Off The Record Presents Joe Bussard.

Off The Record makes the record-collector’s version of the pilgrimage to Mecca to Joe Bussard’s wonderful basement!

Owner of one of the finest collections of prewar blues, country and jazz records in the world, Joe Bussard has been one of the most famed and accessible names in the 78rpm world for generations.

Great short film with great stories.

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The Return Of The Duck

One of Stockport’s best loved progressive and heavy rock bands Savory Duck have released two excellent downloadable albums which are available from the band’s website and on the usual download music sites.

The Duck sprang from a four-piece heavy rock band called Burial who specialised in covers of tracks by Black Sabbath, Atomic Rooster and US power rock giants Grand Funk Railroad.

In the early 1970s they formed a new progressive rock band Savory Duck based around the guitar, keyboard and song writing skills of Arny Sage.

Their main influences were bands such as Caravan, (the cult Canterbury progressive rock band); prog rock favourites Gentle Giant and Greenslade, the spin off band lead by ex Colosseum organist Dave Greenslade.

The band played a number of well received gigs at Manchester’s Stoneground, (supporting Caravan); Bradford University, (supporting ex-Curved Air violinist and keyboards man Darryl Way and his band Wolf) and Stockport Town Hall with guitarist Gordon Giltrap.

They also held down regular gigs at Stockport’s Mersey Tavern. A local newspaper report described the band as “Fluid, competent and professionally flawless”.

The Duck disbanded in 1976 but played occasional gigs and continued to lay down tracks at a number of studio’s including the famous Strawberry Studios in Stockport.

‘Down The Line’ was recorded at a number of small Manchester studios between 2015 and 2019.

Also issued is a polished album of demo recordings ‘The Duck Studio Demo’s’ cut between 1975 and 1976 at Strawberry Studios with one track ‘Variation 55’ cut and mixed between 2001 and 2003 at Cavalier Studios in Stockport.

These albums are a must for progressive and heavy rock fans and can be downloaded at the band’s website (and they have a Facebook site too) which contains details of the band’s ever evolving membership, details of these two albums, recording data, historical band photos and memorabilia.

Not to be missed by fans of 1970s progressive rock.

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New Edition Of ‘Mystery Train – Images Of America In Rock ’n’ Roll Music’

Greil Marcus’s masterful history of rock ’n’ roll and American culture, Mystery Train is now available as an incredible Folio Society edition. Newly updated by the author exclusively for Folio, and the first English language edition to include illustrations, this is the ultimate and complete version of Marcus’ masterpiece.

The book chronicles the growth of rock ’n’ roll from its roots in the blues, gospel and country music of the Deep South to the extravagance of rock icons in the 1970s. On its publication in 1975, Mystery Train was hailed as a revolutionary book about popular music.

It has proved inspirational to critics and musicians alike Bruce Springsteen, Nick Cave, Elvis Costello and David Bowie (one of his ‘100 Best Books’) are among the many to have expressed their admiration.

In this new Folio edition, the energy and enthusiasm of Marcus’s narrative is paired with outstanding photography. From evocative black-and-white shots portraying American life from the 1930s to the 1970s and full-colour album covers to iconic photos of Woodstock and Elvis, this edition is packed with glorious snapshots from the rock ’n’ roll era.

This edition also adds wholly new and exclusive material written by the author. Marcus kept expanding his famous Notes and Discographies after the initial publication of Mystery Train in 1975, and it is now a rich treasury of facts, digressions and anecdotes. This section, included in this Folio edition, contains meticulous details of albums, re-issues, bootlegs and live recordings, making it an essential listener’s companion to the pioneers, contemporaries and successors of rock ’n’ roll music.

Bound in screen-printed textured paper. Set in Benton Modern with Bureau Grot Condensed as display. 552 pages.

59 integrated black & white images, and 8 pages of colour images including a double page spread. Blocked slipcase. 91/2˝ x 61/4˝.•

UK £50.00 US $79.95 Can $95.00 Aus $110.00

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New Digital Gospel Reissue Series From Craft Records

Craft Recordings will be reissuing 25 digital releases from the Gospel Truth Records, (a subsidiary of Stax Records).

