The Los Angeles premiere of the documentary The Wrecking Crew will be this Saturday night (June 28) at 8pm downtown. The screening is part of the Grand Performances series called Movies That Matter and will be “a free, outdoor festival style screening under the stars.”
You might be wondering who this Wrecking Crew is. They were an unsung group of studio musicians who became a crucial part of pop music history. You’ve actually heard their work on everything from Frank Sinatra to the Monkees and most songs (and tv show themes) in between. Check out the Wrecking Crew website and watch the trailer here.
Wrecking Crew LA Premiere
June 28th, 2008, 8:00PM
350 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles CA 90071
After the screening of the movie, there will be a live performance by a few members of the (THE!) Wrecking Crew.
If you can’t make Saturday night’s show, you can catch the movie on Thursday July 3rd at The Silent Movie Theater. (Click here for tickets to that evening’s show.)
For more info on Saturday’s screening event and reviews on the film itself, please click on through.
(Full disclosure: the filmmakers are good friends of mine.)
Grand Performances invites you to
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.
For more specific venue information, please click here.
CNN has a report on the Wrecking Crew musicians being celebrated at the Hollywood RockBlock outside Guitar Center on Sunset this past Wednesday. Read the full story here.
Reviews and comments
A treasure trove of witness-at-creation anecdotes and enduringly potent ’60s pop classics, “The Wrecking Crew” is a well-nigh irresistible treat for aficionados of music from the era when acts like the Beach Boys, the Association and the Monkees were topping the charts. Pic celebrates a loose-knit group of largely unknown (except by industry insiders) session musicians, many of whom supplied the defining licks and backbeats — and in some cases, actually played instruments for band members — on legendary recordings. Nostalgia-drenched rockumentary should score impressively as cable fare, homevid product and public television fund-raiser. – Joe Leydon, Variety
The reason they were the unsung heros, if those guys were playing sessions today, they would be like the front four of any football team, those guys would be known, people would know about them. It would be something more than just session players.
– Cher [from the documentary]
It’s about bloody time!
– Micky Dolenz