Personal Experiences Of Carl Wilson

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When he spoke of his personal experiences, even Carl Wilson took the position that his dislike of some music was because it was different than the music he liked. Writing about Elliott Smith, he stated “Smith was a hero of mine and of the late-90s indie subculture, one of those ‘literate’ bedroom -recording songwriters” (7). Smith wrote and performed a type of music that Carl Wilson acclaimed. “As a former bullied kid,” Wilson found sustenance in Smith’s music (7). Wilson also enjoyed avant-garde music, “I championed and the kinds of unpopular-song writers I was prone to calling ‘literate” (6). Mainstream pop music sounded very different from the music that Wilson enjoyed, so he not only disliked pop music, he refused to listen to it.

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