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Brian Wilson talks Gershwin to NPR

August 20, 2010 |  4:00 pm

Brian Wilson-piano Mark Boster

Brian Wilson discusses his latest effort, “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin,” in an hourlong segment for Boston University NPR affiliate WBUR-FM that’s now accessible via podcast at the station’s website.

Wilson was the guest for “On Point with Tom Ashbrook” in a segment that WBUR officials invited me to join in on to offer a little historical and musical perspective. I interviewed Wilson recently about the ambitious project that brings together two composer-performers from drastically different times and places.

Ashbrook samples several songs from the CD that was released Tuesday during the course of the conversation; he also fielded several calls from station listeners during the live broadcast Friday morning.

The album also will be highlighted with another Wilson interview slated to air Sunday morning on NPR’s "Weekend Edition," which is carried in the Los Angeles area on KCRW-FM (89.9) in Santa Monica and KPCC-FM (89.3) in Pasadena.

--Randy Lewis

Photo: Brian Wilson at his Beverly Hills home. Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times


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