His Story
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


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
Issued September, 1977

Dennis Wilson: It's About Time
An interview with Dennis Wilson by David Leaf
Pet Sounds, September, 1977

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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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