My Regeneration: "Heroes and Villains" and the Salvation of Brian Wilson Presents Smile

  title={My Regeneration: "Heroes and Villains" and the Salvation of Brian Wilson Presents Smile},
  author={Dale Carter},
  journal={Rock Music Studies},
  pages={171 - 188}
  • D. Carter
  • Published 15 June 2017
  • Sociology
  • Rock Music Studies
Abstract “Heroes and Villains” is often identified as a key to the Smile project, on which Beach Boys’ leader Brian Wilson and lyricist Van Dyke Parks collaborated in 1966 and 1967. That role has not been closely analyzed, however. This close reading of the song’s structure, lyrics, themes, and social and cultural referents shows that it offers an index to the album. Using its frontier setting and a variety of sacred and secular myths, symbols, and icons, “Heroes and Villains,” like Smile as a… 
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