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The Band Guestbook, May '98

Below are the entries in The Band guestbook from May 1998.

Sat May 30 23:43:14 MET DST 1998


I'll be happy to share a bit more about the NAMA show. Robbie received a lifetime achievement award, with his acceptance speech preceded by a clip from his upcoming PBS documentary, Making a Noise. He came out onstage after the clip; I don't really remember what all he said. When the duo Primeaux & Mike won an award, he came out again to accept it on their behalf. He mentioned working with them on his new album, and said that everyone present during the recording was impressed by their work. I noticed that he sat at a table during the show with the members of Walela (Rita Coolidge, her sister and daughter). At the end of the show, he performed In the Blood and Making a Noise with Walela, Joanne Shenandoah, and several other performers. The sounded great. Robbie played guitar and sang, and sounded wonderful. Everyone gave an energized, inspired performance, including Robbbie. I went to the reception afterward with a friend, and sat near Robbie. He was apparently there with a group of friends, and sat at his table talking to them for several hours. He seemed pretty relaxed, and seemed to be joking around a bit with people. He signed autographs and shook hands with people who came up to him throughout the evening. People kept approaching him every few minutes, and he obliged everyone willingly. I went up to him and shook his hand myself and he said "it's lovely to meet you." That's about all I have to report. If anyone else who was there remembers what he said in his award speeches, I'd love to see it posted, or send me an e-mail. To those who requested info on the show - thanks for your interest. It was a great show, and it was wonderful to see Robbie in person, up close no less! I wonder what he was doing in Wooodstock that weekend as well.

Sat May 30 14:05:47 MET DST 1998

Dag Braathen

From: Norway
Home page:

From Coming later this year! The long-awaited release of The Bootleg Series, vols. 4 and 5. This installment: the legendary "Royal Albert Hall" concert, actually recorded at the Manchester Free Trade Hall on May 17. 1966. This never-before-released complete concert recording (acoustic and electric sets) will be released as a two-CD set with extensive liner notes including an essay by Tony Glover and photographs of Bob Dylan and The Hawks. more here: Keep up the good work, Jan!

Sat May 30 12:10:32 MET DST 1998

George Klotzbaugh

Greetings all, I am interested in trading for a tape or two of the early Hawks/Band, 1961-1970, especially something as The Hawks, pre-Dylan. I've posted a number of other places with no success. Can any one hear help? I have a huge Dylan collection and lots by other artists as well. Thanks

Sat May 30 03:40:52 MET DST 1998

Charlie Young

From: Down in Old Virginny

Richard Manuel was possibly the greatest singer of his generation; he may not have had the screaming energy of Roger Daltry, the bluesy swagger of Jagger or the sweet sound of an Art Garfunkel, but for pure uncut soul the man had no equal except for the previous generation's Ray Charles. Here's the song order of a 110 minute cassette I recently made, tracing Richard's singing from 1964 to 1986:Do the Honky Tonk/ He Don't Love You/ Katie's Been Gone/ Orange Juice Blues (two versions, back-to-back)/ Ruben Remus/ Long Distance Operator/ Tears of Rage/ Chest Fever/ Lonesome Suzie/ In a Station/ I Shall Be Released/ Across the Great Divide/ King Harvest/ Rockin' Chair/ Whispering Pines (end of side one) The Shape I'm In/ Just Another Whistle Stop/ Sleeping/ 4% Pantomime/ Last of the Blacksmiths/ The Moon Struck One/ Saved/ The Great Pretender/ Share Your Love With Me/ Rags & Bones/ Hobo Jungle/ Georgia On My Mind/ Let the Night Fall/ Right As Rain/ Country Boy/ The Last Waltz Refrain>She Knows (medley due to tape length). After listening to this I realized how consistent Richard was throughout his career. As someone said here a while back, Richard may have had ups and downs in concert, but he never recorded a bum vocal in the studio. He was a master and his recorded legacy--especially when put together like this--is simply sublime. He was the best. It was nice to re-discover songs like "Last of the Blacksmiths" and the "Moondog Matinee" stuff. Some of the songs I hadn't heard in years relly knocked me out. Thanks, Richard...

Sat May 30 03:34:02 MET DST 1998

Virgil Cohen

From: Southern New York

A refua shlaima to Levon.

Sat May 30 01:11:19 MET DST 1998

Kitrick Short

From: Woodstock NY
Home page:

Hi Jan, Just wanted to say happy birthday a little late to Levon! The show ant the lake last weekend was great the sound system only had one flaw when Ricks voice got sut down. However all in all it was the Best I've seen Rick sing and play since I've been going to the Rick Danko band shows The labor day last sept was also a great show!I'm like everyone else we want a new Band album soon and to see them all together again making us smile and cheer! Seeing them alone still makes you feel real good! But theres nothing like all of them together! A friend saw Robbie in Woodstock last weekend and though he might be one of Ricks guests but sadly no..

Fri May 29 21:45:09 MET DST 1998

Les Thierolf

From: Kansas City, MO

Just heard that Robbie will be a guest Saturday, May 30 on the syndicated radio show "World Cafe" out of Philadelphia (great show). He will be discussing his music with host David Dye. In KC this show airs at 2:00 p.m. on public radio KCUR. Check out your local public radio station and get your tape recorders ready! signed, Used to be disgusted - now I try not to be Mr. Amused!

Fri May 29 08:59:30 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

Is it safe out here now?

At Peter Viney's urging I now own LARGO and I wanted to add some observations. Garth, I love his music more and more all the time. And it seems if there were a painter I'd compare him to it'd be Picasso. Picasso because I know Garth can play a tune 'straight', his classical background and all, however, he just explodes in beautiful jagged little pieces of sound, like cubism does visually. What a wonder he is. Garth has got to put all his stuff down into at least a hour's worth.

Back to other aspects of LARGO. Compared to the Band, LARGO is more youthful, playful. Try following the cymbals on Freedom Rider. It's spontaneous and unpredictable. The drumming throughout is heavy and clean. Levon's voice is very Southern on Gimme a Stone, a nod towards Israel and King David I suppose.

Do people compare LARGO's creators Hyman and Chertoff to the Band because of the organ they use? The spirit of the songs are more of a cross between Puritan ethic, Walt Whitman and Bob Marley. But Robbie never wrote the line " if we reach out for each other, we can build upon our love." Too mushy.

The last song, Before the Mountains would be a great replacement for It's a Small World on the ride at Disneyland, and I mean that as a compliment.

Thu May 28 23:16:55 MET DST 1998

Tracy a.k.a. AHROOO!! (keeper of the den)

From: Connecticut (home of the NAMAs)
Home page:

Hey Now, I'm baaaaaaaaack! No I will not trash any Band members or even say anything contemptable. Bones, you want to know about the Nammys? My suggestion is that you come on down to my "den." I didn't want to post it here because of so much animosity to the former Band member and it's just too long. I'll make that an open invitation and invite all of you there! Please keep in mind it is NOT a Band site and I do not have a guestbook there. Anything you want to say to me, you do it in e-mail. For all of those who subscribed to the NON-profit Robbie fanzine "The Crazy River" please bear with me, the second issue is (finally) on its way! So don't fret (whether you own a guitar or not.) ;) Photos galore and a video list is included! Come on over! I've been collecting on Mr. Robertson for the past nine years. Thank you Jan for your tremendous web site!!!

Thu May 28 22:56:36 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

The Band & the site. Interesting question from Serge. Many artists have official web sites which is work and hassle for them. They also drop the odd live or unreleased bonus tracks on their sites. This site is so comprehensive that an official site would be redundant. I've never seen an official site as good as this one. Official sites avoid mention of bootlegs and concert tapes too, which is the downside We don't know that The Band are not supportive Ė recent issues of JAWBONE have included interviews with Levon Helm, Richard Bell & Jim Weider. So there seems to be willingness to communicate. These interviews are here on the site. People don't volunteer to be interviewed. You have to ask them. Maybe someone should try asking them. If anyone in The Band's management reads this, how about it? We could get twenty questions submitted to the site and someone (Jan?) could select the ones to ask. BTW, John Donabie - I don't have any info on the CD-Rom beyond what's here. Very keen to find out more.

Thu May 28 21:27:50 MET DST 1998



I wholeheartedly agree with Serge about some acknowledgement from the BAND or their management. It must be said though that all the members of THE BAND are very decent and freindly when approached at concerts. Once after a New Years Eve show at the Keswick in Pa. Rick talked with a group of us for about fifteen minutes and he expressed concern for us because he did'nt want us to get sick just because we were talking to him. The Band is also great about signing shirts, pictures, books, etc. after shows. People wait in line and they always sign for about an hour or so. I know they appreciate their fan base so it's weird they don't acknowledge the site publicly. It would be great to have an online chat or something.

Thu May 28 21:01:31 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

To Serge: You are right about the recognition that I feel Jan and this site deserve. Granted, they do not owe us anything, but it would not be too time consuming for The Band to give Jan an acknowledgement of some kind. If it is left up to the "suits" , as Levon refers to them, then it won't happen.

To John Donabie: Thanks for responding to my post. I apologize for misreading your earlier entry.

To Lyn and others: Tell us more about the Native American Awards!

Thu May 28 20:52:15 MET DST 1998

Kenn Carpenter

From: New York, NY

First, my regards to Jan on the wonderful website. I'm not really a fan of Mr. Robertson's, but this site is very thorough and refreshingly well- organized. Congratulations, Jan!

I'm hoping someone can help me. Back in 1995, Robbie Robertson's song "Christmas Must Be Tonight" appeared on a holiday CD entitled _Winter, Fire & Snow_. That CD also contains a song by Paula Cole called "St. Nicholas Is Carrying A Gun." I'm a major fan of Paula's and would very much like to add that CD to my collection.

My hope is that there is a Robbie Robertson fan out there who is not only a collector of his music, but a completist as well. I'm guessing that's my only hope. I have the updated version of the _Winter, Fire & Snow_ CD, which features Robbie but not Paula. If you'd like to work out a trade or if you would be willing to sell your CD, I'd love to buy it from you. Or if you would even be willing to tape Paula's song for me, that'd be cool, too. I'm desperate, so I'll go for just about anything. We're talking about handing over firstborn children here...

Please contact me at the email address provided if you can help me out.


Kenn Carpenter

Thu May 28 20:10:25 MET DST 1998


From: Washingotn, DC

To Bones from CT: Thanks so much for the tip. I've ordered the Japanese import version of "Contact" and should have it next week. Can hardly wait...

To Lyn: I'd love to hear more about the NAMA show... who did Robbie perform with, did he say anything interesting in his speeches...?

Thu May 28 17:37:40 MET DST 1998


From: NYC

FYI: Garth Hudson will be among the esteemed guests at a Benefit for St. Ann's church in Brooklyn on June 11th. Tix are $40 & $70. Other performers are Jimmy Scott, Cyrus Chestnutt, Debbie Harry and Mary Margaret O'Hara (!)

Thu May 28 17:00:42 MET DST 1998

Faye Lumpkins

From: Shannon Hills,Arkansas 72103

would like to e-mail Levon Helms

Thu May 28 04:31:56 MET DST 1998

Charlie Young

From: Down in Old Virginny

I saw Los Lobos in concert on Monday and was struck by how much they reminded me of The Band in their prime. The current line-up of the group has been together twenty years and their tightness and musicianship reflect this. I hope they play together another 20 years. To see the multi-instrumental versatility as members picked up sax or accordian or switched from drums to guitar reminded me of The Band circa 1971. If you've never seen Los Lobos, check 'em out. You're in for a treat.

Thu May 28 03:07:14 MET DST 1998


I attended the NAMA show on Sunday. It was a well-done show, and it was great to see Robbie perform. He did an excellent job with his 2 songs, they showed a clip of the upcoming Making a Noise documentary, and he gave 2 award presentation speeches, 1 for his receipt of the lifetime achievement award, and 1 on behalf of Primeaux & Mike, who won an award. The show was well-attended - Wayne Newton, the host, announced that it was sold out, although I got there a little late and still got a ticket, but it was in the back, so I guess it came close to selling out. I'll be anxious to hear what arrangements will be made for next year's show - it sounds like it will continue, since this 1st show was very successful.Everyone there was impressed with the professionalism and attendance.

Thu May 28 02:18:38 MET DST 1998

J. Croce

From: The Brokerage


Don't expect anything from The Band's management. If Jan hasn't gottten it by now, he ain't ever getting it. Let's all just be thankful for the albums and the live variations of The Band. I hope Rick's promise of a new album by late fall is not just talk. As for the rest and the rumors, they don't owe us anything at this stage of the game.

I take my nickname from the bass man who conferred it on me. Best belatedly to Levon.

Thu May 28 01:25:48 MET DST 1998

Serge Daniloff

From: London Ontario

Thanks for the support John Lyness. I am working on it. People seem to be shying away from my suggestion, or from me..believing what they chose to believe. Too bad. One day it will all be clear.

I'd just like to see one legitimate response from the principles; praising, acknowledging, and or thanking Jan for keeping them in the public eye... at the rate of 20,000 a day.

Thu May 28 00:09:02 MET DST 1998

Jon Lyness

From: New York City

Thanks to Little John Tyler for his setlist/comments on the recent show by "The Rick Danko Band". Sounds like a great show, wish I'd seen it. Interesting about "Ophelia" and "Life is a Carnival" -- would love to hear the "new" versions. I wouldn't necessarily read too much into Rick & Randy "taking over" vocals on those songs, though. One listen to Rick's live '97 CD reminds you how great Randy sounds on lead vocals for "Chest Fever". And I remember how amazed I was at Rick's version of "Mystery Train" the first time I saw one of his solo shows (fall 96), a song that (due not only to the vocal, but to the prominent drumming) I associate much more strongly with Levon. So I don't think that this sort of vocal-swapping is brand new to them.

It is interesting that Jim Weider joined Rick's "band" that night, though! Let's see -- just in the last month or so, there have been concerts with Rick/Jim/Randy -- Levon/Randy -- Jim/RichardBell/Randy -- Garth/various -- plus the Largo CD with Levon/Garth -- so how hard can it be to get these 6 guys together for a show??

I really wish the Band's management would give us at least a hint about what's going on, and what the future holds. Serge is absolutely right, that this site has clearly contributed to the revenue of the group and its management (myself, I've probably seen 5-6 Band-related shows and purchased 4-5 new Band-related CDs (Levon's Souvenir, Woodstock Winter, Largo, etc.) within the past year, few of which I would have otherwise known about), and clearly the people who maintain and frequent this site have a real commitment to the group. Jan has indicated several times that various members of the group and its management are aware of this site. Perhaps they don't literally "owe" it to us to clue us in, but it does seem the friendly thing to do.

