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The Band: A Melody Maker Band Breakdown

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, May 1971

FEW ROCK AND ROLL concerts can have been so eagerly awaited as those which The Band are due to play at London's Royal Albert Hall ...


Ronnie Hawkins (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1991

The Hawk recalls rockin' out of Canada with his teenage Hawks - road stories, show business sharks and wild times, taking in Roulette's Morris Levy, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and, of course, ex-Hawks The Band.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 81mb, total interview length: 1h 18' 25" sound quality: ***

Elliott Landy on Photographing The Band (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1991

The great rock photographer remembers his time working with The Band, from Woodstock and Big Pink to Los Angeles and The Band sessions.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 46.7mb, total interview length: 50' 57" sound quality: ****

Bill Graham on The Band (and Dylan) (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1991

Über-promoter Bill Graham talks about his relationship with The Band, from their Winterland debut to The Last Waltz, via Watkins Glen and the 1974 Dylan mega-tour

File format: mp3 File size: 28.3mb Interview length: 30 minutes 56 seconds Sound quality: ****

The Band's Rick Danko (1995)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1995

A fascinating interview with Rick Danko about living in Woodstock, the Big Pink ("actually magenta") , and working in the Basement with Bob Dylan.

File format: mp3 File size: 28.5mb Interview length: 31 minutes 13 seconds Sound quality: ****

The Band's Levon Helm (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1998

The Band's drummer takes us from West Memphis nightclubs to The Hawks to Dylan to Big Pink to Muddy Waters, and along the way touches on his break with Robbie Robertson and the death of Richard Manuel

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 81.1meg, total interview length: 1h 28' 37" sound quality: **


Bob Dylan: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, June 1966

With A Mixture Of Folk, Rock And Comedy, Dylan Shows He Can Take Every Insult But Not A Compliment ...

New Dylan

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1967

Ten New Songs (RBP Editor's note: these songs would later be bootlegged, then released, as The Basement Tapes) ...

The Band: Friends and Neighbours Just Call Us The Band

Profile and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, August 1968

NEW YORK: Big Pink is one of those middle class ranch houses of the type that you would expect to find in development row in ...

On The Horizon: The Band

Profile and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Hullabaloo, October 1968

BIG PINK IS ONE of those middle-class ranch houses of the type that you would expect to find in development row in the heart of ...

Canned Heat: Livin' The Blues (Liberty) The Band: Music From Big Pink (Capitol)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Times Educational Supplement, March 1969

IF YOU'RE A young white man who digs the blues and who likes to make music, what do you do about it? Your decision used ...

The Band Breathes Fresh Country Air Over Fillmore East

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1969

THE BAND, WHICH was first known as Bob Dylan's back-up group, spent Friday and Saturday coolly circulating mountain air through the Fillmore East, 105 Second ...

The Band: We Can Talk About It Now

Live Review by Greil Marcus, Good Times, August 1969

THE BAND has been together the best part of a decade, almost nine years. Little Richard has been Little Richard for about double that, but ...

The Band, Sly & The Family Stone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin: Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Bethel, NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1969

Rock Audience Moves to Dusk-to-Dawn Rhythms ...

Bob Dylan, The Band: Isle of Wight Festival

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, September 1969

The gospel according to Dylan ...

Bob Dylan et al: Isle of Wight Festival

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, September 1969

200,000 roar approval including John, George, Ringo and wives! But Dylan didn't quite sink Isle of Wight, reports Richard Green ...

Bob Dylan, The Band: Isle of Wight Festival

Live Review by Miles, International Times, September 1969

VISITORS to the 2nd Isle of Wight Music Festival at Godshill near Ryde more than doubled the population of the Island, outnumbered the 130 local ...

The Band: Working With Bob

Interview by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, September 1969

JAMIE ROBBIE Robertson, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko are privileged to be five of the closest people to Bob Dylan. They ...

Ronnie Hawkins: Preaching Rock-A-Billy

Interview by Larry LeBlanc, Hit Parader, December 1969

LIFE ON Yonge St. in Toronto, is a crackerjack maze of flickering neon lights, honking car horns and fast people. ...