Kicking off with The Rance Allen Group’s 1972 self-titled debut, new titles will be released every week in chronological order, leading up to September’s Gospel Heritage Month.

In addition to the digital reissues, there will be a singles compilation, released on September 4thon vinyl, CD and digital plus several playlists and new video content.

Established in 1972, Gospel Truth was conceived of by Stax executive Al Bell, who enlisted the help of radio promotions pioneer and songwriter Dave Clarkand label staffer Mary Peak Pattersonto oversee the formation of the imprint. The label was intended to “carry the message of today’s gospel to the people on the street,” as promotional material for the label’s launch touted.

But what separated Gospel Truth from other labels in the genre was that it made its music accessible to everyone. With his sharp eye for talent, Clark paired down home, traditional gospel musicians with raw, revolutionary artists that adopted the conventions of rock, funk and soul, creating a sound that resonated with a hip, 1970s audience.

Clark and Peak also gave Gospel Truth’s artists the same high-level promotional considerations that were given to any of the secular stars at Stax: from outfits and photo shoots to bookings.

The Rance Allen Group’s 1972 self-titled debut saw the Michigan-based trio of brothers turned the popular local stylings of Motown upside-down – offering a subversive and defiant take on seminal Detroit soul, and juxtaposing their spiritual foundation with secular influences.

Another highlight in the catalogue is Louise McCord’s ‘A Tribute To Mahalia Jackson’, released in response to the 1972 passing of the gospel titan.

Breaking away from the conventions of Jackson’s more traditional sound, McCord instead opted to charge toward a deeper, funkier path – as heard on single ‘Better Get a Move On’ penned by Stax staff writer Bettye Crutcher. McCord also went on to give an electrifying performance at the Wattstax concert later that year.

Taking a more traditional route is Reverend Bernard Avant & The St. James Gospel Choir. Directed by the Southern California–based minister and radio show host Rev. Willie Bernard Avant, Jr., the St. James Gospel Choir’s sound isn’t far removed from that of Southern gospel music – likely a holdover from Avant’s upbringing in Georgia. Similarly, ‘God’s Newspaper’, from Reverend J.D. Montgomery & The Mt. Carmel Choirin Detroit, drops the listener right into the excitement of a Sunday service. Recorded in the church’s sanctuary, the album includes a sermon by Rev. Montgomery, as well as powerful selections by the Greater Mt. Carmel Choir.

In celebration of Gospel Heritage Month, Craft will also produce a compilation from the imprint’s catalogue on vinyl, CD and digital formats on September 4th. Gospel music fans can look forward to the release of new lyric videos, plus two special playlists, titled “Gospel Truth”(out May 24th) and “Gospel Easter”(out April 12th), throughout the course of the campaign.

Gospel Truth Digital Album Releases:

March 13:    The Rance Allen Group

March 20:   Reverend Lee Jackson At Calvary

March 27:   Reverend Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Choir – In Concert

April 3:      Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir – Jesus People

April 10:   Reverend J.D. Montgomery & The Mt. Carmel Choir –God’s Newspaper

April 17:  Reverend Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir- God Save Your People

April 24: The Howard Lemon Singers –Message For Today

May 1:     The Rance Allen Group –Truth Is Where It’s At

May 8:    Reverend Bernard Avant & The St. James Gospel Choir

May 15:    Louise McCord –A Tribute To Mahalia Jackson

May 22:    The Commanders –Walk With Me

May 29:    The Marion Gaines Singers –This Too Is Gospel

June 5:     Charles May & Annette May Thomas –Songs Our Father Used To Sing

June 12:    Clarence Smith –Whatever Happened To Love

June 19:    The Gospel Artistics – The Gospel Artistics

June 26:   Rev. T.L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir –I Found The Answer

July 3:     The Henry Jackson Company

July 10:    The People’s Choir Of Operation Push

July 17:   Reverend Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir –A New Dawning

