Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Crown Archetype, 2016

By page 100 of this 500 page testimonial I knew it was about to go down as one of the finest books about rock 'n' roll ever written, lived through, and survived, since Robertson is now 73. Congratulations. Set this book right alongside Robertson's old buddy Levon Helm and his music memoir This Wheel's On Fire. Except Robertson's experience is a bit more literary, even expansive, whereas Helm's story is straight out of the Arkansas wilderness, and he was the early 'older brother' to the teenage runaway down-from-Canada Robertson. By the time we see both heroes in the film The Last Waltz (1976) both are freewheelin' storytellers trying to top the other. It's still going on in their respective books. And like their work together in the The Band — not a moment is wasted.
p.s. Don't expect any clarity on who-owns-what with The Band's
songs when it comes between Helm~Robertson.
The music is a dream.
Then there's the nitty gritty.

[ BA ]


Luster said...


When I packed up and finally moved to the Ozarks in February 1975 landing in Ronnie Hawkins's hometown of Fayetteville, the story of him and The Band seemed the one to learn. The first interview I ever did for publication was with Levon and over the years I talked with a host of local musicians, club owners, bar flies. I was convinced -- and still am -- that you could tell the story of American music from Fayetteville or any map spot. Ronnie's first cousin Tom Cochran is a fine novelist and a Longhouse poet. The one-up rivalry of storytellers will never be fully panned for the gold of truth if such exists, but damn its fine listening. Eager to visit Robbie's book and his Music for the Native Americans is a steady companion.

stay close,


Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Mike — you've said it all.

ever thanks, Bob