Wed May 27 23:10:10 MET DST 1998

Mike Nomad

From: Smooth Rock Falls, Ont.

Thanks, B. James, for that tip re Danko show tucum. Had i known about Joyous Lake over the weekend, I wudda dropped in, since i was just next door in Connecticut visiting my daughter. Ah, well, I'm gonna connect one of these days. (Nice to see Serge back one the site, even if it's a short visit.)

Wed May 27 22:46:29 MET DST 1998

john donabie

From: toronto

Bones: I may have the snswer. Go to It describes that the video comes with a CD Rom not just a re-release of the CD. I have ordered it here for $33.00 Canadian which would be about $25.00 U.S. It is being sold in Norht America as Video only or with the disc.

Wed May 27 22:39:31 MET DST 1998



TO BONES: Bones...HMV do have a line; but you may have misread what I posted. I don't know anything about a CD Rom. That's why; if you follow the path to the URL that Johnny Walker lef....t you will find the info. I just thought it was a video and perhaps a re-release of the CD. Peter Viney where are you? Can you answer this CD Rom thing. Hope some of the regulars come back after the shutdown last weekend. Remember what happened after the baseball strike here in North America? Lots of empty seats in the ball parks these days.

Wed May 27 22:08:38 MET DST 1998

B. James

From: Orange County, NY

To anyone who's interested: Danko is scheduled to perform at the musicfest in Montgomery, NY, at Orange County Park (better known to locals as Thomas Bull Memorial Park) on Sat, June 6th. There is no admission charge, but you do need a ticket. Call 914-457-4910 for tix info.

Also performing is John Hall, John Stein, and I forget the others. Show starts at 11:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM. Danko is supposed to go on at 4:00 PM. The show is put on by our local Mental Health, something we all need. See you there. Sincerely, Bubba.

Wed May 27 19:13:24 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

To Cap from DC : Here are three places that claim to have copies of the Japan version of Contact: Music Machine(410-356-4567), Worldwide CD(773-665-0030), Spinnin' Disc(516-564-1613). Tell us what you think after you hear it.

To John Donabie: How can I pick up a copy of The Band-Classic Albums CD-Rom. Does HMV have an delivery line?

Wed May 27 18:28:01 MET DST 1998


From: Lawrenceville, NJ

I saw Rick play his second gig back in the U.S. after his "tour of the Orient" as he now jokingly refers to the whole fiasco. At that show, Rick mentioned that the whole story and more would be in his book. I would be very excited to read about things from Rick's perspective, but since that time, I have heard nothing about it. Anybody know anything ? Anybody know anything about the Band's current studio efforts ? I've asked before, and I'm starting to think that know one knows anything. If that's the case, how can a Band fan find out what's going on with these guys ? Are they planning to tour again ? Are they going to continue to do their own thing ? I'd love to hear from somebody whose got the skinny. PEACE.

Wed May 27 17:59:10 MET DST 1998


From: Washington, DC

I think it was Bones (from CT) who posted the Music Machine phone number as a lead to the Japanese version of Robbie's Contact. Well, I haven't been able to get through, unfortunately. Can anyone confirm Music Machine's number or tell me where they're located so I can look them up myself? I'd love to get my hands on those extra tracks...

Wed May 27 11:04:27 MET DST 1998

john donabie

From: toronto

I was interested to follow the path on Johnny Walkers post to the http site. I had no idea that there was a Classic Album The Band CD ROM. I thought it was just the video and the re-release of the CD. I just ordered mine from HMV. I reported earlier that Canadians would have to wait until May 26th. When I called yesterday...they hadn't even ordered it. I did.

Wed May 27 05:53:34 MET DST 1998


From: puyallup, washington.

Levon way to go! as i am writing this it is still your birthday here in the great northwest and i'm about to head out to the garage and take a couple pulls in your honor. brother can you FEEL THE LOVE. many many more. hope you can find your way out here soon! good health to you, god bless.....danny

Wed May 27 02:56:16 MET DST 1998


From: boston

Hey Jan, I love the site and have stopped in almost daily since 1/98. I'm planning my first trip to Woodstock this summer. If anyone can recommend a place or two to visit while I'm there, please e-mail me. Thanks.

Levon, Happy birthday and rest your voice for Brockton in June. I'd rather not go to Brockton, but for you I'll risk it. Its time to tour, fellas.

Wed May 27 01:57:35 MET DST 1998

Mike Lyons

From: Cold Spring, New York

Just a short note to say Happy Birthday to a true American Son, Levon Helm. Your voice and songs are so much a part of "Americana" that they will be heard for generations to come. It is hard to believe that you have been a part of the American music scene for 40 years. As Rick would say "keep on rocking".Mike Lyons

Wed May 27 01:06:13 MET DST 1998

Johnnie Walker Red (not my real name..just trickin')

Of course my entry should have said it was" a review of The Band's Classic Album CD Rom...."

Colour ME Embarrassed(sp).

Sorry, I hope everythings still ok with us (?)

Wed May 27 01:01:28 MET DST 1998

Johnnie Walker Red

Home page:

The link above is for Classic Albums Interactive, and has a review of The Band's Classic Album video. Not much new information really, but it's something and I just want you guys to like me.

Tue May 26 21:55:20 MET DST 1998

Christine M.

From: Toronto, Canada

35 years ago I saw Levon and The Hawks up here. When The Band got big I was really surprised to learn it was the same group. Levon ran the show in Toronto, very gifted, very sweet. We went to some of their parties, and I even talked to him a couple of times, tt was WILD. May the years to come be good to you, dear Levon. Happy Birthday!

Tue May 26 19:54:12 MET DST 1998

Rand Harmon

From: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Love the Website. I am a concert promoter here in New Mexico, and I'm looking for tour representation or a booking agent who represents The Band, or Levon Helm. Could someone please help me out in getting in contact with these agents. Can post information, or e-mail me directly. Thank you for your help.

Tue May 26 19:39:50 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEVON!!!!!! I wish you great health and happiness for the rest of the year.I just bought the video of FIRE DOWN BELOW . God bless you.

Entertainment Weekly gave a great review to Largo in this week's issue. It compared Largo to the early Band albums. High praise indeed.

Tue May 26 17:14:07 MET DST 1998

Gail & Chris Bell

From: UK

Happy Birthday Levon! Guess it's all round to Stevie's place, huh? Now, take care over that partying! Thank you for all the years of Beautiful music, Levon - here's to many more, and our sincere best wishes.

Someone asked about Robbie at Native American Awards - we heard it over the internet. It was really good. Robbie received "Lifetime Achievement Award", & made a great speech, then (after presenting somebody else with their award), returned later to perform "In The Blood" & "Making A Noise". The whole event was very interesting.

Yeah, as someone referred to earlier, let's hope it's the end of the mystery guestbook visitor. Especially in making such serious accusations about others. BTW, I don't see why anyone need be afraid to refer to the recent guestbook problem, but anyway - hopefully now the matter has been laid to rest, huh. Best wishes to all.

Tue May 26 16:03:26 MET DST 1998


From: san francisco

Happy Birthday Levon Helm! When I read the beginning of this wheel's on fire it quickly became clear to me mr. helm is a deep and thoughtful soul who understands what the life of life is. just as important, he knew how to have one hell of a wicked good time and make some damn fine music eh? ...right on levon!

Tue May 26 13:25:10 MET DST 1998


From: New York

"Before the leaves all turn brown, before they fall to the ground, you will find the harmony - wait and see".What else can I say Levon? Wishing you good health and happiness always. Happy 58th birthday my friend.........

Tue May 26 12:32:50 MET DST 1998


From: Bombay, India

Reds On Brown? Can anyone remember reading a rather energetic, doctrinaire look at The Band in The New Left Review, issue of ca. 1975-6? The article covered, among other tracks, Across The Great Divide, Dixie and (naturally) King was mostly about songs on the brown album. I remember running across this in my college library in Calcutta in the late 70s, and it should be fun to dig it out and take a look at it today.

Tue May 26 00:14:23 MET DST 1998


From: Texas

ANyone attend the Native American Awards Ceremony yesterday? I'm eager to hear about Robbie Robertson's participation.

Tue May 26 00:05:53 MET DST 1998

Typically Canadian

From: Halifax, Acadia

Happy 56th Birthday Levon!!

Thanks for giving US all such a gift with Your Voice, Your Music and Your Integrity!

Happy Birthday to you.....

Mon May 25 23:18:16 MET DST 1998


From: New York

Saw Tom and Rick and the rest of the guys at Joyous Lake last night great show. Anyone know if the songs Tom did are on a CD,have Woodstock Winter and none of the songs he did are are that CD and that seems to be the only Cd the stores have .Any ideas.

Mon May 25 15:06:16 MET DST 1998

Virgil Caine

From: The still, having my fill and i`m fit to kill (Hong Kong)

Love this site. Expect to be going back for years... In this dessert of good music at least I know at least one place where I can find what I`m looking for.

Mon May 25 06:18:01 MET DST 1998

Little John Tyler

From: The House Next Door

Just got in from a night at the newly reopened Joyous Lake nightclub in beautiful downtown Woodstock. Tonight's headliners: The Rick Danko Band, featuring Randy Ciarlante on drums, Aaron Hurwitz on keyboards, Jimmy Weider on lead guitar, Roger Mason on upright bass, and Rick on acoustic 6-string guitar.

After opening act, local singer /songwriter/ guitarist Tom Pacheco, The Danko Band took the stage at 10:40 p.m. Setlist was


Stage Fright

Crazy Mama

Blind Willie McTell

Next Time You See Me (Hurwitz vocal)

Ophelia (Randy & Rick, vocals)

This Wheel's On Fire

Good Thing (Randy vocal)

It Makes No Difference

Let The 4 Winds Blow (Hurwitz vocal)

Life is A Carnival (Rick & Randy vocals)

An instrumental (probably off Weider's BIGFOOT CD, since it featured some searing solo guitar work by Jim)

The Weight

Chest fever (Randy vocal)

Hills of Woodstock (Tom Pacheco back onstage for this song which he wrote and recorded. Danko was a guest on that album)

encore: The Shape I'm In

Show over at 12:05a.m. The real surprise for me was hearing two songs so closely identified with Levon (Ophelia and Carnival), being performed (and quite capably) without him. Rick has always done the Weight in his shows, calling it ..." Levon's song, but since he couldn't be here tonight, won't you all please help me out..." and turning it into a singalong. But Carnival has always been a great example of those shared lead vocals being swapped back & forth between Levon & Rick, and Ophelia has always been pure Levon. So I'm thinking and wondering, with all the recent reports of Levon's vocal deterioration (and I sure pray it's nothing serious) is The Band getting ready to compensate for his diminished skills by having Rick and Randy carry more of the singing load when they do eventually go back out and play together? Anyone?

Mon May 25 04:49:34 MET DST 1998

Charlie Young

From: Down in Old Virginny

Thanks for bringing back the guestbook, Jan! To answer Freddy Fishstick: that final line of the last song on Rick's first solo album always haunted me, too. It was sort of an eerie premonition of what happened to Richard. Even stranger was the fact that Danko's co-writer of that song was a novelist named Emmett Grogan who committed suicide himself a few years later. As someone once said, "a permanent solution to temporary problems." Those words do ring true.

Mon May 25 02:59:53 MET DST 1998


From: canada

Jan, thanks for all your hard work on this great website and THANKS for reopening the guestbook. The weekend was no fun without it!

Mon May 25 02:20:39 MET DST 1998

Freddy Fishstick

From: Sag Harbor

"Once Upon A Time"- Track 10 from Rick's 1977 Solo album ends with the line- There's no reward for suicide. Anybody have a clue as to the reference?

Mon May 25 01:33:26 MET DST 1998

Serge Daniloff

Jan, thanks for the opportunity for all to clear the air in the forum. I hope all obscenities, insinuations and accusations will stop, no matter what the subject matter. The Band as some of us knew it, and as we know it at the moment seems to be splintering in several different directions. My wish is that at least once, the Band management ( with its member's blessings ) would publicly acknlowledge this great " free " website and all the hard work that Jan puts in daily to keep interest alive in the various group members' musical adventures..I dare say that a little chunk of the Band members' bread and butter is generated by this site, in that it promotes and keeps fans informed as to where and when..Just let them check Jan's daily 'visitor's statistics' page.

Somebody start an Email petition..Let's just keep adding names and forwardig to band fans that we know. When the thing is so big that it clogs up and burns up the comp. of whoever is in the driver's seat at the Band's management, maybe we'll get a reaction to this (almost) 3 year old site. Is that an idea? or am I out to lunch?


Mon May 25 01:26:36 MET DST 1998

John Lawson

From: Albany, Georgia, USA

Superb site! I'll be hitting it for months to come. Thank you for putting in the time and effort to create and maintain it. Semper Fi, John

Mon May 25 00:57:35 MET DST 1998

Bubba James

From: Razorback country

(the action stops, the whistle blows) HEAD LINESMAN HOIBERG: " Personal foul, number 68 of the guestbook for two days...." BUBBA:: "WHAT!!! WHAT!!!! NOOOOOO, there was MOVEMENT, ref!" TYRELL: Be cool, be cool...settle down..." BUBBA: "BESIDES HE STARTED IT! I was just protecting myself! TYRELL: Let's try it with the ball. BUBBA: "...AND THAT NUMBA 12 GAVE ME A HARD COUNT!" TYRELL: Hey Bro, number 12 been hit so many time he lucky if he can REMEMBER how to count. You put him on his back 9 times on this drive alone. What's his name...Samsa?" BUBBA:"If he gives me any more lip ahm gonna give him 300 pounds of Joy. He's gonna wish he was DELILAH." HEAD LINESMAN:" Number 68, I'm watching you. I don't want to see that quarterback's head buried in the mud again." BUBBA: Yessir. No more nonsense. You have my word." BUBBA:

Mon May 25 00:56:37 MET DST 1998

john donabie

From: toronto


Bob Dylan (circa 1964)

Sun May 24 23:40:07 MET DST 1998

Ben Pike

From: Cleveland Tx.

Hightlight of the Dylan show on friday night: This Wheel's on Fire......"

Sun May 24 21:44:37 MET DST 1998

Jan H.

From: Halden, Norway

Just a little test. Now, please don't start the flaming again, ok?

Sun May 24 21:39:07 MET DST 1998

Jan H.

Ok, ok. Please stop the e-mail bombing, the guestbook is now open again.

