Sonny Bunch is executive editor of the Washington Free Beacon . He also writes a weekly column for the Washington Post 's website and is a cohost of the Weekly Substandard podcast . Prior to joining the Beacon , he served as a staff writer at the Washington Times , an assistant editor at The Weekly Standard , and an editorial assistant at Roll Call . Sonny’s writing has appeared in the above outlets, the Wall Street Journal , Commentary , National Review , the New Atlantis , Policy Review , and elsewhere. He has also worked at the public relations and nonprofit management firm Berman and Company. A 2004 graduate of the University of Virginia, Sonny lives in Virginia. His Twitter handle is @SonnyBunch .
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Another early pop music auteur was the Beach Boys ' multi-tasking leader Brian Wilson ,  who himself was mentored by Spector.  Before the progressive pop of the late 1960s, performers were typically unable to decide on the artistic content of their music.  Wilson became the first rock producer to use the studio as a discrete instrument ,  thus making the Beach Boys one of the first rock groups to exert studio control.  Music producers after the mid 1960s would draw on his influence, setting a precedent that allowed bands and artists to enter a recording studio and act as producers, either autonomously, or in conjunction with other like minds.  The Atlantic ' s Jason Guriel wrote that Wilson "paved the way for auteurs like Kanye West ... anticipat[ing] the rise of the producer ... [and] the modern pop-centric era, which privileges producer over artist and blurs the line between entertainment and art... Anytime a band or musician disappears into a studio to contrive an album-length mystery, the ghost of Wilson is hovering near."