5 Reasons to Take an Assignment

July 5, 2016

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If you like early rock ‘n’ roll and have listened to The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations,” or The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” or even Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” then what you may not know is that you were listening to the same band. That’s right. Aside from the vocals, the music came from the same low-profile set of studio musicians, a group dubbed The Wrecking Crew.

Hired on an ad hoc basis by just about every big name in music during the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, The Wrecking Crew was a core group of highly talented artists who did more than play backup. They improvised, innovated and originated the sounds of many iconic figures who shaped the music industry and pop culture.

They were to the music business what a good group of independents can be in public relations: sometimes anonymous, usually talented and often influential.

One of The Wrecking Crew’s unofficial leaders was guitarist Tommy Tedesco, who had four simple rules to determine whether to take a gig. These rules can easily apply to independents trying to figure out when to take an assignment. His four reasons to take a job were: “for the money, for the experience, for the connections or for the fun.” I’d add one more: as a favor:

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