Robbie Robertson, Then...

Robbie Robertson, Then...

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Robbie Robertson's story is part of our collective musical history. He started as a  rock and roll guitar player in Canada with Ronnie Hawkins and his band, The Hawks. This ensemble went on to become Bob Dylan's backing band, both live and in the studio. In 1967, Robertson and friends secluded themselves in that legendary pink house in West Saugerties, New York. Down in the basement at Big Pink, they jammed, wrote, and recorded music with and without Bob Dylan, on tracks that would eventually be released nearly a decade later as The Basement Tapes (1975).

At Big Pink, the band became The Band as it crafted the songs that would appear on its first album, the classic Music from Big Pink (1968) which was recorded at pro studios in New York and Los Angeles. For their second album, they chose to actually record in a house—unheard of at the time—a pool house on Sammy Davis Jr.’s Hollywood estate. The resulting album, The Band (1969), has just been remixed and re-released in a 50th Anniversary box set. Robbie was kind enough to take us back to those amazing times and the making of this classic record.