished. Instead, Brian slowly unraveled, as the pressure to make something profound weighed heavy on him. He worried that he wasn’t good enough. He worried that he was a failure in the eyes of the record company, his band, his peers, and his own father. He thought his house was bugged. He thought the music he was making conjured some strange voodoo that had a disastrous impact on the real world. He became paranoid. He self-medicated with amphetamines, hash, and LSD. He held meetings in his swimming pool. He imagined people who weren’t there. And eventually, in 1967, he went off the proverbial deep end. Did the real Brian Wilson ever resurface? Part true crime, part historical fiction, part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, and featuring the fictionalized voice Brian Wilson, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. Because you can’t push the needle into the red without leaving a little blood on the tracks.

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS Season 4: The Brian Wilson Story Double Elvis

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In 1966, Brian Wilson planned to follow up the Beach Boys' groundbreaking album Pet Sounds with an even bigger musical statement. He was writing a teenage symphony to God. That album, Smile, was never finished. Instead, Brian slowly unraveled, as the pressure to make something profound weighed heavy on him. He worried that he wasn’t good enough. He worried that he was a failure in the eyes of the record company, his band, his peers, and his own father. He thought his house was bugged. He thought the music he was making conjured some strange voodoo that had a disastrous impact on the real world. He became paranoid. He self-medicated with amphetamines, hash, and LSD. He held meetings in his swimming pool. He imagined people who weren’t there. And eventually, in 1967, he went off the proverbial deep end. Did the real Brian Wilson ever resurface? Part true crime, part historical fiction, part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, and featuring the fictionalized voice Brian Wilson, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. Because you can’t push the needle into the red without leaving a little blood on the tracks.

    Brian Wilson Is…Back? (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 8)

    Brian Wilson Is…Back? (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 8)

    The Beach Boys stage an intervention to get Brian the help he needs just as he reaches what he thinks is the bottom. He’s pulled out of the darkness by a doctor – a man Brian immediately recognizes as his savior. But Brian’s vision isn’t clear. He can’t see the doctor for who he really is: not the person who will set Brian free, but rather keep him trapped in a different kind of prison.
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    • 35 min
    Brian Wilson Is Sailing On (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 7)

    Brian Wilson Is Sailing On (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 7)

    Brian continues to lose control. And not just of his band and the music he makes. He loses self-control and becomes so dependent on drugs that he pays someone to deliver them to him. He loses control of his car and nearly kills himself in a crash. And then he loses control of himself – in front of one of the biggest rock ‘n roll stars of all time.
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    • 31 min
    Brian Wilson Isn’t Himself (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 6)

    Brian Wilson Isn’t Himself (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 6)

    After months of frustration, the Beach Boys abandon Smile to work on new music. But for Brian it’s not that easy. He’s quickly losing control. He’s betrayed by those meant to be closest to him. And one of his brothers is flirting with a dark and disturbing group of people living on the fringes of society…a so-called family that may or may not infiltrate the warm and sunny climes of the Beach Boys’ world.

    SOURCES

    Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brain Wilson, by Peter Ames Carlin

    I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir, by Brian Wilson with Ben Greenman

    Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, by Charles L. Granata

    The Beach Boys second place in the sonic space race: 'Smiley Smile' (Far Out)

    The flight that changed Beach Boy Brian Wilson's life forever (Far Out)

    The astonishing genius of Brian Wilson (The Guardian)

    The Truth About The Beach Boys Album Smiley Smile (Grunge)

    Discover the story behind The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE' (Goldmine)

    A SMiLE In The Echo Chamber - The Beach Boys Lost Masterpiece (The Big Takeover)

    The tragic story of how Brian Wilson's career was almost destroyed by a rogue doctor (Smooth Radio)

    “Good Vibrations” and the Lost Studio Footage (YouTube)

    The Making Of…the Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ (Uncut)

    Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile

    Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (PBS)

    Bad Vibrations: Brian Wilson Sues Collaborator (Rolling Stone)

    Brian Wilson Talks Mental Illness, Drugs and Beach Boys (Rolling Stone)

    ELTON JOHN & BRIAN WILSON - Wouldn't It Be Nice (Live, 2001)

    Inside the twisted relationship between Eugene Landy and Brian Wilson (Far Out)

    How one quack doctor almost destroyed Brian Wilson’s career (NY Post)

    'One of Charles Manson's murderers gang babysat my two children' says Beach Boys star Mike Love (Daily Mail)

    The Beach Boys battle: Why does Brian Wilson hate Mike Love? (Far Out)

