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Read about Kent Hartman (BS ’83) and his new book, The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret
Author: Wenye Tang
Posted: May 15, 2012

We all recognize names like "Good Vibrations," "California Dreamin,'" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." But what about Hal Blaine? Larry Knechtel? Carol Kaye?  PSU Alum Kent Hartman (BS ’83) documents the lives and careers of the often unheard members of The Wrecking Crew, a group of Los Angeles musicians who played on some of the biggest hits of the '60s and '70s, in his new book.

Hartman lived in L.A. for decades working with dozens of well-known artists, including Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, Hall & Oates, Counting Crows, and Lyle Lovett, and for several years produced The Classic Comedy Break, a nationwide radio feature. The Portland author received an undergraduate degree in Business and Political Science from PSU in 1983, where he also taught marketing for six years until Fall of 2011. Read more about Ken’s recent feature in the New York Times.

“[The Wrecking Crew by Kent Hartman] has the … potent excitement of a collection of greatest hits. It makes good music sound better.”

— Janet Maslin, The New York Times