Here I’m fowarding the latest Wrecking Crew Movie newsletter entirely. These are not my words, but the words of the movie’s creator Denny Tedesco (yes, Tommy Tedesco’s son).
Never give up. And never, under any circumstances, face the facts
– Ruth Gordon
Well here are the facts that I will face and conquer, as well as a few questions that need to be addressed.
Why has the film not been released yet?
- I have to pay off the licensing before we can distribute. Pretty easy to understand when you have 133 music cues the majority of which are huge hit records, but without them there is not a story!
- Once we pay off the licensing we will hit the road with the film. Small art house theaters, special events-fund raisers, universities, local music stores. (if they want it, we’ll be there)
- The DVD of the film will have a companion DVD of out-takes. I continue to shoot more interviews to be included in the 2nd DVD.
- We hope to have a compilation soundtrack to go with it. (CD and LP— dust off the turntable)
Why haven’t I given up?
That wouldn’t be a great example to my children. The screenings that we have give me hope and faith by the encouraging words from the audiences at Q&As as well as the emails that follow. If they were walking out, then I’d quit. Neither my father nor his friends ever gave up their dream of playing music for a living so I will keep going to share their story.
Why is this film and other music docs of this era important?
If you were an art student and someone asked, “Who is Michelangelo, Picasso or Leonardo da Vinci?”, they know who they were (hopefully). Well I feel the same way about these musicians and artists in the 20th century. Thousands of years of making music, but we are the only generation in the history of mankind to experience the first recordings. We know exactly what the artist meant the piece to sound like. The only way to teach any subject is to know the fundamentals, and what came before us influences what we produce in the future. This is not just music but everyday life.
I guess Ella says it better.
Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong – Ella Fitzgerald
One Last Request…
I received an email from a fan of the movie in Europe. He loved the film which is very gratifying, but then he said he bought it on the internet. Oh wow! I hope that’s not true. If it is, I beg you with all of my heart -? please, please don’t buy this film until you receive an official announcement from me that it’s available to purchase. You’ll be the first to know if you’ve signed up on the website.
I have spent 14 years of my life, trying to make this dream come true. I can’t even imagine the kind of person that would do that. That is bad Karma.
(If you want the Wrecking Crew Film with Dean Martin as Matt Helm — that’s different… go for it)
My other request goes to others who have made copies from screeners without my permission. Some of you I know. (this is different then selling it)
I truly thank you so much for the greatest compliment by bootlegging the DVD. And the buzz is the best thing that keeps others wanting to see it which is awesome. But it doesn’t get me across the finish line.
Ask any musician how they would feel if they found out someone didn’t buy their album because they already had a copy. (hit home?)
But please at least send a donation to help me pay for the rights. It’s tax deductible. Send me the matinee price if you watched it during the day. But if you watched it at night with a room full of musicians, please think of it as a cheap night out with friends.
If you’re one of the many tour buses that had the chance to view it and liked it, dedicate a song from your band. (details on website).
Enjoy the out-takes and please tell others to sign up on the site. It’s the most important need next to raising donations.
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This screening is in LA, quote taken from an e-mail sent out by wreckingcrew.tv
Event: Don’t Knock The Rock Film Festival
Date: Thurs., July 3rd, 2008
Location: Silent Movie Theatre
611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Hi Wrecking Crew supporters!
Thank you for making the LA premiere at the Grand Performances a Great Success but if they missed it and want to send a friend, this is a great event. After playing to great response at SXSW, Buffalo, Nashville and Seattle Film Festivals (see reviews), we are very excited that “The Wrecking Crew” documentary will screen as part of the “Don’t Knock The Rock” Film Festival at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax in Los Angeles.
Join us for a beautiful tribute to those brilliant musicians who made some of the best records of our lifetime, yet rarely the picture on the record — now they get the spotlight. In fact, if you showed up to The T.A.M.I. Show Sunday night, you heard them, but you barely saw them — they were the house band for all those great acts. This evening is all about them!
A Q&A with Denny Tedesco will follow the screening and Boyd Rice DJ’s Wrecking Crew classics and novelties from Rodney Bingenheimer’s personal collection, while Kari French and her Go Go Troupe do the hippy hippy shake to Rice’s collection of rare 60s Scopitones!