    The True Story Behind The Film 'Love And Mercy' (Ranker)

    Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson’s Lost Masterpiece, by Domenic Priore

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    BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is part true crime, part historical fiction, and part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND.   For more shows like Blood on the Tracks, check out www.doubleelvis.com 

    To hear previous seasons of Blood on the Tracks  (Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Phil Spector), check out: https://bloodonthetrackspod.com/ 
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    • 36 min
    Brian Wilson Is…a Son (The Brian Wilson Story Chapter 5)

    Brian Wilson Is…a Son (The Brian Wilson Story Chapter 5)

    Brian’s troubled relationship with his controlling and abusive father comes into focus. Paul McCartney stops by a California recording studio to chew some celery into a microphone. And the tragedies of the past threaten to echo endlessly into the future.

    SOURCES

    Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brain Wilson, by Peter Ames Carlin

    I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir, by Brian Wilson with Ben Greenman

    Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, by Charles L. Granata

    The Beach Boys second place in the sonic space race: 'Smiley Smile' (Far Out)

    The flight that changed Beach Boy Brian Wilson's life forever (Far Out)

    The astonishing genius of Brian Wilson (The Guardian)

    The Truth About The Beach Boys Album Smiley Smile (Grunge)

    Discover the story behind The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE' (Goldmine)

    A SMiLE In The Echo Chamber - The Beach Boys Lost Masterpiece (The Big Takeover)

    The tragic story of how Brian Wilson's career was almost destroyed by a rogue doctor (Smooth Radio)

    “Good Vibrations” and the Lost Studio Footage (YouTube)

    The Making Of…the Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ (Uncut)

    Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile

    Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (PBS)

    Bad Vibrations: Brian Wilson Sues Collaborator (Rolling Stone)

    Brian Wilson Talks Mental Illness, Drugs and Beach Boys (Rolling Stone)

    ELTON JOHN & BRIAN WILSON - Wouldn't It Be Nice (Live, 2001)

    Inside the twisted relationship between Eugene Landy and Brian Wilson (Far Out)

    How one quack doctor almost destroyed Brian Wilson’s career (NY Post)

    'One of Charles Manson's murderers gang babysat my two children' says Beach Boys star Mike Love (Daily Mail)

    The Beach Boys battle: Why does Brian Wilson hate Mike Love? (Far Out)

    The True Story Behind The Film 'Love And Mercy' (Ranker)

    Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson’s Lost Masterpiece, by Domenic Priore

    For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow:


    Instagram: @DoubleElvis @disgracelandpod
    Twitter: @DoubleElvisFm @disgracelandpod
    Tik Tok @Disgracelandpod 
    Pinterest: @doubleelvisfm 
    Facebook: Double Elvis Productions

    BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is part true crime, part historical fiction, and part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND.   For more shows like Blood on the Tracks, check out www.doubleelvis.com 

    To hear previous seasons of Blood on the Tracks  (Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Phil Spector), check out: https://bloodonthetrackspod.com/ 

     
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    • 32 min
    Brian Wilson Is in the Deep End (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 4)

    Brian Wilson Is in the Deep End (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 4)

    Brian is haunted by the Monterey Pop Festival, John Lennon’s voice, and the disapproval of his fellow Beach Boys. He finally goes off the deep end – literally, straight into the deep end of his pool where he holds band meetings, far away from the prying eyes and ears of the people he thinks are watching him.

    SOURCES

    Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brain Wilson, by Peter Ames Carlin

    I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir, by Brian Wilson with Ben Greenman

    Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, by Charles L. Granata

    The Beach Boys second place in the sonic space race: 'Smiley Smile' (Far Out)

    The flight that changed Beach Boy Brian Wilson's life forever (Far Out)

    The astonishing genius of Brian Wilson (The Guardian)

    The Truth About The Beach Boys Album Smiley Smile (Grunge)

    Discover the story behind The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE' (Goldmine)

    A SMiLE In The Echo Chamber - The Beach Boys Lost Masterpiece (The Big Takeover)

    The tragic story of how Brian Wilson's career was almost destroyed by a rogue doctor (Smooth Radio)

    “Good Vibrations” and the Lost Studio Footage (YouTube)

    The Making Of…the Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ (Uncut)

    Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile

    Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (PBS)

    Bad Vibrations: Brian Wilson Sues Collaborator (Rolling Stone)

    Brian Wilson Talks Mental Illness, Drugs and Beach Boys (Rolling Stone)

    ELTON JOHN & BRIAN WILSON - Wouldn't It Be Nice (Live, 2001)

