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The Band: Woodstock

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When the Band took the stage at Woodstock, late Sunday evening, August 17, 1969, they were a little over a month away from releasing their second recording, The Band (Capitol, the “Brown Album") and a year past the release of their debut recording, Music from Big Pink (Capitol, 1968). Later, on January 12, 1970, the group was featured in Time Magazine as “The New Sound of Country Rock." All of this was happening smack dab between stints as Bob Dylan's ...

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The Band Photographs 1968-1969

Read "The Band Photographs 1968-1969" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Band Photographs 1968-1969 Elliott Landy 160 Pages ISBN: # 149502251X Backbeat Books 2015 As much as the Band disavowed imagemaking, preferring to focus as strictly as possible on their music when they emerged from the shadows Bob Dylan's backing ensemble, when embarked upon their own career, they definitely nurtured a distinctive collective persona and the photography of Elliott Landy, in the midst of an illustrious career that found him capturing the essence ...

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The Band: Pioneers of American Music by Craig Harris

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The Band: Pioneers of American Music Craig Harris 214 Pages ISBN: #978081089040 Rowman & Littlefield 2014 It is difficult, if not impossible or unadvisable, to consider Bob Dylan and The Band separately. Theirs was an artistic event horizon that changed much of music afterwards. Writer and percussionist Craig Harris has lovingly committed to pixels The Band: Pioneers of American Music, the thoroughly researched and considered story of the Band, and necessarily, its ...

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The Band: Rock of Ages

Read "The Band: Rock of Ages" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

I'd rather die happy than not die at all... The BandEven its name is an enigma--The Band: a collection of four Canadians and one Arkansan, born to back up another Arkansan, Ronnie Hawkins, as “Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks," then Bob Dylan and then to exist as their own entity--The Band. Five disparate and different individuals who united for a decade, helping define it musically by producing music so much part of the North American collective ...

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The Band: A Musical History

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The Band A Musical History Capitol/EMI 2005

A Musical History is at once as unassuming and all-encompassing as the name of the group it anthologizes, The Band. With each successive compilation devoted to the group, beginning with the two-CD set To Kingdom Come (subtitled definitive), then the three disc package Across the Great Divide, more detail appears in the story before during and after the group assumed their given name (from the ...

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The Band: Rock of Ages Deluxe Edition

Read "Rock of Ages Deluxe Edition" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A superb re-rendering with outtakes that were such for a reason. Reissues and Remastered recordings are important because they provide themselves and the artists that created them an opportunity for reconsideration, often at a time where hindsight is available and productive. Last year, I completed my survey of The Ten Best Rock Live Recordings and The Band's Rock of Ages was justly included in the number three spot. Ahead of The Band were the Allman Brothers Band's The ...


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