The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew

The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-kept Secret

Book - 2012
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A fascinating look into the West Coast recording studio scene of the '60s and the inside story of the music you heard on the radio. If you always assumed the musicians you listened to were the same people you saw onstage, you are in for a big surprise! In Los Angeles in the 1960s-70s, if you wanted to record a chart-topping track or album, you called in the crack session musicians collectively known as the Wrecking Crew. Consisting of artists unknown outside the music industry, like drummer Hal Blaine and bass player Carol Kaye, as well as those who would go on to recording fame of their own, such as Glen Campbell and Leon Russell, the Wrecking Crew was the West Coast's cream of the crop of session players, backing top-notch hit makers Phil Spector, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, and many more.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781429941372
Characteristics: viii, 292 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Mar 28, 2017

Carol Kaye is my hero!
So it was she that created those unforgettable bass guitar lead-ins for pop, rock and country masterpieces like Sonny and Cher's "The Beat Goes On," the Grass Roots' "Midnight Confessions," and former fellow Crew member Glen Campbell's poignant "Wichita Lineman." A wonderfully entertaining account of a long unsung group of studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew--Kaye the only woman in the group--whose artistry and crack professionalism made good songs great and great songs hits for artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin to The Beach Boys and The Monkees. Highly recommended for anyone curious to know who really made all that classic modern popular music during the fabulous, fertile years of the early sixties through the mid-seventies.

Oct 14, 2016

Watch the movie too. The two together present a great view into 60s and 70s music.

Jan 07, 2016

Are you a fan of "classic rock"? Did you know many of
those recordings were not performed by the actual artist or group? When
you read Kent Hartman's The Wrecking Crew you will meet the unknown
players who turned out some of the era's most well known and well
loved songs. Turns out it was cheaper and easier to keep the actual group
out on the road and let some "professionals" do the heavy
lifting in the recording studio. Glen Campbell is the most well known
member of this group, but not the most talented. Meet this rag-tag team of
musicians who made the older session players mad; as in: "they're wrecking our music business."

Sep 18, 2013

Wow, amazing stories. Hartman does a masterful job telling about this important part of rock and roll history. Read it, but have YouTube or iPod handy to listen to the music discussed in the book.

Aug 05, 2013

History books should be this interesting. What a great inside look behind the rock and roll.

May 20, 2013

Bait and Switch
Boomers were baited & switched repeatedly by the folks in this book.

Phil Spector being told he had no future as a jazz guitarist because he "lacked meter" raises the question "was his obsession with his Wall of Sound caused by his lack of meter?" The 'WOS' was about volume and density. Maybe Phil needed that Wall of Sound to feel the beat?

This book names names. I wasn't surprised.

Aug 16, 2012

Excellent read! A real "Who knew?!"
story. Nicely crafted to keep you in the "groove", so to speak. Copy the list of Hits at the back, find them on iTunes, load them on your player and treat yourself to some real great pre-golden age of rock and roll music.


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