    Inside the twisted relationship between Eugene Landy and Brian Wilson (Far Out)

    How one quack doctor almost destroyed Brian Wilson’s career (NY Post)

    'One of Charles Manson's murderers gang babysat my two children' says Beach Boys star Mike Love (Daily Mail)

    The Beach Boys battle: Why does Brian Wilson hate Mike Love? (Far Out)

    The True Story Behind The Film 'Love And Mercy' (Ranker)

    Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson’s Lost Masterpiece, by Domenic Priore

    For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow:


    Instagram: @DoubleElvis @disgracelandpod
    Twitter: @DoubleElvisFm @disgracelandpod
    Tik Tok @Disgracelandpod 
    Pinterest: @doubleelvisfm 
    Facebook: Double Elvis Productions

    BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is part true crime, part historical fiction, and part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND.   For more shows like Blood on the Tracks, check out www.doubleelvis.com 

    To hear previous seasons of Blood on the Tracks  (Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Phil Spector), check out: https://bloodonthetrackspod.com/ 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 32 min
    Brian Wilson Is Trapped (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 3)

    Brian Wilson Is Trapped (The Brian Wilson Story, Chapter 3)

    The pressure builds in Brian's mind as he continues to work on Smile with the Beach Boys. His vision is completely out of step with what the others expect. A new collaborator butts heads with the band. His father, Murray, and his idol, famed record producer Phil Spector, haunt him. And just when things seem like they'll never get back on track, inspiration strikes in the form of a trusted advisor...but the advice Brian receives leads to another in a long line of disappointments.

    SOURCES

    Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brain Wilson, by Peter Ames Carlin

    I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir, by Brian Wilson with Ben Greenman

    Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, by Charles L. Granata

    The Beach Boys second place in the sonic space race: 'Smiley Smile' (Far Out)

    The flight that changed Beach Boy Brian Wilson's life forever (Far Out)

    The astonishing genius of Brian Wilson (The Guardian)

    The Truth About The Beach Boys Album Smiley Smile (Grunge)

    Discover the story behind The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE' (Goldmine)

    A SMiLE In The Echo Chamber - The Beach Boys Lost Masterpiece (The Big Takeover)

    The tragic story of how Brian Wilson's career was almost destroyed by a rogue doctor (Smooth Radio)

    “Good Vibrations” and the Lost Studio Footage (YouTube)

    The Making Of…the Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ (Uncut)

    Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile

    Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (PBS)

    Bad Vibrations: Brian Wilson Sues Collaborator (Rolling Stone)

    Brian Wilson Talks Mental Illness, Drugs and Beach Boys (Rolling Stone)

    ELTON JOHN & BRIAN WILSON - Wouldn't It Be Nice (Live, 2001)

    Inside the twisted relationship between Eugene Landy and Brian Wilson (Far Out)

    How one quack doctor almost destroyed Brian Wilson’s career (NY Post)

    'One of Charles Manson's murderers gang babysat my two children' says Beach Boys star Mike Love (Daily Mail)

    The Beach Boys battle: Why does Brian Wilson hate Mike Love? (Far Out)

    The True Story Behind The Film 'Love And Mercy' (Ranker)

    Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson’s Lost Masterpiece, by Domenic Priore

    For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow:


    Instagram: @DoubleElvis @disgracelandpod
    Twitter: @DoubleElvisFm @disgracelandpod
    Tik Tok @Disgracelandpod 
    Pinterest: @doubleelvisfm 
    Facebook: Double Elvis Productions

    BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is part true crime, part historical fiction, and part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND.   For more shows like Blood on the Tracks, check out www.doubleelvis.com 

    To hear previous seasons of Blood on the Tracks  (Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Phil Spector), check out: https://bloodonthetrackspod.com/ 


    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Mariemmmm ,

Amazing quality

Very unique storytelling! I really enjoy the mix of documentary and fiction, combined with high quality sound production. This podcast stands out because it’s so bold and creative.

AngelEyesToronto ,

Enjoying this spin-off a LOT!

This mini-series spun off from the wonderful Disgraceland is keeping me in the edge of my seat, even though I grew up following the story. The sound effects, music and serial suspense have made WFH quite enjoyable. My favourite podcast ... oh well, this and Disgraceland. Thank you!

MyTwoCentszzz ,

Audible book?

One and a half episodes in. Sorry. Not a fan of having voice actors reading from a script. Prefer a more orthodox biography, presented with interviews and timelines. Did not find this enjoyable.

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