The Band FAQ

All That's Left to Know About the Fathers of Americana

Book Description

In a way that no prior rock act had done the Band assimilated remade and contagiously celebrated the rich deep tributaries of American vernacular music. Blues country jazz folk gospel soul rock'n' roll ä the members soaked it all up distilling what they heard and felt into an alchemical brew all their own. Via this vibrant concoction the group ä Levon Helm Robbie Robertson Rick Danko Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson ä reshaped popular music creating the genre now known as roots rock and giving us classic songs like The Weight Up on Cripple Creek and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. ÞThe Band wove a history that rivals the epic scenes they sang about: from their early years as rockabilly wild man Ronnie Hawkins's group the Hawks and their groundbreaking tours and ÊBasement TapesÊ period with Bob Dylan through their emergence as the Band with 1968's landmark album ÊMusic from Big PinkÊ they reigned as one of rock's most popular acts culminating with rock's greatest concert movie ÊThe Last WaltzÊ and their 1980s reunion and ultimate demise with the tragic deaths of Manuel and Danko.ÞÊThe Band FAQÊ digs deep to discuss different facets of the Band's collective and individual stories ä providing intensive analysis of their recordings; highlighting their key concerts collaborations with Bob Dylan outside projects musical and non-musical influences and their contemporary artists; and examining the group's formidable effect on popular music and their still-thriving legacy. A host of rare images rounds out the book which is a must-have for new and longtime fans.

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