Mass Music: The Band, Allman Brothers, Tony Williams and Miles Davis

Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, December 1969

EACH OF the record albums discussed here could be termed a masterpiece worthy of a full-length "rave." But the Review format can often be nothing ...

The Band: Felt Forum, New York NY; The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1969

'The Band' Rocks With Hillbilly Ease ...

The Band: Civic Auditorium, Pasadena CA

Live Review by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, February 1970

LOS ANGELES, Tuesday: The Band, rapidly reaching the pinnacle of respect enjoyed by only a handful of groups in America, performed two sold-out concerts in ...

The Band: Stage Fright (Capitol)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

WHEN YOU hear the term country/rock, you immediately think of Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Levon Helm, collectively The Band. For ...

The Week's Singles: Laura Nyro, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, The Band et al

Review by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

Magnificent, dynamic Nyro ...

The Band at Central Park

Live Review by Nick Tosches, New Haven Rock Press, Fall 1970

ON THE night of June 29, The Band played to the biggest crowd in the four-year history of the now-traditional Central Park Summer Beer Festival ...

The Band – Or When The Booing Ended

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

NOBODY SEEMS to know much about the Band. That they're a living legend is a fact, a household name, true, but few people could enlighten ...

Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan and the Hawks Live At Albert Hall, 1966

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, June 1971

IT IS THE MOST supremely elegant piece of rock'n'roll music I've ever heard. ...

The Band: A Report from Paris

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Melody Maker, June 1971

NO DIFFICULTY KNOWING when you've just finished hearing a great rock concert. Because you'll be in the middle of a great crowd of people standing ...

The Boys in The Band...

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, July 1971

The Band have probably become the most highly respected group among groups since their first album was released three years ago. ...

The Band Comes Back to California

Live Review by uncredited writer, Los Angeles Times, November 1971

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was exactly 9:30 p.m. Saturday when Bill Graham, far more relaxed than in his intense Fillmore days, walked on stage at ...

The Band: Cahoots (Capitol)

Review by Jon Tiven, Phonograph Record, December 1971


'There's Still Togetherness': The Band

Report and Interview by Nick Logan, Hit Parader, December 1971

The Band – now down to playing 10 to 15 gigs a year over four or five weekends...a couple of tours a year the rest ...

Ronnie Hawkins: Plugging Along The Publicity Route, But...?

Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times Special Features Syndication, September 1972

THE HAWK blew into town recently, spewing one-liners and hoping that his big mouth would bring him fame instead of trouble this time. ...

The Band: Rock Of Ages

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, November 1972

ON A GREAT NIGHT, the Band grab and mesmerize, so that neither your eyes nor your thoughts can be on anything else. It helps that ...

The Band: Rock of Ages (EMI)

Review by Chris Rowley, International Times, November 1972

A WHILE BACK I was leaning up against the pinball machine in our favourite hostelry when one of the company remarked to me that the ...

The Band: Band Of Gold

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, November 1973

EVEN THOUGH everyone involved is tremendously excited about the Band/Dylan tour (reported on page one), 1973 still has some time left and The Band have ...

The Band: Moondog Matinee

Review by Lenny Kaye, Rolling Stone, January 1974

UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES this would be a fairly disappointing album for the Band, coming as it does on the year-old heels of a live set ...

Bob Dylan & The Band: Night of the Zimmerman

Report by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, January 1974

CHICAGO, ILLINIOS – land of Lincoln, booming metropolis of the Mid-West, heart of Middle America. Not as sophisticated as New York, nor as small as ...

The Band: Moondog Matinee

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, January 1974

WHATEVER REASON you might tender to explain the artistic atrophy that has overtaken Dylan, it's beginning to seem as though his old cronies, The Band, ...

Bob Dylan & The Band: Knocking On Heaven's Door

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, February 1974

THEY CHEERED and clapped and waved for fifteen minutes even though the house lights were up and 'Greensleeves' was playing through the PA system and ...

