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 ]


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