The Wrecking Crew

by Karen A. Brown @IndieStardust @StardustBluCEO @StardustBlu

“This is a documentary film about an elite group of studio session musicians in Los Angeles in the 1960’s who played on hits for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, 5th Dimension, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Johnny Rivers and Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound and that’s just a few! The amount of work in which they were involved was tremendous. These musicians have since become known as “The Wrecking Crew”.” – Denny Tedesco

This is the most exciting historical music film to be released. The music and the musicians who played and recorded in the studio in Los Angeles in the 1960’s shaped music the way we hear it today. This is literally how rock and roll began.

Filmmaker Denny Tedesco is the son of the late Tommy Tedesco the lead guitarist of The Wrecking Crew. He has brought us his 17 year journey to tell this story. I spoke with Denny tonight as his Kickstarter campaign, 7 days ahead of schedule was just about to hit it’s 250k goal. The plan is to have distribution and to assist those original musicians from The Wrecking Crew.

The Wrecking Crew Official Trailer

 KAB: Denny, you have been invested in The Wrecking Crew for 17 years. Love, Sweat and filming. Tell us how you feel knowing that all of your hard work has paid off with a successful Kickstarter campaign.

DT: I’m so blown away right now. We are less than 3K as I write this to you from raising the 250K that will be used to pay off the final licensing. It was the stumbling block that kept this film from ever being released. I’m with my two children watching the computer. My wife is in back east producing a commercial. If it wasn’t for Suzie, my wife, my mother, my brother, and my kids, I could never have gone on.

But more importantly it was the strangers who saw the film over the years and told others about it. It was them that kept my hopes up. Watching the film with audiences around the world was the coolest thing to see.

KAB: What are your plans for getting the film to the public?

DT: I hope we find a distributor right way after I pay off the musician’s union and the last few licenses.

KAB: How will you be assisting The Wrecking Crew musicians?

DT: I hope the union pays the money out to them immediately. But more importantly, I want to see this released before we lose any more folks.

KAB: Will there be a Wrecking Crew Part 2? 3? I know you have a huge amount of incredible footage.

DT: We are talking about multiple DVDs with out takes. So many artists, engineers, and musicians that aren’t in the film, so their voices will be heard.

KAB: How will you be celebrating? This is an exciting weekend for you!

DT: I have nooooo idea. I wish Suzie was here. My mom has become addicted to Kickstarter. But she calls it Quickstarter. She’ll be in tears in the next hour. This is a crazy feeling.

KAB: Tell us what the future holds for The Wrecking Crew.

DT: I just want to see this get out to the public. I’m just thrilled I was able to be the one to tell the story.

KAB: Is there anything you want people to know about the film and your journey with it?

DT: If the door closes, go through a window. If you believe in yourself, don’t give up. Time can also be a benefit for a dream come true. This film will only survive with people sharing the story with others.

KAB: Will you be selling all of the great merchandise on the Kickstarter page in the future?

DT: Yep. We did a benefit for a friend that was going through cancer and when he went to Chemo, there was someone with a Wrecking Crew T-shirt on. That was meant to be!

KAB: What is next for you, Denny?

DT: Cutting the last few updates in, cutting out takes, and mixing!

KAB: How would you describe your father’s roll in The Wrecking Crew?

DT: I think he was more than just a guitar player. Many of the guys spoke about how Hal and my father could keep it light and that made life easier in some difficult sessions. The proudest moments I’ve had over the years is when people talk about how my father helped them on sessions or even just meeting him, they talked about his kindness.

KAB: What would you say to your dad right now with the success of the film and a distribution deal close at hand?

DT: Thank you dad for giving me everything you taught me about life.

KAB: What do you think he’d say to you… ?

DT: He would be in tears.

KAB: Denny, thank you for all of your hard work!! I am thrilled! As I have just finished editing this piece you have just HIT your Kickstarter goal!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Denny, you have made music history by documenting music history!!!

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4 thoughts on “The Wrecking Crew

  1. This is phenomenal…ANYONE who has an emotional attachment to the music of the 60s and 70s would go wild over this…make sure you play the clips…they’re terrific. Thanks Karen…keep it up!

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