“Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road” Filmmakers Explain How They Gained Access to the Legendary Beach Boy

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By Mike Hilleary Roughly a third of the way through director Brent Wilson’s new documentary, Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, veteran producer Don Was sits in front of a studio console listening to The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” Was, who has spent decades working with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Elton John, is captured pressing a sequence of buttons as the iconic song plays through the speakers, cutting layers away until nothing remains except the vocal harmonies of the track’s unforgettable cyclical coda. Taking it in revered silence, Was leans forward, b…

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