No matter who or how old you are, you have to admit that quite a few great pieces of music was birthed in the 1960’s. People fortunate enough to be around back in that wonderful era of music had plenty of great songs to listen to, and if, like myself, you weren’t around, there’s is always the great feeling that comes from discovering gems from that creative place in time. Denny Tedesco’s documentary, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story of the talented group of musicians behind the nostalgic jams we all know and love.
In THE WRECKING CREW, Tedesco does a great job of telling the story of his father, Tommy, and the many musicians who not only played alongside the elder Tedesco, but did it anonymously on many songs during their careers. Together, the ultra-talented group known as The Wrecking Crew, were a prominent part of pop music during the 1960’s. Specifically, the group provided the music for artists such as The Beach Boys, The Monkees, the Mamas & the Papas, and many, many more. The story of the unsung heroes, is brought to life through many pictures, recordings, film, and of course first hand interviews with not only the musicians themselves, but many of the musicians who played alongside the Crew. Denny Tedesco does a great job by not only sparking an interest in the individual stories being told, but also giving us an exclusive look into the group who worked so hard to give us the groovy tunes we know and love today. While the film presents itself in such a way that even those who may not be completely all about pop music from the 1960s will still be fascinated and very interested in hearing the stories about Tommy, and the crew who made the music possible.
If you ARE a fan of this glorious, wonderful musical era…it might just change your life. Sure, you might kick yourself for not knowing more about these great musicians, but there will definitely be a lot of knowledge thrown your way. From the minute the film started, I could tell it was going to be unlike anything I’d ever seen before and I was right. The documentary has so much passion in it, and it was apparent that the goal was to not only spread the word of those behind the music, but to show us all of the great things that were accomplished when Tommy Tedesco and co. came together to rock out. THE WRECKING CREW is full of so many songs that helped define not only the decade, but the career of the members of the crew. It really is impossible to not completely adore the music that is played during this film and the talented musicians who were behind it all.
A documentary that should be seen by anyone who has an interest in music, and of course for those who just love to hear genuinely entertaining stories from those that were there from the beginning. Those who were lucky enough to have the crew play back up on their music speak highly of the group and it shows. If you are a fan of the music that dominated the airwaves, and defined an era, then I can guarantee you will love every second of this film which is exactly what I experienced during my viewing of this.