Celebrate 50 Years of Rock with Stars & Icons From The 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s & Today
All Events Indoor and Air Conditioned
Rock Con Celebrity Hall
More than 100 rock artists and guests will be appearing in the Rock Con Celebrity Hall for photos and "meet-and-greet" sessions with their fans. Fans will have their chance to get that coveted autograph from rock legends.
National Rock Legend Awards (RCIA's)
The 2010 National Rock Con Icon Awards Ceremony
The National Rock Con Icon Awards are established to honor
the legends, acknowledge accomplishments and recognize
favorites within the rock music industry.
Rock Con's comprehensive program schedule of panels address the important issues affecting the music industry today.
Educational Panel Discussions
The Rock Con Superstar Q&A
"The Wrecking Crew"
Film by Denny Tedesco
Collectively, their roster of hit songs is unmatched in the recording industry, numbering into the hundreds and spanning decades. They've been significantly instrumental (pun fully indended) in building the rise to stardom for a varied list of popular artists from The Beach Boys to Frank (and Nancy) Sinatra; from The 5th Dimension to Sam Cooke; from The Carpenters to Cher. They'd crafted some of pop music's most timeless and recognizable songs. And yet, outside the industry, few could name a single member. They are "The Wrecking Crew."
When a hit record was the desired result, there were no others to consider but "The Wrecking Crew," a group of professional session musicians for hire who, as the film unveils, lent far more to these hit songs than mere instrumentation.
Denny Tedesco's chronicle of pop music's heyday delves back to the
late 50s, 60s and 70s... eras of all-night recording sessions in cramped,
smoke-filled rooms, when real musicianship was not only appreciated, it was
demanded. Stocked with rare, historical footage and interviews with the group’s
members, plus testimonials from music giants Dick Clark, Herb Alpert, Glen
Campbell, Cher, Brian Wilson, Jimmy Webb, Gary Lewis and many
Wrecking Crew" film is an
essential document of contemporary pop history, and a must-see for anyone who's
ever collected music, lived off pop radio or picked up an
"Wages of Spin"
The Wages of Spin chronicles The Philadelphia Music Scene from 1952 thru 1963. The film focuses primarily on Dick Clark, Bandstand, The Teen Idols and Payola. This is the first honest, comprehensive look at the inner workings of The Music Industry during this time frame.The music industry was by no means a paragon of American business ethics. Underhanded practices, rife with conflicts of interest, were the standard for the day.
Payola! As the dirty business of making hits and selling records went on everyone had their hands out. Talent was a secondary consideration in the system of graft and legalized corruption that prevailed at the time
"All is never as it seems. In 1960, Rock and Roll was not the teenage menace that parents feared. And Dick Clark was not the nice young man that teenagers believed. Wages of Spin tells the tale that young musicians featured on Bandstand wouldn't dare share, until now. This documentary is a compelling start to a long overdue correction of history. Prepare to have your illusions shattered."
Rollye James, Radio Personality
The documentary features interviews with: Chubby Checker, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Connie Francis, Mike Love and Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys, Bob Marcucci, Charlie Gracie, Dick Richards (Bill Haley's Comets), Len Barry, Jerry Gross and Mark Stevens (Dovells), Frank Maffei and Joe Terry (Danny and The Juniors), Stephen Caldwell (The Orlons), Jerry Blavat, Ed Hurst, Bill Webber, Sally Starr, Dave Appell, Weldon McDougal
(Larks), Ron Joseph, John Carlton, Pete Cozzi, The Bandstand Dancers and many others.
Character Driven Productions Presents
The Charlie Gracie Story "Fabulous"
Charlie Grace Fabulous chronicles the life and career of Rock and Roll Pioneer, Charlie Gracie. The documentary "Charlie Gracie: Fabulous" is more than just a testimonial. It is the story of the rise, fall and resurrection of one of rock 'n' roll's earliest pioneers!His #1 Hit "Butterfly" knocked Elvis from the top of the charts in 1957 and sold over three million copies Worldwide. He was the first artist on The Cameo-Parkway
Record Label to have hits, bankrolling the company, thus enabling it to launch the careers of a dozen successful artists. He was the first solo American Rock-N-Roll Star to bring the music to The British Concert stage. Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Graham Nash and Ray Davies are among his biggest musical admirers. The late George Harrison called his guitar technique "Brilliant". He continues to be a great ambassador for Rock-N-Roll, performing the roots of Rock-N-Roll all over the world.The video features appearances
by Peter Noone, Andy Williams, the Dovells, the Orlons, Chubby Checker, Jack Scott, Graham Nash, Frankie Avalon, Fabian and others...all paying tribute to Charlie Gracie.