Dylan and The Band Return with Planet Waves

Report by John Swenson, Circus, April 1974

When Dylan took the lid off the box he was hiding in, he made the conditions for peeping in very difficult. Now Bob Dylan doesn't ...

The Band: A Tree With Roots

Profile by Mick Gold, Let It Rock, April 1974

THE LEGEND runs that in the summer of 1965 the Hawks (also known as the Crackers) were playing a night club in the seashore resort ...

Bob Dylan: Before The Flood

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, June 1974

AN APPOSITE QUOTE from Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles (the town preacher talking): "Oh Lord, can we truly accomplish this great task – or are we ...

Eric Clapton: A Hero Comes To Town

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1974

PITTSBURGH, PA. – The tint on the TV screen gave the newscaster a peculiarly reddish face, almost as if he was genuinely quite excited about ...

Bob Dylan/The Band: Before The Flood (Asylum)

Review by Tom Nolan, Rolling Stone, August 1974

THROUGHOUT BOB DYLAN'S performances on this in-concert album there is evident an effort to match the material – nearly all from much earlier in his ...

Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, September 1975

WHAT WE HAVE here is the most enjoyable Dylan album yet released. ...

Bob Dylan and the Band: The Basement Tapes

Review by Mick Gold, Let It Rock, September 1975

On Blonde on Blonde, Dylan gave us his metaphysical, amphetamine dreams from some smoke-filled apartment in midtown Manhattan. On John Wesley Harding, he synthesized a ...

The Band: Northern Lights — Southern Cross

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, December 1975

I'M UP AGAINST a deadline on this one, having to hurry – which is bad enough without having to respond fairly to a group operating ...

The Band: Northern Lights, Southern Cross (Capitol)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, December 1975

THE BAND don't rush things – this is their first album of original material in four years – and to review this after having listened ...

The Band's Robbie Robertson: 'The Struggle Has Gone'

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, January 1976

ROBBIE ROBERTSON: "We'd been around so long that we couldn't take a name seriously. So we made the first album and we called ourselves the ...

Across The Great Divide with Robbie Robertson

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Crawdaddy!, March 1976

A Portrait of the Artist as a Mystery Man ...

The Band: Northern Lights - Southern Cross

Review by Greil Marcus, Creem, March 1976

A RECENT nation-wide telephone poll on Northern Lights-Southern Cross, the Band's first collection of new songs in four years, has produced a solid consensus. All ...

...Mounties, Maple Syrup: The Band at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, September 1976

RUMOURS HAD BEEN circulating (the way rumours always do) for some months. They claimed that there was some kind of rift between The Band and ...

The Band: The Best Of The Band

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, September 1976

ANYTHING THAT allows The Band to maintain their self-imposed torpor should be actively discouraged, and it is with this sentiment in mind that I proposed ...

Rick Danko: Solo, But Not Alone

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1976

WITH THE possible exception of Robbie Robertson, the individual members of the Band have enjoyed a remarkable anonymity that belies their status as one of ...

And The Band Played On... The Band's Last Waltz

Live Review by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, November 1976

IT WAS UNDOUBTEDLY the single biggest collection of rock stars ever to perform on one stage: 17 musicians played Bob Dylan's ‘I Shall Be Released’, ...

The Band's "Last Waltz": Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Stephen M H Braitman, Phonograph Record, December 1976

WHEN THE announcement came, 5,000 tickets at $25 each were sold out almost immediately. This was the final show, "The Last Waltz." The Band — ...

The Band's Last Stand

Live Review by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, December 1976

IT WASN'T easy to book a plane from Los Angeles airport on Thanksgiving to fly up to San Francisco for the Band's farewell live concert ...

The Band: Islands (Capitol)

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, March 1977

IT IS no accident that The Band have been the most bearded outfit in the rock business. They entered the public arena, when at all, ...

The Band: Islands (Capitol)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, April 1977

WHEN Isaac Hayes was at the peak of his success, some five or six years ago, he told me of his great ambition to write ...

The Band: Islands

Review by Andy Childs, ZigZag, May 1977

EVER SINCE I first heard the magnificent 'Acadian Driftwood' and marvelled in particular at Garth Hudson's tasteful use of synthesiser, it has always been a ...

