New York Occasions Bestseller • On the fortieth anniversary of The Band’s mythical The Remaining Waltz live performance, Robbie Robertson in spite of everything tells his personal spellbinding tale of the band that modified tune historical past, his odd private adventure, and his inventive friendships with one of the crucial biggest artists of the Remaining part-century.
Robbie Robertson’s singular contributions to fashionable tune have made him one of the liked songwriters and guitarists of his time. With songs like “The Weight,” “The Evening They Drove Antique Dixie Down,” and “Up on Cripple Creek,” he and his companions in The Band formed a tune that has persisted for many years, influencing numerous musicians.
In this fascinating memoir, written over 5 years of mirrored image, Robbie Robertson employs his distinctive storyteller’s voice to weave in combination the adventure that led him to one of the crucial so much pivotal occasions in tune historical past. He recounts the adventures of his part-Jewish, part-Mohawk upbringing at the Six Countries Indian Reserve and at the gritty streets of Toronto; his odyssey at 16 to the Mississippi Delta, the fountainhead of American tune; the wild early years at the street with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks; his surprising ties to the Cosa Nostra underworld; the gripping trial-by means of-hearth “going electrical” with Bob Dylan on his 1966 international excursion, and their resulting celebrated collaborations; the formation of the Band and the forging in their distinctive sound, culminating with historical past’s so much well-known farewell live performance, delivered to existence forever in Martin Scorsese’s nice film The Remaining Waltz.
This is the tale of a time and position–the instant whilst rock ‘n’ roll changed into existence, whilst legends like Pal Holly and Bo Diddley criss-crossed the circuit of golf equipment and roadhouses from Texas to Toronto, whilst The Beatles, Hendrix, The Stones, and Warhol moved via the similar streets and lodge rooms. It is the tale of enjoyable amendment as the sector tumbled in the course of the ’60s and early 70’s, and a era got here of age, constructed on tune, love and freedom. Peculiarly, It is the shifting tale of the profound friendship among 5 younger males who in combination created a brand new more or less fashionable music.
Testimony is Robbie Robertson’s tale, lyrical and real, as best he may just inform it.