Fri May 22 23:42:41 MET DST 1998


From: out west

I don't mean no harm or put fault on Taj! UNBELIEVABLE! I feel like John Lennon defending myself like this! I still stand by my belief that Levon was not used to his full potential on what is a good record "LARGO"! Levon is seen playing drums in the sleeve, but he is not heard playing drums on the record! I don't know about the rest of you, but I think it's DAMN shame to not use any Levon Helm drum performance; if you were lucky enough to get him to play for you! As for Taj Mahal, I can not say enough about my respect for his DOBRO playing, and his voice; however, no need to hold out on the Levon contribution! Everybody knows a duece and a quarter ain't no CADILLAC!

Fri May 22 22:33:47 MET DST 1998

Rand Harmon

From: Santa Fe, NM

I would appreciate any information I can recieve regarding Tour representation, booking agent, for The Band. Thanks

Fri May 22 22:19:07 MET DST 1998

John Donabie

From: Toronto

We all the love The Band; but don't knock the Taj man. I only wish that Columbia would re-release "The Real Thing" that includes one of the best titles of a song ever...

"You Ain't No Street Walker Mama; But I Sure Like The Way You Stut Yourself."

Fri May 22 22:13:47 MET DST 1998



Fri May 22 21:27:48 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

Note to Tiny Montgomery: Agreed. LARGO is an incredible album. Iím delighted to hear as much Levon as we get on GIMMEE A STONE and Garth on GARTHíS LARGO. But itís the whole album thatís great. Before you knock Taj Mahal, give FREEDOM RIDE and BANJOMAN another listen. Then grab SENOR BLUES and play QUEEN BEE and HAVINí A REAL BAD DAY. Taj Mahal happens to have hit that highpoint in his career - heís really doing great stuff all the time. I saw him live in Paris last year and he was phenomenal. Cyndi Lauper is also in superb form. WHITE MANíS MELODY is the best thing sheís done since TIME AFTER TIME (also with Rob Hyman). Iím playing LARGO to everyone, Band fans or not. Itís a must-have. A friend had this comment, ďthis is what the Band would have sounded like if theyíd stayed together and developed the sound of the brown album.í

Fri May 22 20:05:50 MET DST 1998


From: canada

Cap: re:Longwoods can get the info or phone(212)228-8300. The show is May 24 from 8pm to 11 pm. Other info at RR's website

Fri May 22 19:56:30 MET DST 1998

Uncle Hangover

From: Joe's Generic Bar
Home page:

Jan, just shut down this whole thing, ok? It's embarassing for us The Band fans to be assosicated with people like this "amusing" idiot.

Fri May 22 19:53:28 MET DST 1998


From: out west

I just got the LARGO album! HMMM, most excellent contribution from HONEY BOY and Maud! However the Levon contribution was a little BRIEF! Why would you go to all the trouble of involving one of America's finest voices, and then only give him one duet! Then give Taj Mahal 3 songs! When somethings not right it's wrong!

Fri May 22 19:39:46 MET DST 1998


From: Phoenix

Gregor Samsa;

You truly are amusing!

Dude, WE ALL know who you are, (your REAL identity). Accept it, live with it, learn to love it. Makes this information a part of you. My question is, what the hell happened when you were a regular here using your real Ser... I mean name Your participation here has run its course. Get a clue dude. You're so pathetic.

In as far as the Hoskyns/L. Helm books. There are only 5 people in the world, well four now who know the true story. None of us is themn folks....

Peace and Love,


Fri May 22 17:41:58 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

For those of you who are interested: Music Machine (phone# 410-356-4693) got me a copy of the Japanese version of Robbie's new album which has three extra songs on it. A rundown on the new tunes:

Holy Hell is as good as anything on the album. Great Robbie vocal and Guitar. Pray is a song that was nominated for an Emmy Award (Original Song fromTV special). It was first used in the Disney Going Home show. The third song is a remix of Makin' a Noise. This is not nearly as exciting as the other two songs. Hope everybody has a nice Memorial Day.

Fri May 22 17:15:01 MET DST 1998


From: Washington, DC

Did anybody notice the reference at the end of the NYRock article ( to Robbie's next possible project of a film based on Storyville? I'd love to hear more about that project... Also, is anyone out there going to see Robbie's appearance at Foxwoods this weekend? I flirted with the idea of going but couldn't find any details about the event.

Fri May 22 16:45:23 MET DST 1998


From: san francisco

thanks to bones from connecticut for the heads up on the new band video! i can't get vh-1 and was bumming i missed their show on the band...good memorial day weekend to all...very soon now i will be blasting rock of ages over the golden gate bridge and into the california sun!

Fri May 22 13:48:00 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: SkokieUSA

One last blast of blatant self-promotion. Saturday night, May 23 at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn IL, 6615 W. Roosevelt, 708-788-2118. "When The Circus Comes To Town: A Musical Tribute To Bob Dylan and The Band." And thanks to the regulars for their patience.

Fri May 22 10:28:35 MET DST 1998

Chris Bell

From: Cheltenham, UK


I think you need to stop spreading lies about people. It's getting out of hand now, and I'm amazed that you're being allowed to come here to spew this stuff, at the same time abusing such a web site - especially when it's known who you are.

"Samsa", if you have a problem in your life with Hoskyns, that's fine, but quit trying to cause trouble for others, right? Gail is right, you need an eye test.

In my Hoskyns article, I did NOT imply that "maybe Levon should have given up his book project to make way for the "Brit" and his guess work". Where the fXXk did I say that???????? I said exactly the opposite, and that Levon's book had just as much right to be there. And I clearly made the point, more than once, that there was room for BOTH books (and even many more on The Band), also that we loved Levon's book just as much.

In fact, the main reason I referred to "Davis" all the time, rather than "Levon", was to take the emphasis off Levon, because we weren't suggesting he (or the others) were directly responsible for what happened. I have the highest of respect for Levon & the boys - and I don't need the likes of you to go spreading rumours, right?

As for your most recent posting, either you are a very sick person in urgent need of treatment, or just extremely immature.

I am sorry, Jan, this entry is not so jocular as Gail's, but I really am very angry. Thanks to all those who've given their support.

Fri May 22 09:51:56 MET DST 1998

Tony Russo

From: L.A.

Just saw Bob,Joni and Van at Pauley Pavilion! What a great show! I heard there are some tickets available for tonights show(5/22/98). If there are any L.A. fans, I would check it out!

Fri May 22 04:12:07 MET DST 1998



First of all Hoskins(sp) book is informative and well written but it's also a compilation of previously written articles with little new interviews. It also has pretty steady put-downs of the BAND and solo members after the mention of the first two albums. Hoskyins book was published before "Jericho" and therefore before one of the reunited BAND's finest moments. Leading up to this moment Hoskins basically wrote that members of THE BAND were finished as musical factors. Around the same time DANKO put out his album with FJELD and ANDERSON and got rave reviews while winning awards. Basically the problem I have is that book's (that means Levon's included) don't deal with the post waltz period fairly. Just because Rick's solo album only made # 119 does'nt make it a failure. It's a very soulful effort as is everything he's ever done and hoskyns review is much too short and reflects an attitude of not giving the album it's proper due (especially the musicianship of Clapton Wood, ETC.) Hoskyns also runs down Robertson and Helm on their solo albums. Levon only knows good time music so that's what he plays and he does it as good as anyone. Robbie's solo work obviously missess the BAND's vocals so Hoskyns is right about that but his book misses most of the 80's and 90's because he thought Danko and Helm and Hudson were cooked. In fact they had a very productive time right after Hoskyns' compilations of Rolling Stone articles were published. And Levon's solo albums rock! Remember, it's not just who wrote the songs but who sings them (just ask Elvis).

Fri May 22 03:03:15 MET DST 1998

Lars Pedersen

From: Upstate NY

I'd like to congratulate Chris and Gail on their informative article, well done. Surely you won't let Gregor Samsa's jealous entries spoil your day. Actually, I find him "Amusing" and it always improves the guestbook after he stirs it up. The fact that he (no matter what name you use, man, your bitterness always shows through. We have come to know your voice- it doesn't matter what mask you wear) is a jealous old man who just wants attention is immaterial.

I think that some people are growing weary waiting for the Band to get back on tour (I know I am). The guestbook can digest just so many discussions on lyrics, book reviews, and betrayed friendships. I'd rather be reading about last night's setlist than arguing about lyrics. I miss them. I wish them the best. I hope they get back on the stage.

Fri May 22 00:39:37 MET DST 1998

Gregor Samsa

From: Prague

Mister Bell ( Oops! )Honest mistake since you seem to be wearing the trousers in your house. You don't have to demean Mr. Helm the way you do, and dream up a scenario about his relationship with Mr. Davis "his ghost-writer". I picked up on the photo thing only because YOU seem to have taken great pains in making excuses as to "your" photo contribution, shying away from any responsabilities and using a whole paragraph in explaining how you covered your fannies ( pardon the expression ) so to speak. Your diatribe explains nothing. First rule of diffusing criticism is to scream louder than the other person, then give it a twist that has nothing to do with the issue. I don't know why you find me amusing. I find you and your spouse hilarious. With a little intellect you should have picked up on the fact that my Email address would be a joke even without reading it. Sad how you seem continually to crave attention and recognition. Web site and all...

Good for you Charlie in "Old Virginny":-)

Saw a shooting star in the sky late last night...wonder if that was Janis, or Jimi, or Morrison, or maybe even Frank. What do you think ? I would Email you personally, but I am afraid of typing "that word" in your address. I am superstitious. Can either of you do a 360 with your heads?? Just a little humor there..:)) Sorry, couldn't resist. The guestbook needs a little mirth.

Thu May 21 22:07:55 MET DST 1998

Charlie Young

From: Down In Old Virginny

I finally got Robbie's new album and my initial impression is not that it's techno,cutting-edge stuff at all, but rather reminiscent of Jim Morrison and The Doors, "American Prayer" album. For those who don't recall, this was a posthumous release of spoken word material by Morrison which the surviving Doors created an unobtrusive "lite jazz" backing to make it suitable for mass consumption. There was even a "Native American" section to that as well. I think Robertson's considerable talents would be served better by reuniting with his surviving Band-mates for one last shot at something significant. By the way--for those who never read Kafka's books--Gregor Samsa was one of the characters created by that brilliant Czech author.

Thu May 21 22:06:06 MET DST 1998

Gail Bell

From: UK

Oh "Gee", seems like we caused a stir. First, lots of thanks to those who submitted positive entries in response re Hoskyns.

Hey, "it"!!! You, who submitted the other bit. ("It", because don't have a clue what species you are.) Very "Amusing" er, Gregor Samsa. You need to get an eye test, then learn to read stuff properly. Also check out dictionary re things like ghost-writers. Funny how you picked up on the photo thing. Got a real problem with that, haven't you. Sorry we frightened you over the Publishers thing, how've you been getting on with them? Er, might you also have a problem with people doing fanzines? Oh dear, all these people making big bucks!!

BTW, if Levon had so much to do with his book, then why was it not called "The Best Seat In The House"? And why was he not totally happy with the book anyway? Davis must've had a taped interview or two to work from, that's obvious. But are we really to believe they shacked up together, spent all the days and cosy evenings well into the night. Then Levon sat down at typewriter too & they bashed it all out together? Then afterwards, they very carefully went thru' the final manuscript together, had a few fights over corrections, then shared a jolly journey to the printers *together*? Grow up!

Oh, and BTW, to save you the trouble wise guy, I'll say it for you. Bell sent his silly wife back here to defend him, funny that isn't it!!

Sorry folks, I've taken the space to reply to that knucklehead, (no surprise, the e-mail he gave isn't real). Thanks, Sandi, for link to Robbie article.

Thu May 21 20:34:04 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

From: Me again

John Donabie's remarks on the availability of Classic Albums: CLASSIC ALBUMS was out on video in the UK before Christmas! I've just got a US LaserDisc too. The whole thing comes down to differences in the UK / North American video market. North America is vastly better for releases of movies and (usually) music. The UK is better for TV spinoffs - to give an example, the British Top 10 typically includes 2 episode tapes of STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE and VOYAGER, a video of X-FILES episodes, a couple of videos of FRIENDS episodes, then at least one set from a UK sitcom (e.g. MEN BEHAVING BADLY, RED DWARF III Remastered). This is because most people only get four or five channels on TV, plus satellite. Programs are shown ONCE in the UK, then not again for a year or so. Some stuff Ö STAR TREK, FRIENDS, appears on satellite long before Terrestrial TV. There's a booming market in TV spinoff videos, because they are not repeated within the week, nor will they appear again for ages. In contrast, in North America, if I feel like watching FRIENDS I can find at least a couple of episodes on a given evening. Ditto STAR TREK. The whole market is different. Therefore, CLASSIC ALBUMS rates as a TV spinoff, so comes out here a few weeks after the ONE TV showing. We also use proportionately more blank video tape. For those interested in importing videos: In Europe, we use the PAL video system, which means you can't use European videotapes in the USA. France uses a third system, SECAM. Because so many people visit the US / buy video from the US, the latest European VCR's will also playback North American (NTSC system) tapes and discs. The trouble is, the manufacturers are maintaining this foolish difference by zoning DVD players so they only work with software from one area. They're going to make sure HiDef TV is incompatible too. This is a great shame. European TV engineers call the NTSC system "Never Twice the Same Colour" because it is not as stable - it's ten years older than the German-designed PAL system, and you can tell the difference in a side-by-side test.

Thu May 21 19:47:03 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

I just got my copy of the Classic Albums: The Band video. Excellent!! After editing out the commercials in the VH-1 broadcast, I realize that the new video is almost twice as long. What astonishes me is Robbie's affection for the music and the other Band members. He spends most of the time complimenting Levon,Rick,Richard and Garth. Since Robbie is usually so concerned with moving forward than looking back, I was pleasantly surprised by his excitement. It still makes me sad that Levon doesn't seem to acknowledge that Robbie was even in the group. That is a minor complaint. Every Band fan has to own a copy of this video. Truly wonderful!

Thu May 21 19:03:48 MET DST 1998


From: New York City
Home page:

Thought you may want to check out a recently published article on Robbie in NY Rock,

Thu May 21 19:02:29 MET DST 1998


From: Boston

I don't really care who said what about who said what and whatever does it matter? Samsa could lose the attitude. It's the music that matters. My humble opinion.

Thu May 21 18:20:13 MET DST 1998

Typically Canadian

From: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Very interesting debate on the Hoskins book. I haven't read it yet but I have Levon's. I liked the book but it definetly was one sided and I would like to hear Robbie's side without him claiming he did everything in The Band.

Does anyone know what songs on Dylan's Greatest Hits 2 include The Band? I know "Quinn" does from Self Portrait, and I was thinking maybe "You Ain't Goin Nowhere", "I Shall be Released" and "This Wheel's on Fire". If anybody knows, share it on the Guestbook.

