Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Wrecking Crew

SPC’s Music Industry/Recording Arts Program presents The Wrecking Crew: an Evening with Filmmaker Denny Tedesco.

What the Funk Brothers did for Motown …The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew recordings. And now, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them for you. THE WRECKING CREW is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960’s. It didn’t matter if it was Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. The film is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father and to the music, the times and to the secret star-making machine known only as “The Wrecking Crew”. On Friday April 24th gain a behind-the-scenes view of the making of the film by the director himself before and after the screening of this award-winning film. Watch the trailer and learn more about the film at:

The Music Industry/Recording Arts (MIRA) program helps students develop “real world” skills that artists need to thrive in a diverse and competitive music industry. The program offers a well-rounded, technology-based educational experience to student musicians, composers, producers, DJs, live-sound reinforcement enthusiasts, broadcast audio engineers, and post-production technologists. The program emphasizes creative processes, technical training, business practices and entrepreneurial skills in a collaborative environment. More information at:

Date: Friday April 24, 2015     
Time: Film screening at 6:15pm.  (Film length: 101 minutes)
Location: Muvico Sundial 19 + IMAX, 151 2nd Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33701
Time: Reception and Q&A with Denny Tedesco from 9-11pm 
Location: Palladium’s Side Door Cabaret, 253 5th Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33701      

Admission: Free for SPC students with ID. For non-students, a suggested $10 donation goes towards Music Industry/Recording Arts scholarships at SPC. Limited theater seating, so get there early!
Contact: Chad Mairn,; 727-394-6917


Appeal Lawyer said...

I'm definitely picking up a copy of this when it comes out on DVD.

Chad Mairn said...

Fantastic! It is a great film. FYI: If you purchase the Blu-Ray DVD at and enter MIRA as the Discount Code, then $5 will be donated to help fund music scholarships for Music Industry/Recording Arts (MIRA) students at St. Petersburg College. There are 6 hours of outtakes!

Dion Hancock said...

Looks like a good movie.

Bankruptcy Lawyer said...

Can't wait to see this film.

Chad Mairn said...

It is a fantastic film! Producer/Director Denny Tedesco recently announced that sales of 'The Wrecking Crew' documentary on DVD, Blu-Ray, and the book 'Sound Explosion!: Inside L.A.’s Studio Factory with the Wrecking Crew' through the film’s online store ( will support the Music Industry/Recording Arts program (MIRA) scholarship fund at St. Petersburg College. The fund will be named after Denny’s father, Tommy Tedesco.

Last month, the screening and after party of The Wrecking Crew at the Sundial Muvico in downtown St. Petersburg raised more than $1,000 for the scholarship. Now documentary maker Denny Tedesco is providing another opportunity to support Tampa Bay’s future musicians and recording engineers. Using the charity donation code ‘MIRA’ during checkout will donate $3.00 for a DVD, $5.00 for a Blu-Ray, and $5.00 for 'Sound Explosion!: Inside L.A.’s Studio Factory with The Wrecking Crew.' 

'The Wrekcing Crew' documents the work of the session musicians that played from the 1950s to the late 60s for groups like The Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Poppas and the Byrds. The DVD and Blu-Ray discs include interviews he conducted over the last twenty years with some of the biggest names in music that did not make the final cut of the film. Sound Explosion features rare studio photos, and the story behind the music.

'Sound Explosion' is available now, and 'The Wrecking Crew' on Blu-Ray and DVD is available for pre-order. The DVD and Blu-Ray will be released on June 16th.

(Note: most of this comment was written by Chris Demmons for an upcoming blog post)

DUI St.Pete said...

This is a great movie.

Tampa Attorney said...

I love these artists.