July 24:     Blue Aquarius –Blue Aquarius

July 31:     Bob Hemphill & The Commanders –Everybody Will Be Happy

August 7:   The Rance Allen Group –Brothers

August 14:  The Howard Lemon Singers –I Am Determined

August 21:  The Marion Gaines Singers –Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

August 28: Reverend Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir –Goodbye Loneliness, Hello Happiness

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Trailer For The Band’s ‘Once We Were Brothers’

Magnolia Pictureshas released a new trailer for ‘Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band,’ a forthcoming documentary produced by Martin Scorsese.The film, which hits cinema’s this week is directed by Daniel Roher, and largely focuses on Robertson’s personal journey, including a glimpse into his life before the Band.

Once Were Brothersalso includes interviews with Robertson’s friends and collaborators such as Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and more.

The title refers to a track from Robertson’s new solo album, ‘Sinematic’.

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NYCs Bottom Line Archive On CD

New York’s The Bottom Line club major series of releases from its archive containing over 1000 shows recorded during the club’s 30 year run, from 1974 – 2004 is now being made widely available.

It is intended to make as many of these performances available as possible, provided that the rights are available and the sound and performance meet the level expected from The Bottom Line.

The CDs are mastered at New York’s famed Magic Shop, which specialises in restoration and sonic upgrades of historic material.

Among their releases are sets by Jack Bruce, Roger McGuinn, Doc Watson, Kris Kristofferson, Lou Reed, bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley, Willie Nile, The Brecker Brothers are available with a promised set by Rory Gallagher soon.

For more info and behind the scenes stories about the archive and a chronology of shows played at the club vist

Read an article on The Bottom Line from Downtown Magazine.

Read an article on The Bottom Line from Rolling Stone

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New Rory Gallagher Live Set Due In March

Following on from the highly successful ‘BLUES’ album, Chess/UMC are releasing a CD/LP set by Rory Gallagher ‘Check Shirt Wizard- Live In ‘77’.

This 20-song, previously unreleased, set is culled from four shows (London, Brighton, Sheffield and Newcastle) during an early 1977 tour across the UK in support of Rory’s then latest album ‘Calling Card’.

Featuring fantastic live versions of tracks from that album as well as songs from the 1975 ‘Against The Grain’album and other live favourites.

The album has been mixed from the original multi track tapes from Rory’s archive, which were recorded by the Rolling Stones and Jethro Tull’s mobile studios and mastered at Abbey Road.

Rory’s most popular albums have always been his live ones, such as ‘Live! In Europe’, ‘Irish Tour ’74’ and Stage Struck.

“The whole concert was taped on the Jethro Tull Maison Rouge mobile by the way, and from where I was standing that concert on record would surpass the classic “Live in Europe” album. And that’s saying a lot.” Brian Harrigan Melody Maker – 1977, Hammersmith Odeon, London.

Is released on March 6th Chess /UMC and available on 2CD / 3LP / Digital HD / Digital Standard 

Track List 2CD and digital download:

  1. Do You Read Me (Live From The Brighton Dome, 21st January 1977)
  2. Moonchild (Live From The Brighton Dome, 21st January 1977)
  3. Bought And Sold (Live From Sheffield City Hall, 17th February 1977)
  4. Calling Card (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, 18th January 1977)
  5. Secret Agent (Live From Sheffield City Hall, 17th February 1977)
  6. Tattoo’d Lady (Live From The Brighton Dome, 21st January 1977)
  7. A Million Miles Away (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, 18th January 1977)
  8. I Take What I Want (Live From Sheffield City Hall, 17th February 1977)
  9. Walk On Hot Coals (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, 18th January 1977)
  10. Out On The Western Plain (Live From Sheffield City Hall, 17th February 1977)
  11. Barley & Grape Rag (Live From Sheffield City Hall, 17th February 1977)
  12. Pistol Slapper Blues (Live From Sheffield City Hall, 17th February 1977)
  13. Too Much Alcohol (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, 18th January 1977)
  14. Going To My Hometown (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, 18th January 1977)
  15. Edged In Blue (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 18th February 1977)
  16. Jack-Knife Beat (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, 18th January 1977)
  17. Souped-Up Ford (Live From The Brighton Dome, 21st January 1977)
  18. Bullfrog Blues (Live From The Brighton Dome, 21st January 1977)
  19. Used To Be (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 18th February 1977)
  20. Country Mile (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 18th February 1977)

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Allman Brothers Band’s 50th Anniversary Collection

The Allman Brothers Band career retrospective, ‘Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection,’ will be released on February 28th via Island Mercury/UMe paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the pioneering Southern blues- rock legends and their massive body of work.

The original band consisting of Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Dickey Betts, brothers Duane Allman, and Gregg Allman andJaimoe, finally came together cutting anoriginal 1969 demo of Muddy Waters’ ‘Trouble No More,’ which has remained unreleased for more than half a century, opens the new, 10 vinyl LP or 5 CD box set (there is also a digital version).

‘Trouble No More’ is produced by Allman Brothers Band historians and aficionados Bill Levenson, John Lynskeyand Kirk Westwith sixty-one tracks from across the Allman Brothers Band career, including live performances, rarities and seven previously unreleased tracks from the very beginning of the band until the very end. The collection is bookended with a live performance of ‘Trouble No More’ from the Allman Brothers Band’s final show at New York’s Beacon Theatre, New York that brought the band’s legend to a close.

Ahead of the release, the previously unreleased demo recording of ‘Trouble No More’ is available for streaming now and for immediate download with digital album pre-order. Preorder/listen here:

The deluxe vinyl box set presents the band’s legacy across 10 vinyl albums packaged in five gatefold jackets housed in a wood veneer wrapped slipcase with gold graphics, accompanied by a 56-page book and will also be released as a limited edition coloured vinyl collection via the online music retailer uDiscover with each album pressed on orange and red splatter coloured vinyl evoking the insides of a peach.

The 5 CD edition will be packaged in a 12-panel ‘soft pack book’ and includes an 88 page booklet. Both editions feature a 9000-word essay on the history of the band by John Lynskey, unreleased band photos along with newly shot photos of memorabilia from the Big House Museum in the band’s adopted hometown Macon, Georgia and a recap of the 13 incarnations of the band line up.

The digital version of the album will mirror the 5 CD set and be available for streaming and download, including Apple Digital Master.

All recordings have been newly mastered by Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, Ga. and sound better than ever. View the album trailer by clicking the graphic above or click here:

The collection’is grouped into five distinct eras representing the various stages of the band’s recording and performance history, divided by the group’s stints on the Capricorn, Arista and Epic labels, as well as the band’s own Peach imprint.

Starting with ‘The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part I’, the collection kicks off at the beginning of the Allman Brothers story with the previously unreleased 1969 demo version of ‘Trouble No More,’ and includes highlights from their self-titled debut album including ‘Don’t Want You No More’ and ‘It’s Not My Cross To Bear,’ ‘Whipping Post;’ plus standouts from their second album, ‘Idlewild South’,such as ‘Midnight Rider;’ Dickey Betts’ first song writing effort for the band, ‘Revival;’ and ‘Don’t Keep Me Wondering,’ with Duane Allman’s slide guitar work centre stage.

The original line up’s legacy album, the ’Live At Filmore East’, recorded in March 1971 at Bill Graham’s East Village theatre, is represented with Blind Willie McTell’s ‘Statesboro Blues,’ T Bone Walker’s ‘Stormy Monday’ and the dazzling 13 minute instrumental odyssey, ‘In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,’ where every member is in perfect harmony.

As Lynskey writes in the comprehensive liners: “There is no question, however, that The Allman Brothers Band was at their best up on a stage, playing live music for an audience. The group played with unbridled energy, and without constraints. While their set list did not vary all that much from night to night in the early days, the band’s desire to explore, create and improvise guaranteed that each show would be a different listening experience. Their marathon concerts became the stuff of legend, and that spirit was captured on At Fillmore East, the live set by which all others are measured.”

‘The Capricorn Years 1969 -1979, Part II’ collects together songs from the Allman Brothers Band’s double album, ‘Eat A Peach’, with tracks recorded in 1971 with Duane Allman before he tragically died in a motorcycle accident.

Released in February 1972, the cuts featured on the set include ‘Blue Sky,’ written and sung by Dickey Betts; ‘Melissa,’ Gregg Allman’s tribute to his lost brother and ‘One Way Out,’ recorded live in June 1971, on the closing night of the Fillmore East. ‘Hot ‘Lanta’ and ‘You Don’t Love Me’ from a live performance at New York’s A&R Studios broadcast on WPLJ radio and ‘Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,’ recorded at Puerto Rico’s ‘Mar Y Sol Festival,’ in April 1972, showcase the band in a variety of live settings.

Songs from their number one selling album, ‘Brothers And Sisters’, include Dickey’s country infused hit single, ‘Ramblin Man’ and ‘Wasted Words,’ which were the last two songs to feature bassist Berry Oakley who also tragically died in a motorcycle accident at the same age as Duane, just 24 years old. Part II concludes with a previously unreleased outtake of ‘Early Morning Blues,’ a standard blues number that eventually morphed into ‘Jelly Jelly.’

As The Allman Brothers experienced one blow after another, ‘Brothers And Sisters’tore up the charts. ‘The Capricorn Years, 1969-1979, Part III/The Arista Years, 1980-1981’ launches with two live performances from their historic ‘Summer Jam’ show in July 1973 with the Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen, New York which drew more than half a million fans to the grounds of the famed raceway. ‘Come And Go Blues,’ released on the live album, ‘Wipe the Windows, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas’, by Gregg Allman while ‘Mountain Jam’ is a previously unreleased version that grew out of a line from Donovan’s ‘First There Is A Mountain’ into a 12 minute jam.

The band’s record ‘Win, Lose Or Draw’, recorded in 1975 after a couple years apart following the release and subsequent tours for Gregg and Dickey’s debut solo albums and is highlighted here with the moving title track, their inspired rendition of Muddy Waters’ ‘Can’t Lose What You Never Had’ and the instrumental, ‘High Falls.’

As a result of fractures in the band, they disbanded after the album’s tour and they remained apart for four years. Overtures were made and an impromptu performance together made them yearn to be together again, the original members – Butch,  Dickey, Jaimoe and Gregg – decamped to the studio and recorded 1979’s ‘Enlightened Rogues’.

Included here are standouts ‘Crazy Love,’ ‘Can’t Take It With You,’ ‘Pegasus’ and a live version of Gregg’s autobiographical ‘Just Ain’t Easy.’ The end of the decade would also mark the end of their time with Capricorn, as a result of the label going bankrupt, and a new label home with Clive Davis’ Arista Records, which they signed to in 1980. ‘Hell and High Water,’ and ‘Angeline’ from the resulting album, ‘Reach For The Sky’, released in August 1980, had glossier production and synthesizers.

Sadly, Jaimoe and the group would part ways again after this. ‘Never Knew How Much,’ a ballad that originated during the sessions for Gregg’s solo album, ‘Laid Back’, and ‘Leavin’‘ a song that may have foreshadowed what was to come from their album, ‘Brothers Of The Road’, released in August 1981, round out the chapter.

In 1989, after years apart and several solo albums, the original members of the band were approached about doing a reunion tour to promote an upcoming career box set, and Butch, Dickey, Jaimoe and Gregg all agreed.

For the tour, they recruited Warren Haynes, a guitarist that Dickey had been playing with, and went out as a seven-piece. The shows so well received that the band, now signed to Epic, recorded ‘Seven Turns’, their first album together in nearly a decade.

‘The Epic Years, 1989 – 2000’ includes the album’s title track, considered one of Dickey’s best songs and ‘Good Clean Fun,’ which received solid airplay on MTV. The album was a resounding statement that the Allman’s were back. Not wanting to waste time, they quickly set to work on 1991’s ‘Shades Of Two Worlds’which saw Dickey take a dominant role as a songwriter, as heard on ‘Nobody Knows,’ and Warren emerge as an influential member of the group, co-writing five songs with either Dickey or Gregg, including ‘End Of The Line,’ which sounded like vintage Allman Brothers.

Many other highlights from this era include ‘Low Dirty Mean,’ from the 1992 live album, ‘Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theater’, a rare live performance of Robert Johnson’s ‘Come On Into My Kitchen,’ and songs from 1994’s ‘Where It All Begins’, including the stellar title track and the live favorite ‘Soulshine,’ which displayed Warren’s singer/songwriter talents. It concludes with the unreleased ‘I’m Not Crying,’ a composition written by Jack Pearsonwho replaced Warren after he left to focus on his band Gov’t Mule.

The final chapter, ‘The Peach Years, 2000 – 2014’, spans a variety of line up changes, most notably the departure of original member Dickey Betts and the introduction of guitarist Derek Trucks, the nephew of Butch Trucks. The younger Trucks delivers an emotionally-charged solo alongside Dickey’s recent replacement, Jimmy Herring, on the previously unreleased, ‘Loan Me A Dime,’ recorded on August 26th, 2000, the day bassist Allen Woodypassed away.

Gregg sounds especially emotional on the powerful performance. Woody’s death shook the band but it was out of this tragedy that Warren would make his way back to his brothers. Included here is a spectacular, never-released live performance from the band’s 2001 Beacon run of ‘Desdemona,’ a new song that Warren and Gregg wrote together.

The tune, along with the shimmering ‘TheHigh Cost Of Low Living’ and the poignant ‘Old Before My Time,’ would be featured on their final album, ‘Hittin’ The Note’, released in 2003, some of their best work in years.

Two unreleased gems from the band’s 2005 annual stand at the Beacon Theatre include a rare version of ‘Blue Sky’ with Gregg handling the lead vocals and Derek’s and Warren’s solos augmented by lively piano work from long time former bandmate Chuck Leavell, who was sitting in for the March 21st show; and Warren and Derek’s wonderful interpretation of Duane’s instrumental, ‘Little Martha,’ from that same night.

Appropriately the collection culminates with a live version of ‘Trouble No More,’ the first song the original band ever played together and the last song of their career.

As Lynskey writes: “In those four minutes, 45 years came pouring out of the speakers; 45 years of superior blues/rock music, created by incomparable musicians. The final notes echoed through the theatre early in the morning of October 29, 43 years to the day that Duane Allman died.”

The Allman Brothers Band have weathered extreme adversity – and band who reinvented themselves in the face of loss and tragedy and sell millions of records along the way. This new collection is a compelling summary of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer’s timelessly brilliant and influential contributions to American music.

On March 10th, 2020 for one night only at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones joined by Duane Trucks, Reese Wynans and special guest Chuck Leavell will celebrate 50 years of the music of The Allman Brothers Band.

This one-time concert event will be a celebration of The Allman Brothers Band’s illustrious career. It notably marks the first time in more than five years that these legendary players will be together on stage to perform their iconic hits, and the first time since the passing of founding members Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks. It will undoubtedly be emotionally charged, and an unforgettable night not to be missed. The show sold out immediately upon going on sale.


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Trailer For New Martin Scorsese Documentary On The Band

“It was so beautiful it went up in flames,” Robbie Robertson says of the Band’s story. From executive producers Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer, and Ron Howard and director Daniel Roher is the latest Band documentary, which touches extensively on Robertson’s own journey.

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band comes to theatres on February 21st.

Also interviewed are Robbie Robertson’s collaborators and friends: Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Scorsese himself, and others. “Once Were Brothers” refers to a song on Robbie’s sixth solo album, Sinematic, which features Citizen Cope and Frederic Yonnet.

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