Oh, and one more thing: I would just like to say how disappointing it is that Danko and Helm have not included any Canadian dates in any of their tours as of late. I would think they would want to give something back to the country that supported them from the beginning.

Thu May 21 17:38:47 MET DST 1998

A fan of Gram Parsons

From: Louisiana

Going through my tapes in the car today, I found this wonderful song I'd totally forgotten about: "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" from the wonderful Emmylou Harris' 1978 "Quarter Moon.." album. Garth on accordion and Rick Danko on backing vocal and fiddle together with Emmy is fantastic. Must have been the last time Rick played fiddle or what? Does he ever do that anymore?

Thu May 21 16:36:57 MET DST 1998

john donabie

From: toronto

To Canadian Band fans. I called HMV on Tuesday, expecting Classic Albums: The Band to be available and it was not. They informed me that the Canadian release date would be May 26. When Peter in England has his copy already and the U.S. has theirs, it makes me wonder about my home and native land.

Thu May 21 15:31:39 MET DST 1998

Areli Garcia

From: Eagle Pass Tx. USA.

You are the Best. Keep on making good music.

Thu May 21 15:10:56 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

Hang on. I referred once before to Kurt Vonnegutís ďCatís CradleĒ for the myth of the philosopher in the jungle versus the tyrant in the castle. In the book, the two men who created a utopian countrry, assigned themselves these opposing roles to keep life interesting for the people. The Grateful Dead even named their publishing company (Ice 9) after the mystery substance in the same book. I mentioned this in connection with the Levon v Robbie ďoppositionĒ which we all seem to accept after reading Levonís autobiography (Iím not even hazarding a guess as to which is which). I wondered how real it still is. You spend your youth together. You fall out. If you meet years later, itís the good bits that you talk about. Weíre still on these two books, Hoskyns and Helm. I just glanced at my copy of ĎClassic Albums: The Bandí and remembered the attack on Hoskynís contribution to the programme in these pages. In the programme, both Levon and Robbie contributed, though they didnít appear together at any point. The Band had every possibility of vetoing Hoskynsí appearance and they didnít. Maybe theyíre not as sore about his book as weíve been imagining. Another note, if, as Gregor Samsa says, 25000 people visit the Guestbook daily, why do only about 20 or 30 post stuff? I think the figure is highly exaggerated. BUT if a huge number visit regularly, but donít post, they must get some enjoyment or interest from doing so.

Thu May 21 13:58:32 MET DST 1998

Joe frey

From: albany, ny

Goldmine Magazine has new listings for all of the Band CDs as Japanese imports. Does anyone know if these Japanese cds have been remastered?

Thu May 21 12:17:01 MET DST 1998

Mike Rodgers

From: Cape Canaveral, FL

Gregor Samsa posted a message here that begs for rebuttal from a Band fan even as unknowledgeable as myself. First off, I object to the sexual innuendo in the third sentence. This statement would seem to be indicative of the intellectual impoverishment of the poster and the rest of the post only reinforces that impression. For example, take the allegation in the next sentence that Chris Bell was "attempting to inject fear:(the publishers are so big and powerful, don't mess with them..." in his account. I, for one, did not detect any anti-publisher bias in the manuscript Then, further innuendo in the same sentence: " ..and Gee, we don't really know why the book was dedicated to us...(Samsa's words, not Bell's.)" Any unbiased reader of Bell's account of Hoskyns' travails in authoring his book, Across the Great Divide, will conclude that Hoskyns dedicated the book to the Bells for their encouragement and assistance in his endeavor. The next sentence,"Marcus said all there needed to be said way back when in his book", should need no comment; I certainly wasn't placated in my thirst for info on my favorite group with Greil's chapter in Mystery Train, nor the chapter devoted to the Band in Rolling Stone's Illustrated History of Rock and Roll. "Bell implies that maybe Levon should have given up his book project to make way for the "Brit" and his guess work." Give me a break! Chris made it abundantly clear that he was grateful for the Helms book as well as Hoskyns', as are the rest of us fans. " Maybe someone here will take the time to disect and point out all the hypocrisies." I seriously wonder whose hypocricy is being referred to here, Bell's or Samsa's. Obviously, I assumed Samsa's. All the best, Mike Rodgers

Thu May 21 05:12:59 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: SkokieUSA

As I posted a couple of days ago, I've been studying Garth Hudson for a Band/Dylan tribute I'm involved in on Saturday. Here's another installment. Garth and King Harvest. Garth relies on suspension and release to give King Harvest its sense of tension. Rock Of Ages has one of the more telling versions of the song, so its the one I analyzed. After the guitar/electric piano intro, Levon and Richard come in singing. Garth does a pretty counterpoint that seems almost indeterminate. He uses a legato fingering method to slur his entrance on another pentatonic lick (See earlier post). Then, as the group plays A minor to G, Garth holds the A minor over the change, creating a very contrasting, very suspended tone cluster until he too hits the G. When the group plays the next series of chords (B flat-F-C), Garth will hold a note from each previous chord over the changes to create a more subtle sense of suspension. When they hit the B section ("I will hear every word...") the chords go A minor-B flat-C. Garth, however, plays A minor-C against the A minor, E flat-B flat against the B flat, and B flat-C against the C. Again, he creates these little segments of tension-resolve against each chord change, but uses different relationships to accomplish them. However, Garth's little theme before the group returns to the verse uses chord tones ( C-D-F-A-G ) to create a plaintive, folk-like meoldy; none of the suspension release we saw earlier. Each succeeding segment mirrors his work on the first.

Thu May 21 04:42:36 MET DST 1998

Gregor Samsa

From: Prague

I see the mutual admiration society( as someone called it ) is at it again, patting each other on the back. A half dozen people out of 25,000 plus who hit this page daily..getting redundant and booooring!! As I read Bell's account he seems to be sucking and blowing at the same time. Wanting recognition for contributions in one paragraph ( all the encouragements, all the letters, all the calls etc...), then distancing himself and pleading ignorance whenever he speaks of touchy areas, or attempting to inject fear:(the publishers are so big and powerful, don't mess with them..But as to the photo WE contributed...we are innocent..and Gee, we don't really know why the book was dedicated to us...). Marcus said all there needed to be said way back when in his book. Short and sweet, together with the many published articles at the time. No need to regurgitate all that stuff. "The whole world screaming for a book"..Come on Bell, don't insult people's intelligence. Seems to me Hoskyns saw a chance to make a buck, and the Bell groupies a chance at their 15 minutes of glory, or both.. Methinks they protest too much.

Levon's book is important because he was there, lived it all and had a right to relate his story..Bell implies that maybe Levon should have given up his book project to make way for the "Brit" and his guess work. And by the way, how is Stephen Davis a "ghost-writer".?? He put into book form stories related to him by Levon. A "ghost-writer" remains anonymous last time I looked. Davis "transcribed" Levon's words. All that apologizing of Bell's makes me gag. Maybe someone here will take the time to disect and point out all the hypocrisies.. I personally can't be bothered to waste any more time on this pap.

Wed May 20 23:33:52 MET DST 1998

Jon Lyness

From: New York City

Great article by Chris and Gail Bell, many thanks. It reinforces what my take has been on the Hoskyns book, which was that it is a real labor of love, and pretty much as thorough as was possible given that the Band members weren't directly involved (I also agree with Peter Viney's points about distance from the subject not necessarily being a bad thing). I was surprised that some folks felt so strongly against it, as was shown in the guestbook in recent weeks. Aside from Hoskyns showing somewhat of an anti-Robbie bias, and having certain opinions on songs/albums, I'm curious: what specific misinformation do critics of Hoskyns believe to be in the book?

Wed May 20 21:54:50 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

Thanks to Chris Bell for his article about Barney's book. Even though I have had problems with parts of the book, I have always been glad that it had been written. Levon's book is funnier, but it is way too bitter. Are we to assume that Levon is the Band member in the article who wouldn't sign copies of Hoskyns' book? Is Levon also the reason for the cold shoulder and the mean letter that Hoskyns received? I love Levon, so I am glad that Chris did not name names.

I have assumed that Levon wrote his book for three reasons. He wanted to tell some hilarious old stories, make people realize that this was not a one man group(we knew that already), and , in the process, make a little money. Since its release, I have been told that Levon was unhappy with it. I agree with Peter Viney , for I think they should all write a book.

Wed May 20 18:04:54 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

Thanks to Chris Bell for the very interesting and comprehensive article on Barney Hoskyns ďAcross the Great DivideĒ. It confirmed what I thought. There are only a limited number of sources, the best ones being from ďRolling StoneĒ plus the ďTimeĒ cover story. Iíve got these and recognised the information from them when I first read it. When I bought the book in 1993, I was straight off on a business trip to Spain, and I read it cover-to-cover then started again. I was upset because I was four chapters into a similar project, which I then immediately scrapped, but it didnít stop me appreciating and admiring Hoskynsí work.

Of course, anyone whoís really interested in The Band will take issue with some opinions, but the charges levelled against Hoskyns are unfair, as Chrisís article demonstrates so well. Iíve said this before, but there might be advantages in a biography in NOT getting too close to the subjects. If you become close friends with the subjects you lose objectivity, and you start writing ďthe authorized versionĒ which may be no nearer the truth. Hoskynsí book may have benefitted from the inacessibility of the subjects. All biographies get things wrong but Hoskyns has some good insights into the music and tells the story well. Researching (say) the Gleason review of the Winterland concert is not plagiarism as long as you acknowledge the source. The Gleason review is the reason the set list is well known. I also reckon that he used Robertson radio interviews extensively, but he does say ďAccording to Robertson ÖĒ or ďRobbie Robertson said ÖĒ Iíve heard most of the radio interviews too. Remember that The Band were supposedly incensed by the 1969 Hawkins interview where he told tales out of school. These tales are repeated, but theyíre also repeated by Levon Helmís book. You might say that Levon has the right to tell stories which are about himself, and someone else has less right. But these stories are all there in ďRolling StoneĒ for anyone who wants to look them up. Libraries carry ďRolling StoneĒ and Iíve preserved my near complete set up to the mid-80s. Robertson has repeated some of these stories himself as well.

I still wish Rolling Stone would compile their stuff into a book. And that the other three would have a go at telling it from their point of view. Thatís the best way to correct anything they take issue with.

Wed May 20 16:22:28 MET DST 1998

Areli Garcia

From: Eagle Pass, Tx. USA.

You guys are the BEST. Keep on making that GOOD music that you ALWAYS do.

Wed May 20 11:36:57 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

CORN PICKIN' by James Burton was re-released in 1997 and is on catalogue still according to HMV. While looking I picked up THE GUITAR SOUNDS OF JAMES BURTON which is 1971 and includes instrumentals of Mystery train & Suzie Q & Hi-Heel Sneakers. This is a 1997 A&M re-release with digital remastering.

Wed May 20 09:22:21 MET DST 1998



james burton and ralph mooney(steel guitar)recorded "corn pickin' and slick slidin'" which was originally issued on capitol records circa 1968. it was issued on cd in the uk by see for miles in 1993. i couln't find any track listing either. it was given a four-star rating by the all music guide. sounds like a great session!

Wed May 20 01:41:23 MET DST 1998

Chris Bell

From: Cheltenham, UK
Home page:


For anyone interested in the story behind Hoskyns book, article is now at my web site. Enjoy!

Wed May 20 01:17:23 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

I just finished listening to the clip of Garth's Feed the Birds from this site. Garth WAS THE BAND and the Band was Garth.

Tue May 19 22:20:03 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

Regarding Pat Brennan's last post, it is my understanding that Garth was in charge of the tape recording when the songs were recorded in 1967. Robbie was in charge of compiling and cleaning up the tracks for its release in 1975.

It is interesting that after Dylan's success in 1974, he allowed Columbia to release The Basesment Tapes in 1975. After his Oh Mercy success in 1989, Dylan allowed Columbia to release The Bootleg Series 1-3 which came out a year or two later. Now, after the success of Time Out Of Mind, I hope that Dylan will give in and let the 1966 tour get released. I know it has already been mentioned here, but it has not been verified.

Tue May 19 20:15:25 MET DST 1998





JAMES BURTON Corn Pickin' & Slick Slid Origin ENGLAND JVC M052660 I found this in the CD Now import section. No track info. Wondered if you knew anything about it? Thanks

Tue May 19 16:57:40 MET DST 1998

John Donabie

From: Canada

Finally got my JIM WEIDER CD today. It was worth the wait. Only regret...I wish I had ordered it earlier.

Tue May 19 14:56:04 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

A postscript to my posting yesterday regarding the Dale Hawkins recording of "Susie Q". Although the Chess set CD booklet says it was recorded in 1957, other sources indicate that it was actually recorded in 1955. This earlier date appears accurate in lieu of the fact that by 1957 guitarist James Burton had already left Hawkins' band, played with Bob Luman, and was in California about to join Ricky Nelson's band.

"Susie Q" was recorded in the studio of radio station KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. In this day & age of elaborate, multi-track recording studios it's hard to believe that such a great song such as "Susie Q" was recorded live to tape using just three microphones. James Burton was age 15 when it was recorded. He played a 1953 blonde maple-neck Telecaster, his first, which he had purchased brand new at the time.

Back in those days guitar strings were of a pretty heavy gauge, making them hard to bend. This was years before Ernie Ball & others would begin making "slinky", lighter gauge strings. Young James Burton discovered a way to make it easier to play his bluesy, string bending style. He used light banjo strings for the first four strings on his guitar & used the regular D & A guitar strings for the fifth & sixth. His staccato, chicken picking style was showcased on Ricky Nelson's recording of "Milkcow Blues". A variation of this solo would later appear in the lead Burton played on Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues." Burton also played the distinctive lead guitar on Haggard's "The Lonesome Fugitive."

In 1969 Burton acquired his trademark, pink paisley Telecaster, which he used while playing with Elvis Presley & subsequently became his standard touring guitar. In 1972 Burton played on Gram Parsons' first album _GP_ & also played on the follow up _Grievous Angel_. It was while recording with Pasons that Burton first worked with Emmylou Harris & following Parsons' untimely death in 1973, Burton played on Emmylou's first two albums & as a part of her touring "Hot Band". Burton continued playing with Elvis until the King's death in 1977. Since then he has toured & recorded with such diverse artists as John Denver, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Costello & countless others.

Tue May 19 10:58:04 MET DST 1998


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hey tiny:

just curious... do you mean rick went into "wheels" the gram parsons song, or "this wheel's on fire"? both are classic, and given the emmylou reference(haven't heard it, but steve earle kicks ass, and is as literate a writer as any to emerge since zimbob imho)i was naturally a bit confused...

regarding shepat's notation: it's quite possible that garth was in charge of the on/off switch, and robbie the faders, etc... either way, or regardless, it seems they managed to record history in a most adequate fashion, to say the least.

