We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret | [Kent Hartman]

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

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 as the driving sound of pop music - sometimes over the objection of actual band members....
Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, History, 2013

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 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. Mining invaluable interviews, the author follows the careers of such session masters as drummer Hal Blaine and keyboardist Larry Knechtel, as well as trailblazing bassist Carol Kaye, who went on to play in thousands of recording sessions. Listeners will discover the Wrecking Crew members who would forge careers in their own right, including Glen Campbell and Leon Russell, and learn of the relationship between the Crew and such legends as Phil Spector and Jimmy Webb.

Hartman also takes us inside the studio for the legendary sessions that gave us Pet Sounds, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and the rock classic “Layla”, which Wrecking Crew drummer Jim Gordon cowrote with Eric Clapton for Derek and the Dominos. And the author recounts priceless scenes, such as Mike Nesmith of the Monkees facing off with studio head Don Kirshner, Grass Roots lead guitarist (and future star of The Office) Creed Bratton getting fired from the group, and Michel Rubini unseating Frank Sinatra's pianist for the session in which the iconic singer improvised the hit-making ending to “Strangers in the Night”.

The Wrecking Crew tells the collective, behind-the-scenes stories of the artists who dominated Top-40 radio during the most exciting time in American popular culture.

©2012 Kent Hartman (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[The Wrecking Crew] has the...potent excitement of a collection of greatest hits. It makes good music sound better." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (149 )
5 star
 (65)
4 star
 (52)
3 star
 (26)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.2 (139 )
5 star
 (67)
4 star
 (39)
3 star
 (24)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.1 (138 )
5 star
 (53)
4 star
 (56)
3 star
 (21)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    L. Peeples Charleston, SC 12-15-13
    L. Peeples Charleston, SC 12-15-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Easy Listening"
    If you could sum up The Wrecking Crew in three words, what would they be?

    light, enjoyable, informative


    What other book might you compare The Wrecking Crew to and why?

    Atlantic Records: The House the Ahmet Built


    What three words best describe Dan John Miller’s performance?

    competent, corny


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The anecdotes that make up this book were amusing, and I learned a lot about the music studio scene in LA in the 60s and early 70s. If you like pop music trivia, you'll probably enjoy it. On the other hand, I thought the writing was pretty hackneyed and unnecessarily repetitive. The performance was ok, but I was sort of annoyed that Dan John Miller read all quotes from women in exactly the same soft, high-pitched voice. He sort of did the same thing with some of the men, trying to distinguish voices but not really pulling it off -- Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, and Phil Spector, for instance, sound exactly the same. I enjoyed this audiobook overall, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Don Alamo, CA, United States 10-15-13
    Don Alamo, CA, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Simply outstanding!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wrecking Crew the most enjoyable?

    The many different stories of some of the greatest musicians of our generation were carefully weaved together in this highly inspirational book. Never a dull moment. Unlike many other books written about musicians of this period I found myself not wanting the chapter to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jerold Seattle, WA 08-13-13
    Jerold Seattle, WA 08-13-13 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Music Biz"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this to my music lover friends.


    What other book might you compare The Wrecking Crew to and why?

    Possibly Don Felder's Heaven and Hell. Both are eye opening regarding the music business and insight into bands.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    While intending to be flattering a good voice should not add or subtract from the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Open Your Eyes Wide


    Any additional comments?

    Very impressed with Glen Campbell as a musician and with his ambition for success.

    I must say Brian Wilson is every bit the nut I would have expected. Pet Sounds did him in. Or did his father?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James Abraham Boston, MA 07-04-13
    James Abraham Boston, MA 07-04-13 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    138
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narrated by Dan "Goober" Miller!"

    This book is ok. It's overwritten, each sentence laden with cliches and padding, but it's a very fascinating view of the inside of the music production business. Who knew Phil Spector wanted to be a jazz guitarist? Or that Sonny Bono worked for him, and couldn't sing or even keep time? (Actually, anybody listening to Sonny and Cher probably knows that).

    Dan Miller's narration is adequate, though he is overly emphatic with every cliche.The most fascinating thing about Miller narrating this particular book is that he is *THE DAN "GOOBER" MILLER* of Goober and the Peas fame. Who were Goober and the Peas? Only the greatest band you never heard of. They ruled the Detroit music scene in the early 90s. The dressed like Grand Ole Opry cowboys, but their music was a terrific psychobilly-swing-funk, with terrific lyrics and some of the tightest playing I've ever heard live from any band, even the most famous ones. In my mind, Jack White's greatest contribution to music was his drumming for Goober (didn't know that, did you?). Their music is still available on Amazon, and the reviews there are all as glowing as this one.

    Goob, I cheered for you harder than anybody, and I traveled all around Michigan to hear you. You were the greatest, and you deserved to be one of the biggest bands of all time. You are very sorely missed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    SJ tybee island, GA, United States 06-03-13
    SJ tybee island, GA, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great listen...hate that it's over!"
    If you could sum up The Wrecking Crew in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, interesting, excellent


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wrecking Crew?

    Too many to pick from


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lots of them.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like music from the sixties and seventies and enjoy history, you will LOVE this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    TIMOTHY BARRINGTON, IL, United States 11-12-12
    TIMOTHY BARRINGTON, IL, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "SO MANY THINGS I NEVER KNEW, WOW!"
    Would you listen to The Wrecking Crew again? Why?

    ONLY AS REFERENCE. GOT THE STORY FIRST TIME.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wrecking Crew?

    SOOO MANY. THE INDEPTH RE. LEON RUSSEL, GLEN CAMPBELL, TOMMY TEDESCO, CAROL KAY AND THE OPENING NARRITIVE.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    A LITTLE SLOW BUT NOT BAD.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    NETHER LAUGH OR CRY. BUT IT MADE BURN UP GOOGLE LOOKING UP THE PEOPLE I JUST NEVER KNEW ABOUT.


    Any additional comments?

    AN EPIFFINY FOR ANY MUSIC LOVER OF 60'S 70'S MUSIC LOVERS

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-16 of 16 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.