The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew CTBA


Please note: This was screened in July 2015

Denny Tedesco
Brian Wilson, Nancy Sinatra, Cher, Glen Campbell
111 mins, 2008, USA

What the Funk Brothers did for Motown...The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row during the 60s and early 70s, the Grammy went to Wrecking Crew recordings.

Denny Tedesco’s engrossing documentary tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. Wrecking Crew were a legendary collection of Los Angeles session musicians, now lost to history, including the filmmaker’s own father, Tommy, one of the Crew’s most revered members. Working with an incredible collection of talent ranging from Brian Wilson and Phil Spector to Frank Sinatra and Sonny and Cher, the Wrecking Crew provided the riffs and licks that became the iconic sounds of a generation. The film raises potent questions about discipline, professionalism, authorial signature and the euphoria of being in the right place at the right time, with the skills and assurance to ride out a perfect pop cultural wave.

Screening as part of Bristol’s Americana Weekend, where Colston Hall and St George’s bring together outstanding home-grown and US artists in the spirit of collaboration to celebrate the remarkable roots music that grows from deep in the American soil. So grab your denim jacket, order a bourbon at the bar and kick back.

Don't miss another music documentary Muscle Shoals on Sun 12 July.

Ticket offer: Get £1.00 off tickets for Muscle Shoals and The Wrecking Crew upon the presentation of any ticket purchased for Bristol Americana Weekend. This offer is not available online.