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Robbie Robertson's singular contributions to popular music have made him one of the most beloved songwriters and guitarists of his time. With songs like "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", and "Up on Cripple Creek", he and his partners in The Band fashioned a music that has endured for decades, influencing countless musicians.
In this captivating memoir, written over five years of reflection, Robbie Robertson employs his unique storyteller's voice to weave together the journey that led him to some of the most pivotal events in music history. He recounts the adventures of his half-Jewish, half-Mohawk upbringing on the Six Nations Indian Reserve and on the gritty streets of Toronto; his odyssey at 16 to the Mississippi Delta, the fountainhead of American music; the wild early years on the road with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks; his unexpected ties to the Cosa Nostra underworld; the gripping trial-by-fire "going electric" with Bob Dylan on his 1966 world tour and their ensuing celebrated collaborations; and the formation of The Band and the forging of their unique sound, culminating with history's most famous farewell concert, brought to life for all time in Martin Scorsese's great movie The Last Waltz.
This is the story of a time and place - the moment when rock 'n' roll became life, when legends like Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley crisscrossed the circuit of clubs and roadhouses from Texas to Toronto, when The Beatles, Hendrix, The Stones, and Warhol moved through the same streets and hotel rooms. It's the story of exciting change as the world tumbled through the '60s and early '70s and a generation came of age built on music, love, and freedom. Above all it's the moving story of the profound friendship between five young men who together created a new kind of popular music.
Testimony is Robbie Robertson's story, lyrical and true, as only he could tell it.
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By Challenged on 01-25-17
What did you like best about Testimony? What did you like least?
This is an incomplete autobiography of Robbie Robertson. There is a typical reflection on growing up but he focuses mainly on his time with The Band up until The Last Waltz. That fact is all good and fine, but his career was still rich with other credits and contributions after TLW. The story peaks at The Band's final concert - and then it just ends.Where is the remainder ? His account of meeting very famous musicians is amusing, but more depth and detail could have been achieved.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
When the book ended, the reader was disappointed that Robbie Robertson's career after The Band / The Last Waltz was not included. His 1987 solo album was fantastic and should have been discussed. His ongoing legal battle with Levon Helm should have also been fleshed out.
What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
MacLeod Andrews does excellent impressions of Albert Grossman, Levon Helm and other notable characters. The pace is steady, his read is non invasive.
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By Adam Davis on 01-20-17
you think you know The Band.
I found this audiobook book to be inspiring as a tale one could share with a family member or even a classroom. there is so much detail and depth written in these passages that one is taken back to a time of freedom that has never existed since. the band was part of the dramatic changes in America but the individuals of the band lives, like everyone else, was hard. their musical genius bought together by a one-of-a-kind story, tale produced The band that most people shouldn't but do disregard. The length of their prior story lines before they even became famous is a testament to what made them great in the end. I enjoyed this every step of the way this history lesson offered you the reader. thank you Robbie Robinson for sharing your story and your mates.
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