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Testimony: A Memoir free pdf One of the most spellbinding, entertaining, major books of the fall: the long-awaited memoir from the Canadian music legend takes us candidly, in his own voice, into his extraordinary life and friendships with some of the greatest artists of the last half-century.Robbie Robertson's singular contributions to popular music have made him one of the most beloved songwriters and guitarists of all time. But few could have expected that a young Canadian would pen some of the most distinctively American songs, music that seems soaked in the mythology of the Old South. With songs like "The Weight," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," and "Up on Cripple Creek," Robertson and his partners in The Band fashioned a new popular music lexicon that has endured for decades, influencing countless musicians. In this captivating memoir of The Band's storied career, Robertson weaves together his half-Jewish, half-Mohawk upbringing on the Brantford Six Nations Reserve and in Toronto- his odyssey south at sixteen and rollicking early years on the road with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins- the slow formation of The Band, their trial-by-fire with Bob Dylan on his 1966 world tour, and the forging of their unique sound. He recounts being catapulted to fame with the success of their groundbreaking debut, and takes us through the astonishing run of albums that culminated in one of history's most famous farewell concerts: the movie "The Last Waltz," directed by Martin Scorcese. This is the story of a time and place--the moment when rock 'n' roll became life, when electric blues legends like Muddy Waters and Otis Rush criss-crossed the circuit of clubs and roadhouses from Texas to Toronto. It's the story of exciting change as the world tumbled into the '60s, and figures like Dylan and The Band redefined music and culture, with a little help from sex and drugs. And it's the moving story of the profound friendship between five young men who together created a new kind of popular music."

About Robbie Robertson

ROBBIE ROBERTSON: born in Toronto, his mother was Mohawk and he learned to play guitar on summer visits to the Six Nations Reserve. In Toronto in his teens he played in several bands, including Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks. As guitarist and principal songwriter for The Band, he performed with artists such as Bob Dylan (66 world tour), Chuck Berry, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The Grateful Dead and many more. The Band's "Music From Big Pink" is revered by some of the biggest names in rock, including The Beatles, Clapton, Janis Joplin, and the Rolling Stones. In '69, The Band were the first North American musical act featured on the cover of "TIME," and "Rock of Ages "went gold. In '74, The Band, with Dylan, released "The Basement Tapes." The farewell movie, "The Last Waltz," with The Band and many of the musical greats performing in support, is widely considered the greatest concert film ever made. Robertson has also produced great movie soundtracks for Scorsese and others--including "Raging Bull "and "The Wolf of Wall Street." His most recent album, "How to Become Clairvoyant," came out in 2011. A Member of the Order of Canada, he was honoured with a commemorative stamp, and has been inducted into all the Halls of Fame in Canada and the U.S. In the 90s he turned his attention and supportive efforts to Native Music, which continues to inspire his own music.

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Author : Robbie Robertson
Publisher : Knopf Canada
Data Published : 25 October 2016
ISBN : 0307401391
EAN : 9780307401397
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 336 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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