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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:07 pm    Post subject: Across the Great Divide  Reply with quote

Barney Hoskyns book about the Band as recommended to me by Butts. Helps explain how a bunch of Canadian mooseshaggers produced music that perfectly evoked the history and spirituality of the deep south.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spooky - just finished this the other day. The dissection of the Last Waltz is enthralling.

P136 - Robbie Robertson consciously turns Dylan from the storyteller into the songwriter by playing him 'When A Man Loves A Woman' by Percy Sledge saying... 'this is not saying anything much and is killing me, wheras you're rambling on for an hour and losing me'.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:44 am    Post subject: Re: Across the Great Divide Reply with quote

fartcatcher wrote:
Barney Hoskyns book about the Band as recommended to me by Butts. Helps explain how a bunch of Canadian mooseshaggers produced music that perfectly evoked the history and spirituality of the deep south.

Marvellous


FC, Is your copy a new smaller paperback edition than the original? The one I've seen is a bit big for the bus, which has put me off in the past. If so, I'm in.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Across the Great Divide Reply with quote

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fartcatcher wrote:
Barney Hoskyns book about the Band as recommended to me by Butts. Helps explain how a bunch of Canadian mooseshaggers produced music that perfectly evoked the history and spirituality of the deep south.

Marvellous


FC, Is your copy a new smaller paperback edition than the original? The one I've seen is a bit big for the bus, which has put me off in the past. If so, I'm in.


it's a paperback version published 2003. Still a fairly weighty tome though. 411 pages and not many pictures but nice big print for old folk like me.

Has helped to pass the evenings this week as mrs f is studying for something or other and has been monopolising the PC to do her 'work'.

It's inspired me to go and listen to all their stuff again - which can't be bad.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That album of covers - 'Moondog Matinee' - is one I've discovered as a result of this book.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That album of covers - 'Moondog Matinee' - is one I've discovered as a result of this book.


I think their version of 'Mystery Train' is as good as the Elvis version.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm biased but this is my favourite version of Mystery Train.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm biased but this is my favourite version of Mystery Train.



Just as a matter of interest t'b, why are you biased, were you a stray cat ?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Levon Helm still going strong. He must have beaten throat cancer about five times by now.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just as a matter of interest t'b, why are you biased, were you a stray cat ?


I was a big Stray Cat fan back in the day.

*struts like a stray cat*
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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lebowski wrote:

Just as a matter of interest t'b, why are you biased, were you a stray cat ?


I was a big Stray Cat fan back in the day.

*struts like a stray cat*


More like a mincing pussy.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I was a big Stray Cat fan back in the day.



In which case you should check out the Jim Jones Revue (separate thread somewhere). When I saw them recently there were loads of ageing cats in the audience.
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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Great pic.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last night I watched one of the old episodes of the ‘classic albums’ series on Sky. It was about the second album and self-titled album by The Band. Great docu. I’ve always liked to hear them interviewed since my first viewing of The Last Waltz. I could listen to Levon Helm talk all day. He has one of the richest southern states accents I’ve ever heard. He’s the real deal. Rick Danko, although in his day one of the coolest looking buggers to ever play a note had ballooned out big style, but still talks like an extra from the Bill & Ted films.

John Simon the producer was very interesting on it, and seemed to have as much of an understanding of their sound as if he was in the band himself. Robbie Robertson spoke with his usual near horizontal laid back accent (although more statesman like in his demeanour than of old) Some great insights into how they got some of the effects on ‘Up on Cripple Creek’. And this wouldn’t have been a docu about The Band without speaking to maddest bastard/genius of them all Mr. Garth Hudson. I’m sure you can pick the dvd up cheap. I bought this cd ages ago in America and I know its sounds daft, but I feel it would be disrespecting the music by ripping off the fading and grubby $8.99 price tag as its one of the most quintessential pieces of American music I will ever own.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed this immensely also. It's a hell of a story. Music just wouldn't have evolved as it has without them.

A few weeks ago I bought the album 'Constant Companion' by the Canadian Doug Paisley and as I was listening to it I heard an organ in the background and I just knew it was Garth Hudson. I looked at the sleeve and sure enough he was credited  - it was the track below. Something about the intricate cosmic fills which only he can do.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liking that track very much Gambo. Is the album worth a listen?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is, I can bring you a copy on Sat if you want but I know you have a conscience about these matters.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It is, I can bring you a copy on Sat if you want but I know you have a conscience about these matters.


Er, shit.

*does complete reverse on morals*

Burn me a copy my good man!  
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OK!

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