Magnolia Pictures has acquired world rights to Denny Tedesco’s music documentary “The Wrecking Crew,” a lively behind-the-scenes look at the legendary group of titular studio musicians in 1960s Los Angeles who contributed to some of the biggest and most beloved songs of the 20th Century.
Taking a page out of the Academy Award-winning “20 Feet From Stardom,” “Wrecking Crew” shines a light on a group of musicians who have never gotten their due despite their integral contributions to the music industry. The Wrecking Crew consisted of Tommy Tedesco, father of filmmaker Denny, drummer Hal Blaine, bassist Carol Kaye and saxophonist Plas Johnson, and they were the backing band for artists such as Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkle, the Beach Boys and Elvis. The documentary not only includes interviews with the members of the group, but also features testimonials from collaborators Brian Wilson, Cher, Nancy Sinatra, Dick Clark, Glen Campbell and more.
“Music lovers will be astonished at the breadth of influence the Wrecking Crew wielded over rock and pop music from the 60s,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Their story is key to understanding how some of the most important music of that time was created, and Denny Tedesco has made a fascinating and highly entertaining film that will be stuck in your head for a very long time.”
Although “The Wrecking Crew” premiered several years ago at the SXSW Film Festival, it was unable to be released because of the licensing issues involved with the staggering number of hit songs featured in the film. With Magnolia’s current acquisition, the documentary will finally makes it way to theaters in the first quarter of 2015.