This rare historical black and white video footage is augmented by gorgeous color film and photos you have never seen before and is
interspersed with interviews from 1974 band members and associates.
1974 — On the Road with The Beach Boys
Never before had cameras been allowed into the very private world of the touring Beach Boys
quite like this — until now. This exclusive footage was shot using the
very first portable video camera (called a Portapak) by UCLA graduate
filmmaker and former Beach Boys musician Billy Hinsche,
who takes you on a whirlwind romp through several days and nights of
being up-close-and-personal with “you are there” scenes of life on the
road with the group Rolling Stone magazine called “Band of the Year” for 1974.
Filmed on location during the April and May tours of 1974, you'll
hear conversations among the band members (sometimes with the aid of
subtitles so you don't miss a single word), be a part of the backstage
shenanigans, listen in on plans for tour logistics and strategy, have a
ringside seat at the hysterical madcap backgammon game called “The
Match” (originally released as part of Billy's film The Road Well Traveled
and unavailable for many years), and take a ride in the cockpit of the
Beach Boys' private plane, where you will watch the takeoff sitting in
the jump seat of the charter aircraft.
SPECIAL THEME GUESTLINE-UPS:
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Reunion:
Al Jardine (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band:
Founding member of The Beach Boys)
Mary Wilson (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Band:
Little Anthony & Clarence Collins (Rock & Roll Hall
of Fame band: original members of Little Anthony & The Imperials)
Marty Balin (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band: Jefferson Airplane –
also played in Starship)
Gene Cornish (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: The Rascals – also played in
John Idan (Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame: The Yardbirds – joined later)
Terry Sylvester (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: The Hollies)
Hilton Valentine (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: The Animals)
Bubble Gum Reunion:
Ron Dante of The Archies ("Sugar Sugar" "Jingle Jangle"),The Cuff Links ("Tracy"), The Detergents ("Leader of the Laundromat")
The 1910 Fruitgum Company ("Simon Says," "1 2 3 Red Light")
Lennon Legacy Tribute:
Sid Bernstein (World-famous promoter who brought The Beatles to America)
Dennis Ferrante (John Lennon's Recording Engineer)
Shaun Weiss (Beatles attorney Nat Weiss' son - the only person who
attended both Ed Sullivan shows, the Shea Stadium concerts and the Beatles'
final rooftop concert)
Gary Van Scyoc (Elephants Memory, John Lennon's
Live In NYC band)
Alomar (wrote "Fame" with John Lennon & David Bowie and recorded with Yoko Ono on her "It's alright" Album.
Pang (John Lennon's Personal
Girl Groups Reunion:
The Angels ("My Boyfriend's Back")
Bernadette, Linda, Jiggs, Denise, Arleen & Peggy will all be
Linda Jansen (former original lead singer of The Angels -
"Til," "Cry Baby Cry")
The Delicates ("Black & White Thunderbird," "Submarine
The Toys' Barbara Harris ("A Lover's
LaLa Brooks ("Da Doo Ron Ron")
Carroll - ("Party Girl")
Horror Rock Stars:
Tiersten (Jonathan Tiersten and the Ten
Tiers - from the cult horror film "Sleepaway Camp")
Deane (Scary Cherry & The Bang Bangs - also starred in "Freddy's
Dead: The Final Nightmare)
the Demon Boy Band and the new Demon Boy Comic Book)
Von(Danzig, Samhain and Fiend Artist)
AUTOGRAPHS - LIVE INTERVIEWS - PANELS - PERFORMANCES
UNPLUGGED SESSIONS - AUCTIONS - RARE FILM SCREENINGS