Originally Posted by Rocks!
Pretty painful to watch - you can almost feel the misery etched on his face.
I don't understand why the brothers would let Dennis live like a homeless bum, during the years in his life he need the most support. Pretty cold-hearted if you ask me.
Seems that way, doesn't it?
I think with Brian, he was so out of it for Dennis' worst years, and his life wasn't even in his own hands by the time of Dennis' passing, that he wasn't really in a position to help. Was overwhelmed by Dennis in any personality sense, anyway.
Carl's personality I think was too passive to directly grab Dennis by the shirt-collar, and too, dunno what the word is, stuffy, prissy to cope with the madman his brother was in direct contact. You can see the pain in Carl's expression during one TV appearance in which Dennis appeared with the group stoned and acted up (it's in that BBC docu above), he seems concerned and upset but also embarrassed at the same time. By all accounts, he had Landy lined up to handle Dennis, based on the success Gene was having with Brian at the time (before Landy ran totally out of control with his methods). Dennis passed before that could happen. How it would have ended up had Dennis lived and been assigned to Landy, I have no idea.
Mike and Dennis had a lot of issues.
I love Dennis' loyalty to Brian -- whenever the group would question Bri's vision, Dennis would leap to his defence ("he put us here"). One of the biggest defenders of Brian's talent. Brian, meanwhile, always seems rocked that his brother could create music of the power he was creating.