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Robbie Robertson: Songs of a native son

Nicholas Jennings, Maclean's, 23 November 1987

STEPPING OFF a Greyhound bus from Toronto in 1961, a 17-year-old boy found himself in West Helena, Ark., by the banks of the Mississippi River, unable to believe his senses. "It smelled different and moved different," Robbie Robertson recently recalled. "The people talked and dressed different. And the air was filled with thick and funky music."

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