From Wrecking Crew News:
Hi Wrecking Crew supporters!
After playing to great response at SXSW, Buffalo, Nashville and Seattle Film Festivals (see reviews), we are thrilled to announce that ‘The Wrecking Crew’ documentary will have it’s Los Angeles premiere on June 28th, 2008. The film will play under the banner “Movies That Matter” as part of the Grand Performances Program in downtown LA at 350 S.Grand. Ave.
This is a free, outdoor festival-style screening under the stars. You can bring a picnic, deck chairs, blankets and even white wine, they don’t allow red wine as it can stain the granite in the Festival area. If a picnic is not your speed, there are some great restaurants in the area. Even though tickets are free, please make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to eat and find a place to sit. Don’t forget a chair or blanket.
We are also very honored to announce that the presentation of the film will be followed by a live performance by Wrecking Crew alumni Hal Blaine (drums), Carol Kaye (electric bass), Don Randi (piano) and Chuck Berghofer (upright bass). Vocals by Julia Fordham and other guest aritsts.
Please Help Us Spread The Word. Its Very Important That Musicians And Music Lovers Know Of This Event. Thanks For Your Support.
I wrote a bout the Wrecking Crew movie here earlier.
Our dear friend Jerry Cole died Wednesday night at his home in Corona, California. Funeral services are still pending but a public memorial is also being planned for the near future. Jerry’s wife Gale was with him when he suffered a massive heart attack. Jerry was 68 years old and is survived by Gale and their daughters, Monique and Katrina, and son, Cane. Jerry’s other son, Keith, died just a year earlier at the age of 28.
Throughout the ’60s and , guitarist/songwriter Jerry Cole worked with some of the most prominent talents in rock’n’roll, including Them, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, and as a session man in Phil Spector’s ‘Wrecking Crew.’ With his own group the Spacemen, Cole released four albums of space-age surf music in just over two years, beginning with 1963’s Outer Limits. As the ’60s progressed, Cole worked on sessions for the Byrds’ ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’/’I Knew I’d Want You’ single and Them’s 1965 self-titled album. He teamed up with Roger McGuinn again in 1972 for McGuinn’s debut solo record, and session work with Roger Miller, Chuck Howard and Susie Allanson sent him in a country-rock direction. Cole’s work with the Spacemen was collected in the 1999 Sundazed compilation Power Surf! The Best of Jerry Cole & His Spacemen. ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide
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A film by Denny Tedesco
What is the Wrecking Crew?
The Wrecking Crew were a group of Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers and were Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. The amount of work that they were involved in was tremendous. …in Los Angeles in the 60s who played on hits for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra,
here’s the trailer
Song List (the links go straight to iTunes):
Let the Sunshine in/Aquarius
Stone Soul Picnic
Up Up and Away
One Less Bell to Answer
Never My Love
Don’t Worry Baby
Fun Fun Fun
God Only Knows
I Get Around
Sloop John B
Mr. Tamborine Man
Turn Turn Turn
By The Time I Get to Phoenix
Gentle on My Mind
Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
Nat King Cole
Twisting the Night Away
You Send Me
And He Kissed Me
Da Doo Ron Ron
He’s A Rebel
Jan & Dean
Dead Man’s Curve
Little Old Lady From Pasadena
Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Everybody Loves a Clown
Sure Gonna Miss Her
This Diamond Ring
Eve of Destruction
Mamas & Papas
Dedicated to the One I Love
Out of Limits
Fools Rush In
Everybody’s Talking At Me (Echoes)
Come on Get Happy
A Little Less Conversation
Viva Las Vegas
Paul Revere & the Raiders
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
Hey Little Cobra
Poor Side of Town
Be My Baby
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Simon and Garfunkel
Strangers in the Night
These Boots Were Made for Walking
Sonny and Cher
The Beat Goes On
I Got You Babe
No Matter What Shape Your Stomach Is In
Nino Tempo & April Stevens
Taste of Honey
Zorba the Greek
Ike and Tina Turner
River Deep Mountain High
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes