The Band's Robbie Robertson: "People acted like we were from another planet"
Uncut reconstructs the story of The Band’s landmark Music From Big Pink, with the help of its surviving players, in the new issue (dated August 2013, and out on Thursday, July 4).
Guitarist Robbie Robertson explains how the group moved to Woodstock, NY, and fell into daily jam sessions, many with Bob Dylan, in the basement of their home, while many contemporaries and admirers of the band, including Al Kooper and Richard Thompson, give their take on the impact of the legendary record.
“When it came out people were like, ‘Where in the world did this come from? What kind of music is this?’” says Robertson.
“People acted like we were from another planet. That shocked me, but it was a good thing, because it made me feel that we were doing something that had our own character to it. It taught us a lesson: you need to take your own vibe with you. That idea had a tremendous influence.”
We also take a look at Bob Dylan’s album cover artwork, what became of the Big Pink house, and the effect The Band had on the town of Woodstock itself.
The new issue of Uncut is out on Thursday (July 4).
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