Tue May 19 04:58:16 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: SkokieUSA

A couple of things. First, without going to far out into it, I don't know which event received more dubious hype, the last Seinfeld or Sinatra's passing. Both reflected the obsession of the media to target a single story they perceive as "sticky" and beat it to death. And I'll only say that I can think of a number of singers from the swing era who blow Frank's doors off. And, the one overriding element of all this black and white film of the Rat Pack is the jive center of every performance. That said, I am touched that Sinatra, in his will, has donated so much money to abused children causes. There must have been a soul in there somewhere. To something a little more on topic. The latest EQ magazine has an interesting interview with Robbie wherein he describes the new Fender Robbie Robertson model guitar. I assume the mag has a net presence somewhere. I'll try to get it and post it tomorrow. Robbie also repeats the point that he engineered the Basement Tapes, something I thought Garth had a little something to do with. He does state that he is considering touring behind this album. BTW, does anyone have an addy that tracks record sales? As I posted before, this Saturday I'm part of a musical tribute to Dylan and The Band. As a result, I've been trying to figure out exactly what makes Garth sound like Garth. I'm assuming someone might be interested in what I've found. If not I apologize. I'm going to post different analyses all week. Tonight, Stage Fright. I looked at two performances of the tune, the original and the version on Before The Flood, and one thing strikes me. He makes extensive use of the pentatonic scale, i.e. a five note scale that includes (In the key of C) C, D, E, G, and A. If you listen to his opening rip on BTF, he uses those notes almost exclusively through the first three measures, then adds an F to the stew in the fourth, which most classicists would call the leading tone (leading the chord change from the G or V chord to C or the I chord. For the next four measures I go back to the original where he creates an interesting little theme that basicly uses a manipulation of the notes do-re-mi-fa-so. What makes this part is his use of suspension, the fourth note of the lick being a C while the group plays a B flat. He then rises to an E against the B flat, which the classicists would term the raised 4th, a difficult note to make sound good. Jump to the solo. On BTF, you gotta love Danko's "Sings like a bird..." followed by Garth making his Lowry sound like a bird, but I digress. On the original, the thing that strikes me the most is his almost total avoidance of blues cadences. His solo begins with an outline of an E minor chord which highlights the major 7th (B) against the next chord, a C. Most rock players would use the B flat-the blues 7th-- instead of the B, but that's Garth. When the group hists the G chord, Garth gets as close as he gets to a blues lick but he shoots right back into the manipulation of the pentatonic scale. There's also very interesting uses of quick chromatics instead of his patented tone bender. More later.

Mon May 18 22:37:30 MET DST 1998


From: musician'ship

Flat out- when I heard rick was in trouble I was inconsolable. Every avenue I could think of seemed pointless. How could I possibly help? Everyday of his confinement I just kept hoping. And singing of course. Anyway, the sweet breath of freedom blows strong today and I am so happy. Rock on brothers. All the best. rita

Mon May 18 21:36:27 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

While we are on the subject of early guitar heroes, I feel that Hubert Sumlin and Fred Carter need to be mentioned. Robbie has recently said in interviews how much they had influenced him. Also, Link Wray's "Rumble" was a unique and influential record.

Mon May 18 21:17:36 MET DST 1998


From: out west

Hey, just a quick note regarding "Rivers of babylon" Rick played a great show with Aron (the professor) on keys in San Francisco last November, a magical night! Well, anyways when he cane out on stage he quickly realised he was lacking his guitar,which was locked in his dressing room backstage! It took a good 10 minutes to find the stage manager so he could unlock the dressing room and bring Rick his guitar! It was true comedy, so Rick improvised a version of "Rivers of Babylon" as a sing-a-long with the crowd until his guitar was brought out to him! So he actually opened with that song and then went right into the classic "Wheels"! Such a night! We'll if anyone is looking for a killer version of that song(Rivers)I strongly recommend Steve Earle's BRILLIANT ALBUM "TRAIN A COMIN'". THE VERSION ON THAT ALBUM IS A DUET WITH EMMYLOU HARRIS, AND IS OUTSTANDING! So long for now!

Mon May 18 21:06:21 MET DST 1998

Christobal G.

From: Portugal

Many many year ago the young communists of my country had the experience of The Band at a summer festival. American music was strange for us, it was some misunderstanding I believe. But what I and friends still can not forgot after all this time is Garth Hudson and the way he play. I hope one day me and my now wife will see Hudson again. The Band site is very good too.

Mon May 18 21:06:06 MET DST 1998


From: Virginia by way of Marvell Ark.

Terrific site. I especially enjoyed the audio clips. I'm doing research for a novel set in and around Helena during the 50s, back when Levon played accompanied by his sister Linda on her washtub bass. Fascinating stuff. My dad heard Levon and Linda at a 4-H camp and says they were pretty terrific. I hope his health problems aren't life-threatening. Again, thanks for the fun and informative site. Best to everyone.

Mon May 18 20:48:23 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

What I love about this site is how far it ranges over music. You look on other websites and first, you realise how clean and effective Janís design is, then how much bigger The Band site is, and finally most of the postings elsewhere consist of ĎI love the (new) album. Period / Full stop.í

Here you get tributes to Frank Sinatra and discussions on James Burton and Telecasters. Iíve been looking at ďThe Chess Blues-Rock SongbookĒ for weeks and only bought it a few days ago. it was hard to justify - Iíve got nearly every track anyway, but itís such a great compilation Ö (Compare: ďThe Blues Volume 1Ē in the early 60s, much of which is repeated here). And the remastering IS worth it.

On Fender guitars, do you remember how guitar instrumental bands had a Fender heirarchy? If the lead guitarist had a Stratocaster, then the rhythm guitarist had a Telecaster. If the lead guitarist had a Jaguar, then the rhythm guitarist could have a Strat OR a Tele. Only in matching colours. Lead guitarists had more knobs (no pun intended). Thanks David Powell and John Donabie for turning my mind to James Burton. I think Rick(y) Nelsonís Greatest Hits is called for.

Mon May 18 19:27:20 MET DST 1998

john donabie

From: toronto


God I love it when people get as passionate about music as I do....and I'm finding that David Powell really knows his stuff. Years ago I owned a piece of vinyl of James Burton. I can no longer find it. I even find myself listening to old Bob Luman records to hear him; before Ozzie Nelson basically bought Bob's band to join his son Ricky. I listen to Rick Nelson over & over to hear a young James Burton. When James Burton plays....I LISTEN!

Ronnie Hawkins cousin Dale performing Suzie Q has got to be one of the best of all time Thanks for a great posting. All I can contribute is to be in total agrement with you.

Mon May 18 18:24:39 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Plantar--early pioneers & masters of the telecaster included Jimmy Bryant, Buck Owens, Don Rich, Roy Nichols, Steve Cropper, as well as Robertson & as you mentioned Roy Buchanan. Muddy Waters also favored the tele. Michael Bloomfield, early on with Butterfield & backing up Dylan at Newport & in the studio, also used one. With all these true masters, & I'm sure there some I've forgotten to mention, I guess it's a matter of personal preference as to who's the best.

As Robbie Robertson recently mentioned in a guitar magazine interview, the telecaster was a favorite because it was cheap, reliable & almost impossible to break since it was just so basic with few parts, knobs & electronics. In addition to its ruggedness, it's also relatively light compared to other guitars. Anyone who's ever played a Gibson Les Paul can attest to the painful reality of wearing one of those on your shoulder for several hours every night.

Mon May 18 17:41:14 MET DST 1998


From: Denton, TX

Good to hear that the Gourds are making an impression 'round the world! Hope this doesn't mean that I won't be able to see them in lovely downtown Denton anymore. The last time they played there it was one of the band member's birthday and, although the crowd was small (25 of us?) they burned it up (literally) onstage!

Mon May 18 16:49:37 MET DST 1998

Plantar Fasciatis

From: Lithuania

after reading dan bloods revelation,I had my own realization. Dylan definately marched to the beat of his own drummer{his way} and only did it the"group way" with the Band and the Rolling Thunder Revue. Sinatra did it the "group way" and "his way" as far as carving out a life and career for himself.

David the real master of the telecaster was Roy Buchanan

Mon May 18 15:21:13 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Okay here it is---my top recomendation for one of the best compilation CD sets you'll ever find. _The Chess Blues-Rock Songbook / The Classic Originals_ (MCA/Chess CHD2-9389). This two CD set was released last year as part of the 50th anniversary of Chess Records. It contains 36 wonderfully remastered selections from some of the label's major artists, along with some rarities from several lesser-known performers.

Included are: Muddy Waters ("I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "Trouble No More", & "You Shook Me"), Howlin' Wolf ("Backdoor Man", "Spoonful", "The Red Rooster", & "Killing Floor"), Chuck Berry ("Roll Over Beethoven", "Memphis", "Rock And Roll Music", "Johnny B. Goode", & "Back In The U.S.A."), Bo Diddley ("Who Do You Love" & "Mona"), and Sonny Boy Williamson ("Bring It On Home" & "Help Me"). Also represented are John Lee Hooker, Eddie Boyd, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Rogers, Lowell Fulson, J.B. Lenoir, Little Walter, Elmore James, Little Milton & Etta James with one selection each.

The rarities include: Memphis Slim's "Mother Earth", John Brim's "Ice Cream Man", Willie Mabon's version of "Seventh Son", & Tommy Tucker's "High Heel Sneakers". Also featured is Bobby Charles Guidry's original 1955 version of "See You Later Alligator", which was later covered by Bill Haley & the Comets.

For me, however, the highlight of this compilation is the classic "Susie Q" recorded by Dale Hawkins in 1957. The song opens with tom tom, cymbal & hand claps laying down a rhumba-like beat. Then the Master of the Telecaster, James Burton, who was just a teenager when this was recorded, comes in with his trade-mark Louisiana swamp lick that John Fogerty would later build a career on. Hawkins' energetic vocal is punctuated with whoops & screams (it's amazing how similiar in style with that of cousin Ronnie). In between verses, James Burton just burns on his solos, playing those distorted licks that combine open strings with the fretted bent notes. Robbie Robertson along with almost every rock guitarist to come along since would incorporate this style into their playing. The song is over 40 years old & still sounds as fresh & powerful as ever, especially in this remastered incarnation. Partners, it just don't get no better than this!

Mon May 18 13:22:26 MET DST 1998


From: charleston, west virginia usa
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hey, lars ain't jivin'! the gourds are austin's best honky-jug, roots dance band... check out their brand new disc, "stadium blitzer."

they also remind me of a mid-seventies band called blue jug, who some of you hopefully will remember, which made a couple of great records for capricorn and ariola.

Mon May 18 08:48:38 MET DST 1998

Lars Davidsson

From: Ljungby, Sweden

Last night The Gouards played at Kulturbolaget (Culturecomapany) in Malmoe, Sweden. In front of a small crowd they did a great gig. For an encore the did Ainęt No More Cane. Pure magic I can tell you all. Tonight they are in Oslo. So Jan, and all others in the neighbourhod, are advised to check them out.

Sun May 17 21:25:19 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

The query about The Rivers of Babylon: Bony M had a big 1978 hit - UK #1, April, US #30 June.It was done earlier by The Melodians This featured as an acapella closer to Band sets throughout much of 1986, though itís an old song, their version was probably inspired by Boney Mís huge 1970s EuroDisco-Reggae version, and always had a touch of humour/ piss-take as a result. Danko has continued to perform it.

Sun May 17 06:25:33 MET DST 1998

Stephen Novik

From: Edmonton , Alberta

Just got a small question for any and all to answer - when did the arrangement change in "The Shape I'm In" to allow for a repeat of the the title phrase towards the end? I first noticed it during the Jericho tour, (a fabulous though not long enough concert) and later, (Perhaps, ironically,) in a cover version by another Canadian band, The Goods. I'm sure the change came about by The Band, possibly in solo Danko shows and the Goods just picked up on it. I really like that hook, kinda wish it was on the "Stage Fright" version, but oh well. Hope the new CD comes out sooner than '99. Here's for all the best to all. Peace in the valley.

Sun May 17 00:20:10 MET DST 1998

Jolene Oberg

From: Gresham, Oregon / near Portland

Greetings One and All, This weekend Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell are performing in Concert in the Gorge (Columbia River) near George, Washington. Two performances. Reminds me of The Last Waltz. Neil Young comes to Portland often and this summer, Dr. John will be here at The River Queen with B.B. King and The Nevilles (including Aaron). Just one more bit of news to Robbie fans. He is supposed to be on Sunday Morning on May 31. I have almost filled up one video with his performances on Letterman, Showbiz Today (CNN) and the interview on Charlie Rose and appearance on Politically Incorrect. Personally, he was his absolutely charming best on Charlie Rose. Look for the PBS Special, Going Home (to Six Nations) on August 14, 1998. (Tracy, you lucky person getting to go to Ledyards, CT to see the man himself receive a Lifetime Achievement Award). Hope you will share with us what it is like! S'long, Jo

Sat May 16 12:54:54 MET DST 1998


From: New York

Maria - appreciated your comments, but would like to clarify. Although Rick did indeed look wonderful right after returning from Japan (I assume you are referring to The Bottom Line Show) - he did put on quite a bit of weight immediatly after that. The 40 pound weight loss was between then and now. Sorry for the confusion. We should agree though that he sure looks healthier than in pre-Japan days, and it's also my hope that he stays healthy and happy.

Sat May 16 05:49:08 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

My wife Dana and I drove up to Big Bear Lake this morning, an hour drive from our home. We listened to NPR's tribute to Frank Sinatra and as the songwriters and big orchestra leaders told their stories about Frank, someone mentioned that above all Sinatra was an interpreter of songs of others. He said the Dylans and the Macartneys and Lennons were not interpreters. Obviously, they wrote and performed their own material.

I had a minor revelation hearing this. Because of Sinatra's many relationships with songwriters and orchestra leaders, he was part of a different culture than our rock musicians and their more selfish culture.

Sinatra's era was perhaps more social and dependent on persons far and wide at all levels, whereas the musical culture Dylan and The Band where (are) part of is more a-social and independent. Frank really did it "the group way" and Dylan did it "his way."

Seems Sinatra's cronies shared more interdependence than musicians do these days.

Sat May 16 05:03:17 MET DST 1998


From: Long Island

I saw Rick at the brokerage the other night and although he was wonderful I have to disagree with Diane about Rick's weight. Saw him when he fitrst came back from Japan and he looked wonderful Unfortunately, it looks to me that he gained it all back. I just hope he stays healthy.

