Take Two for October 16, 2013

The Band's Robbie Robertson on the music that changed the world

Robbie Robertson

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Musician Robbie Robertson attends the US Weekly/Roots Clothing party during the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival September 10, 2003 in Toronto, Canada.

The 1960s were arguably some of the most influential years for American folk rock. One of the most well-known acts from that time was The Band.

They've come out with a new box set of previously unreleased songs recorded live at The Academy of Music in New York in 1971. It includes arrangements by Allen Toussaint and a guest performance from Bob Dylan.

Included are songs like "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."


But before they were The Band, they played for Bob Dylan as the Hawks. Dylan heard about the little-known folk Americana band through the grape vine.  He liked their sound and he asked them to accompany him on a world tour in 1965.

Robbie Robertson, one of the founding members of The Band,  joined Take Two recently to talk about what it was like to tour with Dylan.

"We played around the world and it was something that we didn't see coming," said Robertson. "But this was about to become a musical revolution and we got booed everywhere we played around the world."

Robbie also has a book that came out last week called "Legends, Icons and Rebels: Music That Changed The World." It's all about rock and roll from the '60s and '70s that has shaped what we listen to today.

Catch him signing copies of his book at the Barnes and Noble at The Grove.
 


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