The Band’s All-Star Farewell Banquet

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Waxpaper, 1978

"FOR THE FILM, first of all, you have to do a thing which is called pre-dubbing, which is where you take your 24 tracks and ...

The Weight: The Band's Anthology

Review by Dave Marsh, Boston Phoenix, The, 1978

IT'S NOT HARD to understand the release of Anthology, the second repackaging of Band material in two years. The group made only eight albums (one ...

The Band: The Last Waltz (Warner Brothers)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, April 1978

The second feeding of the 5000... And lo, the leftovers filled six sides of vinyl. And the people marveled. ...

Ten Years of Stage Fright: The Life And Times Of Robbie Robertson & The Band

Retrospective and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1978

ALTHOUGH AT the time individuals may tell you different, it's no big deal for a band to break up. It happens almost every week and, ...

The Last Waltz: Time Gentlemen Please

Film/DVD/TV Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, August 1978

The Last Waltz (United Artists)Directed by Martin ScorseseStarring The Band, Bob Dylan etc. etc. ...

Robbie Robertson: Between Trains

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, May 1983

QUALITY IS something that Robbie Robertson definitely understands. ...

Robbie Robertson

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, April 1987

Fireworks were going off in the Sixties. Music was happening quicker than people could deal with. ...

The Band: Life Is A Carnival

Essay by Jeff Tamarkin, Goldmine, July 1991

THE QUINTET KNOWN as the Band never did get back together in that same, familiar aggregation. To this day, however, there is a band called ...

Robbing America for a storyline thread

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, October 1991

ROBBIE ROBERTSON should be used to jetlag. He spent 16 years on the road as a member of The Band and knows only too well ...

Heart & Soul: The Band

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1994

MENTION THE BAND TO PEOPLE IN 1993 and the chances are they'll say: "What band?" So much for the enduring legacy of the finest group ...

The Story of Bobby Charles and Bearsville

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Escott, Stony Plain Records, September 1994

BOBBY CHARLES IS one of the great Louisiana records, and there have been a few. It doesn't matter that it was recorded in upstate New ...

Robbie Robertson: The Q 100 Interview

Interview by Andy Gill, Q, January 1995

How the devil are you? ...

The Band: Live at Watkins Glen

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, June 1995

"They got their own thing together that takes you to a certain place. Takes you where they want to go... they play their things on ...

The Band: High on the Hog

Review by Geoffrey Himes, New Country, June 1996

WHEN ROBBIE ROBERTSON and the rest of the Band split into two camps in the late '70s, who ever thought Robertson would get the worst ...

The Weight on Levon Helm

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1998

LEVON HELM is perched on the arm of a carved wooden chair in his large house-cum-recording studio in Woodstock, N.Y., and he’s cackling his head ...

Robbie Robertson: The Underworld of Redboy

Interview by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, August 1998

TWENTY YEARS ago, a Martin Scorsese film called The Last Waltz was released in theaters. As rock fans easily recall, this star-studded musical event – ...

The Band

Book Excerpt by David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, Rock 100, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

THE BAND was once described as the only group who could warm up the crowd for Abraham Lincoln. When they first appeared late in 1968, ...

The Band's Rick Danko Dies At 56

Obituary by Frank Tortorici,, December 1999

RICK DANKO, whose high voice marked such roots-rock classics by The Band as 'The Weight' and 'Stage Fright', was found dead Friday morning (Dec. 10) ...

Dylan and The Band: Obviously Five Believers

Retrospective and Interview by Andy Gill, Q, October 2000

He took them round the world – to endless booing. They settled in Woodstock, separated, and then reunited for the highest grossing tour of the ...

The Band: Cahoots

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Capitol Records, October 2000

IRONICALLY, after the release of Stage Fright in September 1970, The Band spent the ensuing three months touring America. "We had it set up pretty ...

The Band: Music From Big Pink

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Capitol Records, October 2000

IT ALL BEGAN with a house. An unremarkable ranch house sitting at the end of a long dirt driveway in the shadow of a mountain ...

