33 1/3 Volume 28: The Band's Music From Big Pink

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The received wisdom handed down by rock scholars and historians has been that for Dylan and The Hawks this was a period of woodshedding; of quiet meditation, musical reflection and scholarly, almost Spartan, diligence.

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And, compared to the drug-soaked blitzkrieg that was Dylan's 65-66 world tour, it probably was. However, life in the Catskills that year was also filled with sex, parties, hashish, pregnant locals, heroin, drunken near-fatal car crashes, fist-fights, amphetamines and brushes with the law: All business as usual for a group of young musicians who were receiving their first decent pay-packet and experiencing their first real taste of fame... Informed by extensive research and interviews with surviving Band members Levon Helm and Garth Hudson, Music From Big Pink is a factional book; a place where fictional characters rub shoulders with real people like Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Albert Grossman, and where actual documented events thread their way through the text alongside imagined scenarios. Through the eyes of twenty-three-year-old Greg Keltner, drug-dealer, wannabe musician, bag-man and hanger-on, we witness the gestation and birth of a record that will go on to cast its spell across forty years - bewitching and inspiring artists as disparate as The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Wilco, and The Flaming Lips. Keep up with 33 1/3 series news.

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Author John Niven
Publisher Continuum Books
Page Count 164pp
Publication Size 4.75 x 6.5
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date 2005
ISBN 978-0826417718

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