Sat May 16 02:57:46 MET DST 1998

J. Croce

From: The Brokerage


Rivers of Babylon is one of those "traditionals". Don McClean is famous for his live covers Not so High on the Hog. Take what I can get though. Notches below Jericho. Hope the boys can equal or top Jericho.

Sat May 16 01:39:13 MET DST 1998

Spider John

From: Rancho Deluxe

Correction to my last post regarding Emmylou Harris. In 1991 Buffett signed the group "Evangeline". He joined them on their cover of Gulf Coast Highway. He didn't collaborate with Emmylou Harris on the tune. She covered it separately.

Sat May 16 01:06:46 MET DST 1998

Spider John

From: Rancho Deluxe


Thank's for the head's up on Frank and the Buffett connection. Actually, Buffett is on Duets II with Frank doin Mack the Knife. If the Chairman of the Board is impressed enough with JB to share a tune...

According to the VH-1 special on Jim Croce, the first tune he serenaded Ingrid with was Country Boy. Manuel's version is far superior. Pushing Buffett was ABC's reaction to Jim's untimely passing in 1973.

One final link, Emmylou Harris attended Jimmy's wedding. Later they would do Gulf Coast Highway together.

Sat May 16 00:23:24 MET DST 1998

Nick Tovo

From: Newark, De.

Fantastic work Jan and great input from contributors. I agree with the speech thing despite my earlier comments. I think it was shaken, not stirred. It's just a matter of respect along the "blind lines". Has Rick really lost 40 pounds? That would be great. Is Levon hurtin' that bad? When I saw "THE BAND" New Years 97' he sounded great, but that was a year and a half ago (I'm in Italy now). Does anyone know the origin of the song "Rivers of Babylon" that Danko sings? He does a great version (saw one acappella at The Bottom Line in New York in Feb.) Can't help myself on this one: Levon was in the "Dollmaker" with Jane Fonda, who was in "Stanley & Iris" with Robert DeNIRO. Or how about...Levon was in "All the Right Stuff" with Sam Sheppard...who is married to (?) Jessica Lange....who was in "Night and the City" with Deniro...who has been in any number of Scorcese flicks (does this count). Thanks for indulging my indulgences. Favorite band tune..."Twilight", great Danko and ensemble vocal. Peter Viney and David Powell...I like reading your posts. What do you guys think of "High On The Hog", particularly the first three songs,,,"Stand up, Back To Memphis and Where I Should Always Be". You too Jan and thanks for your unbelieveable efforts. Chow.

Sat May 16 00:03:21 MET DST 1998

Richard Thurston

From: Seattle, WA

Terrific site.

Fri May 15 22:03:06 MET DST 1998


From: UK (yeah, another Brit)

Hey, Garth stuff wonderful. Thank you, Jon Lyness & Little John Tyler. Jan, have a great time in New Orleans when it comes round. I just warned the folks there about your visit - ha, ha!

Fri May 15 21:55:44 MET DST 1998

Lost John

From: Cool Britannia

Thanks Luis for the nice comment. I agree with my fellow Brit Peter Viney: limey's not a bad term: the Brits were smart enough not to get scurvy... I agree with Jan as well: free speech means tolerance. Once you start criticising someone who you disagree with, you're as intolerant as they are. Didn't His Bobness sing "to live outside the law, you must first remain honest"? Anyone out heard of Isaiah berlin (another Brit well ok Russian Jew): one man's utopia is another's hell, so toleration is the only answer. Similarly, why can't one love Robbie (Mahk Jchi off native amnericans makes me cry it's so beautiful) and watch Coal Miner's Daughter to hear Levon singing Blue Moon of Kentucky? love to all Band fans: yeah even Mr Amused or is it Mr Jones? Thanks Jan too!

Fri May 15 21:38:43 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

Thanks to David Powell for his Sinatra/Band post. I will miss the Chairman very much. I know Spider John was pleased that David mentioned "Stars Fell On Alabama"( a song covered by Jimmy Buffet on Coconut Telegraph).

Have a nice weekend!

Fri May 15 18:34:12 MET DST 1998

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mikio inose

From: japan
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Fri May 15 18:22:19 MET DST 1998


From: penna

Woke up this mornin' heard about Sinatra and am just crestfallen. Maybe the greatest and most influential entertainers of all time. For me it was his voice and the songs that were so memorable. Frank sang them like the lyrics really meant something. He never took voice lessons. Never could read music. But what an ear he had! As Rick Danko says "you have to really listen to the music around you". I saw him once and it was a powerful experience. Total 1st class entertainment. My parents enjoyed Sinatra and have some stories from shows at the 5oo club and Sands Casino in Atlantic City.

Sinatra helped many people unbeknowst to the public at large. From regular folks to fellow celebs. Random acts of kindness.

All we can do is celebrate the man. Frank did live the life,his way. From Hobokan to Hollywood,what a story. If your so inclined raise a glass tonight to some of his music. His favorite drink was J&B on the rocks.

Fri May 15 17:02:02 MET DST 1998


From: New York

As I was sitting here trying to come up with a "Band" related way to mention the sad passing of Mr. Sinatra - I happened upon David Powell's latest entry. Thank you David - for saying so eloquently what I couldn't. No doubt he is out there singing "the stars fell on Alabama last night", and with his death - a star or two fell on "New York New York" as well.............

Fri May 15 15:03:54 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

This year has not been kind to lovers of music. It seems each week marks the passing of yet another fine performer. Just last week it was Eddie Rabbitt, the country singer & author of 26 number one songs, including Elvis' "Kentucky Rain." And now in the wee small hours of this morning we learn of the passing of old blue eyes, Frank Sinatra. Even if you didn't care for his style of music, you had to admit the guy could flat out sing.

Mr. Sinatra was also the original mack daddy, the ladies man supreme. As Ronnie Hawkins once told the young & hungry prospective members of The Band, he couldn't pay them much but they'd get more p***y than Frank Sinatra. Oh yes, there's another Sinatra/Band connection---perhaps some of their finest music was recorded for posterity in Frank's buddy & fellow rat packer, Sammy Davis Jr.'s pool house. One would like to think that Mr. Sinatra once sang something in that same room & left some vibes behind for Richard Manuel & the others to find.

As I sit here Mr. Sinatra is singing & letting me know that "the stars fell on Alabama last night."

Fri May 15 04:40:51 MET DST 1998


From: Bay Area, CA

Just wanted to say thanks to all the folks posting reviews of all the recent shows. Living on the left side of country, I haven't seen any of the guys in a while. Thanks for sharing.

Fri May 15 02:05:27 MET DST 1998

Charlie Young

From: Down in Old Virginny

Thanks to the folks who e-mailed me about the question I posted here about that Garth riff from "Ain't Got No Home" which later turned up on a Dr. John track. Jan: have a great time in New Orleans and try to catch a show by Dr. John if you can. I saw him back in January and he's never sounded better or had a better band. My thoughts are with Levon, too. I picked up that "Largo" CD today and he sounds great on there.

Fri May 15 00:56:49 MET DST 1998

J. Croce

From: Long Island

Was at Rick's show @ The Brokerage last nite. Rick really allowed Ed Kaercher & Professor Luis to show their stuff. The crowd really enjoyed Ed's cover of The Dead's "Friend of the Devil". Last year @ this site Rick covered it. In addition to the songs Diane has posted Rick did When You Awake & Caledonia Mission.

Rick sounded good , but I would have liked a longer set.

He said the new album should be out in the fall. I expect that they'll tour to promote it and that should mean Carnegie Hall. Luis, you shoulda been there!

Swore I saw David Bromberg & Carole King there also.

Thu May 14 22:48:34 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

Me again. A question: Iíve read reviews of recent performances here with interest- the Garth review was particularly interesting. Wish Iíd been there. So, Rickís doing his solo shows, Garthís keeping busy & Levon & The Crowmatics are playing gigs. I suddenly thought (and this question has been asked before), When did The Band last play together? (Donít waste space on the two obvious smart-ass answers!) Have the current line-up played as an ensemble since Rick returned from Japan? Thereís positive news about recording, but if theyíre all keen to be on the road, why no group performances? Iíve no idea. I ran through a quick mental list of possiblities: Personal animosity? / Contractual or management reasons? / Tired of being a team player? ( the freedom of doing stuff on your own) / Profitability? (They were playing pretty small halls as a six piece). I really have no basis for making a guess. Any ideas out there?

Thu May 14 22:17:30 MET DST 1998


From: Phoenix

Howdy y'all, Did anyone watch "HV-1LEGENDS" last night? They did a special on Slowhand. I knew that THE BAND had influenced his direction in the early 70's but I didn't realize that the connection goes back to the late 60's! Right after the whole BLIND FAITH/CREAM/CLAPTON IS GOD debacle, I genuinely believe he really really didn't want to be a star. So what does he do? He goes up to Woodstock, BIG PINK and learns how to be a virtuoso without the Rock Star garbage that went along with that.

Obviously he hasn't stuck to his guns and his career is a disgusting mess now because of it. When he says THE BAND changed my life, this guy meant it and we got to see it. Probably in some way or another everyone who visits this site has been changed by THE BAND but because we don't live in the public eye and are not celebrities (except for Mr. Amused) no one else sees the results...


Thu May 14 22:02:13 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

Classic Albums:

Absolutely right, Andrew. It WAS indeed John Simon who mentioned the Ďpsychosomatic malaiseí at Winterland. Donít know how I mixed that up. Probably because I made my notes on a scrap of paper Ö badly. I should have rechecked while the computer was on. John Simon does indeed say it with a wry smile, but maybe heís excusing himself for calling it that! Robbie Robertson suffers in commentaries from what the Japanese call the ďtall poppyĒ syndrome. If it sticks out above the rest, cut it down. There are good accounts of the incident in ďBill Graham Presents ÖĒ And psychosomatic complaints donít hurt any less.

I had to check the video, which was good, because I then got stuck into The Rockiní Chair sequence, which reminded me that I should finish a piece I started on the song.

Just for info, as national insults go, ďlimeyĒ is very mild (it dates back to British sailors sucking limes to ward off scurvy, which seems a harmless enough hobby). I thought the insults to others from Mr Amused were far worse. I objected to the spirit behind name-calling rather than the words used. I did comment on the Titanic casting. That was in the news a lot at the time, and several people have written about the automatic Hollywood casting of Brits as ďbaddies.Ē The list is quite staggering. It seemed relevant to the point about prejudice - from an unusual angle. Itís a logical thing to do in a politically correct world, because almost any other ethnic group would object. In my other writing life, Iíve done the same thing (cast the ďbaddieĒ as British) for the same reasons. The French get it a bit as well, again because they probably wouldnít bother to object. So do Southerners in American movies, which was added to by another unecessary slur from Mr A. I hope Iím not hyper-sensitive about supposed slurs on the British, because as another posting pointed out, weíve earned it on enough occasions, and as a nation have not suffered unduly from ethnic prejudice. In many visits to the US and Canada Iíve experienced nothing but interest and friendliness when my nationality became apparent.

Thu May 14 20:33:54 MET DST 1998


From: Long Island

In responce to Diane I didnt mean to be so frank regarding Levon Helms show at IMAC but you can understand the way I felt watching him trying to sing and try he did Levons a real trouper and gave his all and the Crowmatics helped him along the way.Nobody loves and respects the Band more then i have over the last thirty years I pray that this is a temporary state that Levons in.

Thu May 14 19:47:56 MET DST 1998


From: New York

After posting my last entry, I read the entry posted by Sammy from Long Island and would just like to comment. There's been a whole lot of speculation on the state of Levon's health lately, and although I'm not at liberty to disclose any details, I would suggest that those of you who are concerned remember him in your prayers. Some things are beyond our control, and instead of putting down his more recent performances - we should be applauding his strength. You are very much loved Levon...........

Thu May 14 19:25:59 MET DST 1998

Jan Høiberg

From: Halden, Norway

Guess who's going to New Orleans next month... I'll be staying for a week and a half. Any The Band fans around there that I could hook up with for a night on town or whatever? Too bad the Levon Helm cafe is not open yet.

Thu May 14 19:24:12 MET DST 1998


From: New York

Went down to Long Island to see Rick at the Brokerage last night.Good show, although off to a slow start as Rick is just getting over the flu.Set included Crazy Mama,It Makes No Difference,Bartender Blues,Blind Willie McTell,Long Black Veil, The Weight,The Shape I'm in,Stage Fright,One More Shot,Twilight - and several others which champagne consumption during the show has caused me to forget. Rick looked good, lost 40 pounds and is, in the big picture - looking healthy again.Thanks Rick for another wonderful night!

Thu May 14 09:57:22 MET DST 1998


From: Il

I think it is very cool that enough people are into the Band like me that there is such a site to go to

Thu May 14 03:44:42 MET DST 1998

Charlie Young

From: Down in Old Virginny

Someone here must know the answer to this: the great piano intro Garth plays on "Ain't Got No Home" was re-created note-for-note on a track called "Pinetop" on the early '80s album called "Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack." What I want to know is whether this was a Pinetop Perkins riff or did Dr. John just borrow the bit from Garth?

Thu May 14 02:13:39 MET DST 1998


From: penna

Little John: for a paragraph type <p> then hit enter.

Thu May 14 02:06:07 MET DST 1998


From: Philadelphia

To Paul Clayton - The connections between "Seinfeld" and The Band are slim. Other than the old Kevin Bacon game (Levon worked with Tommy Lee Jones in Coal Miner's Daughter, who worked with Wayne Knight in JFK who is Newman on Seinfeld), I have one.

Jason Alexander was a guest on David Letterman the same night as when Michelle Shocked played with Garth and Levon. I remember this well beacuse when the show came back from commercial and Paul Shaffer's band (with Garth accompanying them on accordian) stopped playing Jason turned towards Letterman and said with a note of amazement, "Rock Accordian".

Thu May 14 01:30:54 MET DST 1998


From: long island

Garth Hudson is such a gifted pianist. I have never seen a musician play the keyboard the way Garth does.Just watch his hands on the levon Helm drum vidieo from homespun tapes when they play Short Fat Fanny He plays with his thumbs very close together almost like a duck walks thats the cloesest way i can describe his style of playing most pianist play the opposit way its realy amazing Ive often wondered how much time he must play each day to keep to keep his chops up to par. Maybe someday thell be another pianist that plays the way Mr Hudson does but it seems unlikley it will be in my lifetime.

Thu May 14 01:16:10 MET DST 1998


From: Philadelphia

Thanks to Peter Viney and his review of the Brown Album/VH-1 Classics. I don't want to nitpick but Peter states the following

"Jonathin Taplin & Robbie recount The Winterland incident (Jon calls it 'Robbie's psychosomatic malaise' while Robbie calls it 'the bug)"

I've only seen the version on VH-1, but I remember that it was John Simon who mentioned that "psychsomatic bug" that RR got before the Winterland gig. The reason I remember this so well was the sarcastic sneer that Simon had on his face when he said it. Me thinks that Mr. Simon finds RR to be a little full of it.

