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.
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