- Publish Date: 2016-11-15
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Robbie Robertson
The New York Times Bestseller
âHigh-spirited, hugely enjoyable and generous from start to finish.â âNew York Times Book Review
âRobust, wry, gritty and wise.â âThe Wall Street JournalÂ
Confident and well oiled. At times it has the mythic sweep of an early Terrence Malick movie.âNew York Times
On the 40th anniversary of The Bandâs legendary The Last Waltz concert, Robbie Robertson finally tells his own spellbinding story of the band that changed music history, his extraordinary personal journey, and his creative friendships with some of the greatest artists of the last half-century.
Â Â Â Â Â 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.
Â Â Â Â In this captivating memoir, written over five years of reflection, Robbie Robertson employs his unique storytellerâs 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 sixteen 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 âgoing electricâ with Bob Dylan on his 1966 world tour, and their ensuing celebrated collaborations; the formation of the Band and the forging of their unique sound,Â culminating with history's most famous farewell concert, brought to life for all time in Martin Scorsese's great movieÂ The Last Waltz.Â
Â Â Â Â 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 criss-crossed 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 70âs, 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. Â Â Â
Testimony is Robbie Robertsonâs story, lyrical and true, as only he could tell it.