Something else, that I remember from RR's recount of that event, he seems little embarassed in talking about the "bug" until he mentions that it made "great copy". Ah, the makings of the Carny man.

Thanks to Jan for posting the great pictures from the Jawbone magazine.

One final note to Mr Viney. You have shown you obvious passion and insight to The Band on many occassions. You do seem to be sensitive to anti-British sentiment (I'm not refering to Mr. Amused "limey" comment, I don't know what the hell a limey is, but to your tangent in your article on Shootout in Chinatown about the representation of the British in the Titantic movie, it seemed a little out of place). However, with that said, I really appreciate your contirbutions to this site. Please continue, I have benefited greatly. Thanks.

Thu May 14 01:04:16 MET DST 1998

Little John Tyler

From: The House Next Door

Sorry for the lack of new paragraph spacing in the previous post -- can anyone tell me how to do that for future reference? And sometning I've been wanting to mention for weeks now: Donabie, don't stoop to his level. You're better than that.

John, I took the liberty of inserting paragraphs in your entry. --JH

Thu May 14 00:55:44 MET DST 1998

Litttle John Tyler

From: The House Next Door

Jon Lyness, thanks for the great review of Garth Hudson's performance Saturday with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Here are excerpts from an interview Garth gave to the weekly newspaper, Woodstock Times, which was published 5/7/98, two days before the show:

A long-time Woodstocker, Hudson plans to play "Some stuff...I guess you could call it 'Music from Dad's Attic,' the kind of songs you might find in the sheet music you'd dig out of a trunk up in your parents' attic, that you'd go through on a rainy day without telling your parents about it."

Hudson has a couple of trunks like that -- not necessarily full of sheet music he says, but full of things that meant something to his parents. And he's always collected sheet music, and not always for the songs. "I'll pick it up if I like the artwork, sometimes," he says. "And I'll always pick it up if it's got the name of a state in the song, like the "Missouri Waltz,' or if it's a national song for America or Canada, or if it's about the Second World War, like 'G.I. Jive' -- I've got two copies of that. I like Hawaiian songs, like 'I want to Go Back To My Little Grass Shack.' And I like anything by Stephen Foster."

A songbook Hudson particularly prizes is his parents' copy of "Canada Sings" His mother used to play and sing from it. She played the piano by ear, and sang; some of her favorite tunes, Hudson recalls, were "Deep River", Mighty Lak a Rose", and "The Wedding of the Painted Doll."

His father played the C-Melody saxophone and flute in dance bands. Swing bands? "No, even earlier than swing," Hudson says with a chuckle. His voice swells with warmth as he remembers them, and the music of the earlier decades which is part of his memory.

"Those old songs have always been a part of me," he says, "and those old musical styles, like Paul Whiteman. Since the early days with The Band, I've used fills that I took from old hymns, and songs in "Canada Sings."

Hudson's favorites among the classical composers include Bach, Chopin and Mozart. He started out studying the classical repertoire for the piano, and believes that any keyboard player should get classical training "for as long as you can stick it out. Playing the keyboards is a very competitive business and if you're going to be in it, you should be able to read and transcribe. If you're improvising and come up with a good idea in the middle of a solo, it's great if you can go back and write it down, and maybe do some more work with it. Lately I've been transcribing a lot of accordion parts in polkas."

Polkas? "Yeah, I've been really into that," Hudson says. "I've been talking a lot with (Hudson valley resident and Grammy winner) Jimmy Sturr about playing with him. He's asked me to record with him. I'd love to sit in with his band, sometime. I've promised him I wouldn't get in the way ... he wouldn't even have to turn me up."

Hudson won't reveal exactly what he plans to play with the Philharmonic this Saturday, but he does hint that he's been listening to Romanian folk songs, like "In The Shadow Of The Old Nut Tree," and "Back to Bucharest," and that they might well show up in his encore.

Thu May 14 00:19:35 MET DST 1998

Jon Lyness

From: New York City

Garth Hudson with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic
Studley Theatre, New Paltz, NY
May 9, 1998

I had to take the bus upstate to New Paltz (1.5 hrs each way through thunderstorms, plus walking/sloshing to and from the concert hall), and was accompanied by a friend who doesn't know the Band at all -- I confess that I started to get a bit nervous that it might not be worth the trek. I've only seen Garth twice before (NYC July 4, 1996, and Carnegie Hall '97). Both times, he seemed rather restrained to me, at least compared to his performances on live tracks from the 70s or his studio tracks in the 90s. It also wasn't clear whether he would be "solo" with the orchestra, or whether he would be backing up other people. So, something of a gamble. (Incidentally, just before the show started, I noticed a couple talking to someone in front of me, and then leaving to take their seats -- it turned out to be Aaron Hurwitz (sans glasses, which threw me at first) and Marie Spinosa!)

This was one fantastic concert. It turned out that Garth did indeed play his own set with the orchestra; he was the first of the three performers to do so. After the opening act and a brief intermission, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic took their places on stage, the conductor gave a brief introduction, and Garth took the stage. He had on his trademark hat, and a huge saxophone strapped to his back. As people applauded, he tried to figure out how to get through the seated musicians to the piano behind them, and after a bit of stumbling around made it through. The conductor announced that Garth's set would be a medley of jazz tunes from the 1920s and 1930s; here's the setlist from the printed programs (since these were not introduced, and had no vocals, I can't tell you if this is actually what was played or not):

- Dardanella
- Back to Mandalay
- Where Have All the Girls Gone
- Back to Bucharest
- The Shade of the Old Nut Tree
- Caravan [not the one from Last Waltz]

Garth's first few minutes on stage were extremely amusing. He began with a few notes on the piano, but was clearly distracted -- he was searching for certain sheet music, going through piles of paper looking for it. Finally he stopped playing altogether to ruffle through the paper, seeming not to notice that everyone was watching, and people began to (good-naturedly) laugh -- in this context, Garth quite looked like the classic "absent-minded professor". Then he finally seemed to find what he was looking for -- put the pages in front of him -- stared at them -- long pause -- and took out a colossal magnifying glass, put it in front of the pages, and peered way in at them! It brought the house down with laughter -- the conductor almost fell off the stage from laughing so hard.

Finally he really got going, and it was just mesmerizing. Imagine a 10-12-minute "Genetic Method" of jazz tunes on the piano, supported now and then by an orchestra. His playing was fantastic and riveting to watch, very bouncy and quirky, much in the spirit of those "Genetic Method" performances we're familiar with. When the philharmonic would join in, they complemented his playing beautifully -- I was really curious to what degree Garth had been responsible for the arrangements. For the first few minutes he seemed a bit nervous -- he seemed initially to be going out of his way to defer to the conductor, even shaking the conductor's hand after finishing the first short piece -- but as he got going he really seemed to start enjoying himself (judging not from his face, but from the playfulness of his music). A few times, Garth stopped playing to mutter something to the conductor, as when he did a long stretch of unaccompanied piano, then stopped, joked "couldn't get out of that one" to the conductor, and started a completely different tune.

After the piano, he switched to the accordian for about 10 minutes. He did some long, slow "washes" of sound on the accordian, swaying with the instrument. I enjoyed this part, but would say that this instrument was the least able to integrate with the philharmonic sound of the 3 he played. For most of this segment, the other musicians just watched him play, seemingly just as curious as the rest of the audience as to what exactly Garth was up to. (The songs by Kate Pierson and John Hall, the other 2 main performers that night, seemed much more tightly scripted and used the philharmonic throughout. With Garth's set, there were long stretches of him playing solo, with the philharmonic presumably waiting for certain cues to join in again.)

The last instrument he played was the saxophone, with the horn section of the philharmonic really "out in front" in sound. I think this final section was about 8-10 minutes, and I believe he was accompanied by the philharmonic the entire time. Very reminiscent of his rich saxophone arrangements and warm sound on "Back to Memphis" (High on the Hog version), with a tune that sounded somewhat like "Blues Stay Away From Me". Beautiful. This was a long jam that provided a deeply satisfying ending. (Garth did later come back on stage for the encore with Kate Pierson and John Hall, but was much more in his sideman role for their song, hunched over keyboards in the back.)

To me, it was a special night because it felt like Garth's personality really came out, in a way that it hasn't at the Band shows I've seen -- through his choice of such eclectic music, through his funny, quirky "in his own world" manner on stage, and through his incredible playing. Great show!


Wed May 13 23:41:36 MET DST 1998


From: Long Island, NY

Saw Levon Helm at Imac with the Crowmatics. The man is sick. He is in BAD shape. I been at many shows over the last 30 years and I was extremely upset over his health!! If anyone would like to comment or response, plese do!!!!

Wed May 13 20:14:46 MET DST 1998


From: Wrong Island N.Y.

Hi, Going to see Rick tonight @ the Brokerage. Anyone else going? See you there..

Wed May 13 19:49:35 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

For those of you who are interested: There is a great picture of Robbie Robertson, Martin Scorcese and VH-1 President John Sykes in the new issue of Billboard Magazine. The caption read that they had just finished filming an interview to be shown as part of VH-1 celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Last Waltz coming soon.

Wed May 13 19:17:20 MET DST 1998


From: san francisco

hi folks, does anyone know of any band or band related gigs coming up in the bay area? i last saw rick danko in manhattan at the bottom line almost two years ago...way too long a hiatus....

Wed May 13 17:25:03 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Billboard online has a review of the first live performance of selections from the "Largo" album at The Bottom Line on May 6th. The site can be found at:

The reviewer mentions that Garth "mumbled and fidgeted" during his performance of his version of the "Largo" theme. However the review praises both the recorded & live versions of the project for being "most charming for its lack of pomp and pretension...just hooky pop tunes and warm arena ballads delivered in a ramshackle fashio reminiscent of the early Band albums." High praise indeed.

Wed May 13 12:17:50 MET DST 1998

Mr Amused

Donabie, thank you for acknowledging that Thought and Philosophy go together. I am sure that since Mr. Samsa pointed that out to you, you feel bad about criticizing me for having called you a philosopher. You should have been gratified. But then perhaps you just didn't 'think' hard enough. Thank you also for promising not to come on as " Mr ShowBiz". I am not jealous; beating one's gums for a living is not enviable to me.. I promise not to address you anymore. Do the same for me.

Wed May 13 06:59:27 MET DST 1998

Mike Nomad

From: Smooth Rock Falls, Ont.

Thanx to Lars for the Crowmatix/Bodle's note. As one who drives "down the highway" thru upstate N.Y. from time to time (ti visit family in Conn.), I for one sure wouldn't mind an advance posting of band dates from time to time. Thnx again.

Wed May 13 03:50:45 MET DST 1998



This question may be totally from "left field" but here it goes... Back in the '70s on American network television, you would occasionally see animated shorts as background for various pop music. These would usually show up on variety shows like "Sonny & Cher" etc. I distinctly remember an animated short for Jim Croce's "Bad Leroy Brown;" however, I also have a vague memory of seeing a similar production for The Band's "Daniel and The Sacred Harp" (off "StageFright, of course). Could someone help clarify for me if this is a bogus memory (heck, I was only in my teens at the time and I really did not know who The Band was back then) or did this really happen? As if you have not heard this before; I really enjoy this website.

Tue May 12 23:29:36 MET DST 1998

Paul Clayton

From: Sailin' & Wailin'
Home page: www.kissmya/s/

John from Penn sure put ME in my place! Maybe he needs some Serenity,Now!

Tue May 12 23:16:19 MET DST 1998


From: Upstate NY

I'm looking forward to the Crowmatix at Bodle's in Chester, NY, 7/10. Bodle's is a good venue with an intimate setting, no smoking, and large, cold beers. Everyone has a seat, everyone can see the act. Congrats to John Stein of Bodle's for booking Levon and the Crowmatix. Hope the night goes as well as Danko's show there this past winter.

On a different note, John of Penn: your posts are usually interesting, that last one was not one of your better ones. I guess you've got your reasons, but I don't know why you were so rough on Mr. Clayton. I myself don't watch tv, I've never seen Seinfeld, I guess I just don't get it.

Tue May 12 18:27:56 MET DST 1998


From: penna

paul clayton-steinfeld. Lets see. Band/Steinfeld? I got it,they're both based in new york state. Yeah thats it!

Get a life. Then maybe you will have a clue. A show about losers for losers.

Tue May 12 18:27:11 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

Hereís a new album for anyone feeling the need for Band releases. The details are elsewhere on the site, and itís called LARGO. You get Levon in great vocal form on ĎGimme A StoneĒ and an outstanding version of the title track, Dvorakís ďLargoĒ, called ďGarthís LargoĒ by Garth Hudson. The line up is basically The Hooters plus Cyndi Lauper, Taj Mahal, Joan Osborne, The Chieftains, Carol King. Several versions of Dvorakís ĎLargoí from the New World Symphony link the basic songs. Outstanding for me is Taj doing Taj on ďFreedom RideĒ, Cyndi Lauper doing backing vocals (very much in Music For The Native Americans style) on ďCyrus in The Moonlight,Ē Lauper again on lead vocal for ďWhite Manís MelodyĒ, Taj again on ďBanjomanĒ. Great songs. Great arrangements. Great playing. And Levon and Garth. It was well-reviewed by Andy Gill in ďThe IndependentĒ on Friday May 8th for UK readers. Itís even got a good sleeve.

Tue May 12 15:21:18 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Regarding my "free speech" posting from yesterday---The quotes are self explanatory & require no clarification, however I would emphasize that my position is one of an advocate of the free exchange of information & ideas not insults.

I, like the majority who visit this guestbook, share a passion for music. We are deeply indebted to Jan for all the hard work that allows us to share this passion through the exchange of information & ideas. Although I can only speak for myself, I thoroughly enjoy seeing the insightful comments, reviews, articles, pictures etc. posted here from all over the world. It gives me a good feeling & restores my faith in the inherent power of music when so many people from diverse backgrounds share this passion. I enjoy learning something new each time I visit & occasionally, in return, I try to share that experience & give something back in return.

Tue May 12 14:25:33 MET DST 1998

Paul Clayton

This being Seinfeld hype week, I thought it might be fun if we could come up with Seinfeld-Band connections. Are there any?

Tue May 12 05:55:30 MET DST 1998

Big Jim

From: Louisville, OH

I just watched Robbie on SNL tonight. His performance of "THE WEIGHT" with Neville, Hornsby, and G.E. Smith was excellent.

