The Band FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Fathers of Americana

The Band FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Fathers of Americana

by Peter Aaron, The Band


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(FAQ). 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 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 Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson 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." The 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 Basement Tapes period with Bob Dylan, through their emergence as the Band with 1968's landmark album Music from Big Pink , they reigned as one of rock's most popular acts, culminating with rock's greatest concert movie, The Last Waltz , and their 1980s reunion and ultimate demise with the tragic deaths of Manuel and Danko. The Band FAQ digs deep to discuss different facets of the Band's collective and individual stories 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617136139
Publisher: Backbeat
Publication date: 10/01/2016
Series: FAQ Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 520,322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1 Let Him Take It from the Top: A Primer on The Band's Five Original Members 1

2 I See My Life Before Me: A Brief History of The Band 10

3 So I'm Going to Unpack All My Things: Elements That Made The Band Unique 18

4 When I Paint My Masterpiece: The Band's Greatest Tracks 35

5 All Kinds of People You Might Want to Know: Notable Figures in Bandland 46

6 They Gave This Plowboy His Fortune and Fame: The Musical Genres That Forged The Band's Sound 65

7 King Harvest (Has Surely Come): The Band's Studio Albums (1968-1977) 85

8 Come On Baby, Let's Take a Little Walk: Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks 106

9 They Call My Home the Land of Snow: Band Landmarks in the Toronto Area 117

10 I Got My Own Thing Coin': The Band's Garage Rock Days (1964-1965) 126

11 But I'd Rather Be Burned in Canada: The Toronto-Area Music Scene (1959-1965) 133

12 We Are Gathered Here to Give a Little Thanks: Artists Who Influenced The Band 147

13 But He'll Go Down in the Shelter Late: The Basement Tapes 160

14 Once I Climbed Up the Face of a Mountain: Band Landmarks in the Woodstock Area 172

15 If the Good Times Get You Through: Woodstock Musicians and Figures of the 1960s and 1970s 184

16 Could There Be Someone Among This Crowd: Ten Top Rock Acts Who Rethought Their Own Art After Hearing The Band 198

17 You'll See What They See Right Now: Photographer Elliott Landy 205

18 Passed Out Tickets Cautiously: Significant Band Concerts 213

19 Play Them One More Time for Me: Fifteen Rare Band Songs 226

20 Just Another Whistle Stop: The Band's Official Live Albums 233

21 Knockin' Lost John: AProfile of Producer John Simon 241

22 With My Very Best Friend: The Band's 1974 Reunion with Bob Dylan 250

23 Forbidden Fruit: Twenty Essential Band Bootlegs 257

24 And Lie Got Caught in the Spotlight: The Last Waltz 266

25 Music in the Air, I Hear It Everywhere: Box Sets and Best-Oft 273

20 That's the Stuff You Gotta Watch: The Band on Film 278

27 (I Don't Want to) Bang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes: The Band Reunites (1983-1999) 296

28 He Played Out His Heart Just the Time to Pass: Solo Albums 306

29 We Can Take In a Jamboree: The Band as Guest Musicians 319

30 Where Do We Go from Here? The Musical Legacy of The Band 324

Selected Bibliography 333

Index 337

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