The Band: Stage Fright

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Capitol Records, October 2000

THE BAND had good reason to call their third album Stage Fright. On the eve of their live debut at Bill Graham’s Winterland theater in ...

The Band: The Band

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Capitol Records, October 2000

'TWAS IN the early summer of 1968 that legendary rock promoter Bill Graham drove up to the Catskill mountains to propose that The Band make ...

The Band: Back To The Land

Retrospective and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, November 2000

Nestling beneath the forest-clad slopes of Overlook Mountain, a couple of hours drive north of New York City, the town of Woodstock has a sort ...

Rock’n’Roll Academy: Revisiting The Band’s Rock of Ages

Review by Martin Colyer, Rock's Backpages, January 2001

TWO OF MY favourite live albums were recorded at either end of 1971. In February Taj Mahal added a horn section of four Tuba players ...

Band on the Rerun: Rowdy, haunting and resonant, The Band is the voice of a vanished America

Retrospective by Richard Gehr, My Generation, February 2001

A GORGEOUS MELANCHOLY lies at the core of the music created by The Band, four Canadian rockers and an Arkansas drummer who, some argue, brought ...

The Band: Wheels On Fire

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, September 2001

IN TERMS OF scale and impact, rock music was born during Dylan's 1965-6 world tour with a group called The Hawks. Dylan's rig was by ...

The Night They Put The Band To Rest: The Last Waltz Revisited

Review by The Rev. Al Friston, Rock's Backpages, April 2002

"THE LAST WALTZ" was The Band's star-studded swansong, staged on Thanksgiving Day, 1976. Martin Scorsese made a timeless rockumentary about it, inspiring a hundred alt.roots-rockers ...

The Band: The Last Waltz

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 2002

SIXTEEN YEARS, man.....Five years backing the Hawk; two more backing Bob Dylan, for Chrissakes. And then almost a decade on their own, a Band with ...

Million Dollar Bash: Dylan and The Band

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, Fall 2003

A LOT OF MUSICIANS have played with Bob Dylan over the last forty-odd years, but none of them has quite had the special relationship with ...

Choo Choo Ch’Boogie: Festival Express 1970

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2004

IT WAS THE Lollapalooza of its day – a week-long, three-date circus of a rock and roll tour featuring The Band, Buddy Guy, Janis Joplin, ...

The Backpages Interview: Robbie Robertson

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, October 2005

RBP: A Musical History seems like a formidable undertaking. ...

Garth and Maud Hudson playing 'Blind Willie McTell': 100 Club, London, September 26

Live Review by Martin Colyer, Rock's Backpages, October 2007

SO THE CROWD parts to let Garth Hudson wheel his wife Maud to the stage, and Maud's dressed for a Woodstock winter, hat, scarves and ...

Levon Helm: Dirt Farmer

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2007

LEVON HELM was the southern heart of that essentially Canadian group The Band, the drummer/singer/mandolinist who gave Robbie Robertson's songs their corn-starch authenticity. Helm it ...

The Sounds of Scorsese

Overview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, March 2008


The Shape I'm In: Levon Helm

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, October 2009

IF LEVON HELM'S studios have a Green Room, then this must be it. A ramshackle den leading off a homely wooden kitchen, it's currently crawling ...

Garth Hudson on Levon Helm

Memoir by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 2012

"THE FIRST TIME I saw Levon in action was in Woodstock, Ontario, about thirty-five miles from London, where I grew up. Ronnie and the Hawks ...

Oh Brother Where Art Thou? The Night They Drove Ole Levon Down

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 2012

IN THE BACKWOODS gang that was The Band, Levon Helm was the lean and wiry chancer with one eye on the ladies and a voice ...

Ageless: The Band at the Academy of Music, 1971

Retrospective and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, September 2013

DURING THE FINAL week of 1971, the Band played four legendary concerts at New York City's Academy Of Music, ushering in the New Year with ...

see also Rick Danko

see also Bob Dylan

see also Ronnie Hawkins

see also Levon Helm

see also Garth Hudson

see also Robbie Robertson

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