on 19 May 2015
This is an excellently researched book, covering just about everything you need to know about The Band. I loved the old stories when they were The Hawks, backing Ronnie Hawkins, who hardened them to life on the road in the sixties, and it was obvious there was a mutual respect there even when they became world famous, and Ronnie's career flagged. The account here of the transition to the Dylan years comes up with quite a bit that wasn't previously common knowledge, and the backround of each member is well researched also. The impact of the Big Pink and The Band albums on the dreary world of late 60's music can't be over estimated, and this book documents it well. An excellent book.
on 11 September 2014
I love the Band, like you wouldnt believe. This is a full account of the journey of the band throughout their run. Unfortunately it doesnt read terribly well, its made up of interviews and excerpts and I watched an episode of behind the music or the making of the brown album and essentially everything that was in the show was replicated in the book. They could have very possibly been done in conjunction with one another but it just felt that it was a waste of time to read the book when I could have watched this hour long loc and get the same information.
Not complaining though, Ill literally read anything Band related.
on 18 March 2013
loved this book. in depth look at the band, the times, and the music of those times. Unfortunately the band seemed to split with some animosity. This seems to be that robbie was the most savvy, wrote all the songs with input from the others, but neglected to credit their input. When the royalties came in he cleaned up while the others ended up skint and resentful. their music will live on forever and their influence is massive, even if this never translated into record sales and wealth. only 2 of them left now that levon has passed away. great book.