Kent Hartman (BS '83) won the 2013 Frances Fuller award for General Nonfiction for his book The Wrecking Crew (St. Martin's Press) at Monday night's Oregon Book Awards, hosted by Literary Arts at the Gerding Theater at the Armory.
'The Wrecking Crew' was the name of a secret cohort of musicians, coined by drummer Hal Blaine, who played the instruments on your favorite albums throughout the sixties and early seventies, taking the place of the “real” members. In the book, an LA Times bestseller, Hartman reveals the full and fascinating truth about this group of rarely credited and largely unknown studio musicians. Hartman devoted several years to research and conducted hundreds of hours of taped interviews with virtually anybody he could find who had been in the Wrecking Crew or had been associated with them. The result is a riveting, revelation packed book to thrill rock and roll fans of all ages.
Other winners include ex-adjunct faculty member Cheryl Strayed, for her work Wild (Knopf), which won the People's Choice Award, and Ruth Tenzer Feldman for her work Blue Thread, which won the Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature. Blue Thread was published by Ooligan Press, which is a student-run press housed in the English department's Master's in Book Publishing.