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Across The Great Divide


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Across The Great Divide by Barney Hoskyns
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The Band was one of the most celebrated and influential groups to arrive on the music scene in the late 1960s. The Band's members - Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm - fashioned something magically new out of musically traditional components: old-time country and gospel, Preservation Hall jazz, medicine-show vaudeville. They started as The Hawks, a teenage backup group for the rockabilly renegade Ronnie Hawkins, touring the endless highways through the heart of the South. Eventually they headed north, where they left Hawkins to become Bob Dylan's band on the revolutionary electric tours of 1965 and 1966. From there they retreated to Woodstock, and, during a period of intense personal closeness and creativity, produced two of the hallmark albums of the era. When The Band finally emerged from their Woodstock home they found themselves ill-equipped to deal with the realities of fame and the music business. Stage fright, drug addictions and growing bad feelings within the group led them to quit with the star-studded farewell of "The Last Waltz" in 1976. A few years later Richard Manuel hung himself in the bathroom of the Winter Park Quality Inn. This history captures the raw magic and complex personalities of these "musician's musicians".

Author Biography

Barney Hoskyns was born in England in 1959 and began writing for the New Musical Express after leaving Oxford. He has since written for The Times, the New Statesman, the Guardian, Spin, the Los Angeles Reader, Creem, Vogue and many other publications. His other books include Say it One Time for the Brokenhearted and Imp of the Perverse.
Release date NZ
July 3rd, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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