The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret

The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret

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If you were a fan of popular music in the 1960s and early '70s, you were a fan of the Wrecking Crew—whether you knew it or not.

On hit record after hit record by everyone from the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and the Monkees to the Grass Roots, the 5th Dimension, Sonny & Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel, this collection of West Coast studio musicians from diverse backgrounds established themselves in Los Angeles, California as the driving sound of pop music—sometimes over the objection of actual band members forced to make way for Wrecking Crew members. Industry insider Kent Hartman tells the dramatic, definitive story of the musicians who forged a reputation throughout the business as the secret weapons behind the top recording stars.

The author mines invaluable interviews to reveal the careers of such session masters as drummer Hal Blaine, guitarist Tommy Tedesco, and keyboardist Larry Knechtel, as well as trailblazing bassist Carol Kaye—the only female in the Crew who went on to play in thousands of recording sessions. Readers will discover the Wrecking Crew members who would forge their own careers and learn about the studio that gave us the legendary sessions of Pet Sounds, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and the rock classic "Layla".

In MIM’s United States/Canada Gallery, the session musicians, their music and their instruments are featured in the Los Angeles exhibit, and Glen Campbell—who began as a session player and later developed a solo career—is featured in MIM’s Artist Gallery.


320 pages; 5.5 X 8 inches; paperbound

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