Saturday, November 12, 2016

...The Band’s first two albums, “Music From Big Pink” (1968) and “The Band” (1969), sounded antiquated and thrillingly modern at the same time; they seemed to open new vistas on American life. The vocals were passed from man to man as if they were a spliff...

Everyone in the Band became famous and wealthy. The bad habits and car crashes commenced. “Oh, you don’t know the shape I’m in,” the keyboard player Richard Manuel sang in one of Mr. Robertson’s best-known songs. He was speaking as if for all of them.

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