The International Documentary Association is having its annual festival, Docuweek, at the Arclight Theaters August 22 – 28. Included in the line-up is the “The Wrecking Crew” (previously mentioned by me). If you missed the sold out screenings at the Silent Movie Theater, here’s your chance to see this amazing documentary about the most famous musicians you’ve (probably) never heard of.
Here again is a synopsis of this important piece of Los Angeles music history:
You heard them playing on the Beach Boys hits, on the Mamas and the Papas’ tunes, on Frank Sinatra records, on Monkees’ singles and they were Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. Simply put, you heard them everywhere. They have performed on more number-one charted singles than the Beatles, and were one of rock and roll’s most legendary bands, a hit-making machine. Most likely, you never heard their name; if you knew who they were, you called them the Wrecking Crew. Denny Tedesco, son of Crew member Tommy Tedesco, knew their story was too important to leave to just a small circle of friends, and set out to film his father and other members of the Wrecking Crew to capture their story firsthand. The film features conversations with Brian Wilson, Cher, Nancy Sinatra, Mickey Dolenz, Herb Alpert, Lou Adler, Dick Clark, Jimmy Webb, Brian Wilson, Roger McGuinn and many others.
Click into the Arclight Theater website to buy tickets. (There are two showings a day on each day of the festival.)
To learn more about The Wrecking Crew, watch a trailer, hear just some of the music they played and to get on their email list go to their website: The Wrecking Crew
To learn more about the IDA and Docuweek, please go to their website: International Documentary Association
(If all of this is not enough to get you to see the Wrecking Crew, then read this from comments made by LA’s own Militant Angeleno: “It’s a great doc and part of it even delves into some Los Angeles history…MILITANT APPROVED!” Need I say more?)