Across the Great Divide

Across the Great Divide

The Band and America

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the turbulent career of The Band--Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, and Levon Helm--from their beginnings playing in seedy bars to their rise to international stardom

Blackwell North Amer
The Band was one of the most celebrated and influential groups to arrive on the music scene in the late sixties, creating some of the most profoundly stirring albums of the era, the myths and emotions of rural America their abiding themes.
The Band's members - four Canadians: Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, and one drummer from Arkansas, Levon Helm - fashioned something magically new out of components that were musically traditional: old-time country and gospel, Preservation Hall jazz, medicine-show vaudeville. They started as The Hawks, a teenage backup group for rockabilly renegade Ronnie Hawkins, touring the endless highways through the heart of the South. Eventually they headed north, where they left Hawkins to become Bob Dylan's band on the revolutionary electric tours of 1965 and 1966. From there they retreated to Woodstock, and, during a period of intense personal closeness and creativity, produced two of the most revered and hallmark albums of the era - Music from the Big Pink and The Band. These were part of a remarkable series of recordings, full of poetry and musical inspiration, an earthy fusion of country, gospel, and rock 'n' roll that set them solidly apart from the sonic overkill of their psychedelic contemporaries.
When The Band finally emerged from the shell of their Woodstock home they found themselves ill-equipped to deal with the realities of fame and the music business. Stage fright, drug addictions, and growing bad feelings within the group led them to quit with the star-studded farewell of "The Last Waltz" in 1976. A few years later Richard Manuel tragically hung himself in the bathroom of the Winter Park Quality Inn.
Across the Great Divide is a vivid and rollicking biographical journey of five unforgettable men. It spans the entire course of American rock and roll, from rockabilly to sequencers, from dirtbox roadhouses on lost highways to mind-bending psychedelia, with a supporting cast that includes Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Janis Joplin, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Martin Scorsese, U2, and Bill Graham. Barney Hoskyns brilliantly captures the raw magic and complex personalities of these "musician's musicians."

Baker
& Taylor

Recounts the turbulent career of The Band--Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, and Levon Helm--from their beginnings playing in seedy bars to their rise to international stardom.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 1993
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781562828363
1562828363
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 HOSKY
Characteristics: 438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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