Tue May 12 04:30:31 MET DST 1998

John Donabie

From: Toronto

Gregor Samsa writes: Descartes said: " Cogito, ergo sum ". Thought processes or patterns and philosophy go hand in hand Mr Donabie. Wonder if David Powell's last entry was in support of Mr Amused or yourself. Methinks of the former.

Taking it at face value I would agree with you Gregor. I am the last person in the world to try and curb "free speech." I may be wrong; but I got the feeling that you didn't think I believed in free speech. If that's what you meant, you are mistaken my friend. I think that people should stimulate and provoke on occasion. If we did would be boring and we would be like a bunch of robots hammering widgets.

After saying that, I also believe that to berate, insult and use words like "limey" are not necessary. Maybe I'm too sensitive. It's like the old cliche, "I uphold your right to free speech; but if you yell fire in a movie house then....."

This site however; is not a movie house. It is Jan's house and he makes the rules here.

I come to this site for one reason and for one reason only. My love of music and that of The Band. Amused says that I rub shoulders with greats and near greats and that gives me class. Bull. Emotional imature poppycock! Doing my job for 30 plus years has nothing to do with class. Having a wonderful family and good friends are what is important to me. I have hesitated to say the following to Amused; because it will only open a new can of worms. I notice that when he attacks; it's usually after I mention doing an interview or something related to my work. It shows a jealous passion from Amused. There is no other explanation

However amused through his words has made me pause to think and I think that is good. I will continue to visit this site and share opinions from time to time. Anything related to what I do for a living will stop. Not because amused has tormented me on that point; because I believe he is tormented by it.

" Cogito, ergo sum " You may be right Gregor. I do believe I am philosophizing tonight. Yeh I think your right.

Tue May 12 03:37:56 MET DST 1998



Glad to have finally found like minded friends who I'm sure love these guys like I do

Tue May 12 00:13:48 MET DST 1998

Gregor Samsa

Sorry Mr Donabie, I meant David's first entry today May 11. The one from 15:51.41 . By the way.. any comments on Mr.Rene quote ??

Mon May 11 23:39:33 MET DST 1998


From: toronto

Well Gregor, I've read your posting a few times and wonder if we both read David's piece. I don't think he's looking for support from anyone I believe he was just trying to explain himself to those who did not understand what he was trying to say. If you find something between the lines of David's piece; be my guest.

Mon May 11 23:08:03 MET DST 1998

Gregor Samsa

Descartes said: " Cogito, ergo sum ". Thought processes or patterns and philosophy go hand in hand Mr Donabie. Wonder if David Powell's last entry was in support of Mr Amused or yourself. Methinks of the former.

Mon May 11 22:50:33 MET DST 1998

Jon Lyness

From: New York City

I saw Garth with the Philharmonic Saturday night -- anyone else? Rode a bus 1.5 hrs in the (still ongoing!) rain to get there, but it was worth it. Garth's part was too short, but absolutely riveting. I will try to post a full review in the next day or so, when I'll hopefully have a little more time. Hope folks around the U.S. are okay through all this rotten weather!

Mon May 11 20:20:44 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

There is a repeat of Robbie Robertson's performance on Sat. Night Live tonight at midnight (Comedy Central).

Jan- Thanks for everything!

Mon May 11 18:08:42 MET DST 1998

john donabie

Thank you Carole for your kind words.

Mon May 11 18:05:55 MET DST 1998


From: toronto

Careful David

Amused may accuse you of actually having a thought pattern. You know he doesn't like those who can actually put words together; without slamming the hell out of someone. Good piece David.

Mon May 11 18:04:50 MET DST 1998


From: Boston

John Donabie, Please don't let the crap get to you. I enjoy your posts, learn from them, and get to thinking from them.... I would hate to see your thoughts curtailed or ceased because of constant dogging. One of your thoughts last week, about romanticizing a geographical area's music, caused me to have a Canada fest this weekend, trying to find what essence of Canadian music particularly draws me. I can only say..... 4 out of 5 Band members, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Ashley MacIsaac, Jane Siberry, Colin James, Bruck Cockburn, Daniel Lanois, Blue Rodeo, Sara McLaghlan, Jeff Healy, the McGarrigle sisters, Blue Monday, Me"shell Ndegeocello, NEIL YOUNG and many more..... wow! What a heritage! Thanks JD, it was a great starting thought.

Mon May 11 18:01:18 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Regarding my May 7th posting relating to Levon. My comment was posed as a question of concern, not as an expression of criticism. As I stated, I have not seen Levon perform recently, however I have read several comments posted here of late regarding the condition of his voice. This would seem to indicate a long term problem--or maybe not. I was hoping someone would let me know.

I was not trying to start a debate on the detrimental effects of years of vocal strain combined with smoking, though some would refute the medical evidence. Unlike others who usually limit their comments here to criticizing what others have to say, I comment on the music & the performance. I would not waste my time on matters that don't mean anything to me. I love the music of The Band & its members, Levon in particular. He has one of the truly great voices in rock & possesses a great deal of God given talent. However, the voice, like any instrument, requires care & maintenance. The more you use it, the more care it requires.

As I said, my comment was one of concern. I was seeking an exchange of ideas regarding this; actually I was hoping someone would write in & say they've seen Levon perform recently or spoken with him & his voice seemed fine & strong.

Mon May 11 17:56:20 MET DST 1998


From: toronto

Just thought I would mention that if you are one of those people who have a Laser Disc Machine, (I don't) The Classic Band is now available. I saw it Saturday at HMV records. VCR edition still May 19th.

Mon May 11 15:51:41 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

"What hath God wrought?"---(Samuel Morse's first telegraph message sent from Washington to Baltimore in 1844)

"Is it a fact...that by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time. Rather, the rough globe is a vast head, a brain, instinct with intelligence!---(Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1851, from _The House of Seven Gables_)

"...the fact that sociey may find speech offensive is not sufficient reason for suppressing it. Indeed, if it is the speaker's opinion that gives offense, that consequence is a reason for according it constitutional protection."---(U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stevens in FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, 438 U.S. 726 (1978))

"The near instantaneous possibilities for dissemination of information by millions of different information providers around the world to those with access to computers and thus to the Internet have created ever-increasing opportunities for the exchange of information and ideas in "cyberspace".---(U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman in Blumenthal v. Drudge and American Online, Inc., 4/22/98)

Mon May 11 13:36:26 MET DST 1998


i'm kinda surprised that jan would cite observations of the condition levon's voice as being potentially offensive. objective reporting would seem to be an essential element here...

so how was garth's symphonic encounter?

Mon May 11 08:12:26 MET DST 1998

Reinhard Holstein

From: Germany
Home page:

Although I have been visiting this marvellous site quite frequently over the last year, this is my first entry to the guestbook. I have seen that Rhino has two The Band videos on schedule for May 19. One is simply called the Band and the other one is called "Box Set", containing both audio and video material. does anybody has any idea what that is going to be? I am really happy that The Band has such a great website!!

Mon May 11 03:14:52 MET DST 1998

Noah Geberer

From: Brooklyn, NY

I was driving around tonight in soggy NYC playing with the dials on the radio and came across Purple Rain by Prince from a while back. I was struck by the similarity of the structure and chord progression to the Band's It Makes No Difference. Let the good times roll.

Mon May 11 01:24:41 MET DST 1998


From: new jersey, USA

I would appreciate anyone with information about the Levon concert on 6/20 in Mt. Tabor, NJ to contact me by e-mail or post in the guestbook. I searched for a while on the web without any luck.

Mon May 11 00:14:49 MET DST 1998


From: Decatur NY + Paramus NJ

I forgot to mention in my Levon concert review last week, that after the show a friend of mine asked a stagehand for Levon's drumsticks, he ran backstage and a minute later presented them to her. They had his signature printed on 1 stick... boy was I jealous. Anyway, I would like to thank several individuals for sending me positive email regarding my last entry. Wow - polite and thoughtful feedback. I hope this starts a trend !!!

Sun May 10 23:06:42 MET DST 1998

Nick Tovo

From: Newark, De.

I wasn't really offended by the comments about Levon's voice, I just did'nt express myself correctly. I will now take a different tact. Helm and Danko has been touring consistently since 1960 and except for someone like maybe Gatemouth Brown (or another old bluesman) or the Dead have played as many as anyone. It's amazing really, I mean their in their mid-fifties. So its not suprising to hear of laryngitis cropping up or of Levon and Rick losing something off their fastball. Its a natural progression in life. It is true that it has probably been exacerbated by hard living but I think its important to appreciate their present and past accomplishments and not dwell on negatives. It's obvious that most fans do but sometimes we all have a tendency to forget and maybe expect too much. Anyway I fully expect The Bands next effort to be another great one but let's face it over the course another grueling year of touring there's bound to be some off nights. Here's to Levon, Rick and Garth's almost 40 YEARS of playing together! That folks may be a record.

Sun May 10 22:53:23 MET DST 1998

Travis McBride

From: Ireland
Home page

When I first connected to the net my first impulse was to create a web site dedicated to the Band, unfortunately you got there first, but I have to say this is a brilliant site, about as indepth and exhaustive as a fan could want, even the ongoing argument in this guest-book seems strangely appropriate, keep it up.

Sun May 10 16:44:02 MET DST 1998

Serge Daniloff

J. Donabie I don't know who you are or care. But if you're confusing me with someone who has a problem with you, and who may be from Ontario that's your hassle. I bowed out of this mutual admiration society long ago and I intend to stay that way.

Sun May 10 15:43:51 MET DST 1998


From: The Woods

John Donabie: I've enjoyed your posts, I don't know why Amused has a problem with them (and what difference does it make if that yahoo doesn't like you? Consider it a compliment, then ignore him). But I doubt if this guy is writing out of London, Ontario (like you've been inferring), Serge has more class than that. Serge may have been hard on people at times in some of his entries, but he never backed away from a fight. Serge has too much courage to be Amused.

I wish people could argue a point in the guestbook without going overboard and becoming abusive. Amused DOES stir things up, and I think that's good, but he's too immature to offer criticism without becoming emotional and offensive.

In closing, I have to admit that I haven't been totally honest about my identity. I use my real name in other entries, but hide behind the name "Butch" in these postings (maybe I chose "Butch" because of the high regard I have for Butch Dener, manager of the Band). I don't want to be a coward like Amused, so I'm going to stop this charade. I'll just use my real name and my real e-mail address from now on (except I still reserve the right to come on as Gen. John Wayne and address the troops when the battle smoke has thickened).

Sun May 10 14:59:51 MET DST 1998

Norman Paperman

From: Kinja


Might I suggest The Band's sole tribute to all the Mother's out there- "Crazy Mama".

Sun May 10 13:17:59 MET DST 1998


From: New York

Sorry to interrupt all these personal attacks, but just thought it would be nice to wish all the other mother's out there a "Happy Mother's Day". Be good to yourselves today, kick back, and crank up The Band. It doesn't get any better than that. And now back to our feature presentation..............................

Sun May 10 12:07:52 MET DST 1998


From: Toronto

Amused: Let's see. Your all for free speech. Yet; if I come on with some info or a thought, it seems to really bother you. Because your a afraid to go by your real name...that makes it alright? Recently as I have read your entries, I was beginning to give you the benefit of the doubt. Shame on me. I guess what your saying is...if you are in the music business...stay off the site. You may be right. I'll think about it Ser..I mean amused.

Sun May 10 05:44:55 MET DST 1998


From: THE Dark

Hey Amused! See the moon?

Sun May 10 05:22:22 MET DST 1998


Sorry Donabie, that's one "thought pattern" I cannot follow. The only distinguishing thought pattern that you seem to have is to stay in the public eye. To be heard or to be read. To rub shoulders with the great and near-great..That gives you class.

Sun May 10 04:42:45 MET DST 1998

john donabie

From: toronto

To have a thought pattern is being a philosopher? Really Amused. That's even a stretch for you. I think I'll just stay out of London Ontario.

Sun May 10 00:33:10 MET DST 1998


From: Decatur, NY

I hope I have not offended anyone with my Levon review or reply to another comment about his voice. I thought and still think it was worth noting, and I really do not understand how someone could be insulted by a concert review or commentary on the condition of his voice...

Sun May 10 00:19:12 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: SkokieUSA

I thought everyone might like to know that I'm involved in a musical tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band on May 23 at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn Illinois, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road. That's the same place Danko played when he came through town a couple of months ago. It includes three local singers who love the Band and sound a lot like the boys backed by a bunch of fine musicians. I'm certainly looking forward to it albeit with a certain ammount of trepidation. Communicate privately if you'd like more info (set list, musicians, etc) or call the hall at 708-788-2118. Believe me, it's a one time only. It's been like going to school.

Sat May 9 23:30:39 MET DST 1998


Hey Jan, I'm with YOU too..along with Donabie the "musicologist" and now "philosopher". Also Jan, with all due respect, remember that some Web providers cover pretty large areas. You can never be sure by just tracking an IP. Toronto for instance is a huge area. Donabie could be posing as Munson, and vice versa.. :)) Wouldn't that be a riot!? And I could be Pierre Trudeau. But I know you would never betray a steady customer. :)

Sat May 9 22:53:57 MET DST 1998



Hey Jan....We're With YOU!

Sat May 9 22:49:45 MET DST 1998

Jan Høiberg

From: Halden, Norway
Home page:

  1. This guestbook is a totally open forum on the net. If it gets out of hand I'll close it, but I really don't want to censor it (even though I've had to do it a time or two in the past). The four-letter words, the "amusing" entries, and the talk about Levon's voice that we've had here lately, may be offensive to some, and we sure could do without it. But in a forum like this we either have to live with it or say goodbye to the whole guestbook. If you take a look at what goes on in e.g. Usenet newsgroups, this place here is like a Sunday school. Some idiot screaming "f**k you" every now and then don't bother me after all the noise I've seen over the last decade and a half spent on the net.
  2. About tracking people down: I log your IP address, access time, and server request every time you look at a file or start a script on the site. So, I know where you come from, and if you are a regular visitor here I'll know who you are even if you post under another name. It' kind of fun (and some times surprising) to find out who is hiding behind the nicknames and the big words... To track down a random visitor requires a little more work, and the cooperation of your local ISP. It can be done, though. The last time we did this was when the site was wiped out by a cracker two years ago.

Sat May 9 22:07:22 MET DST 1998


From: toronto

Got a call from Vancouver and I hear Dylan is on the way. I'm not sure if Van the Man and Joni Mitchell join him on that date.

Sat May 9 21:23:01 MET DST 1998


Hello. I've been reading this guestbook for a while and have always been impressed with everyone's knowledge of the Band. One piece of information has always escaped, though, no matter who I ask. I figure that this is the best place to get the answer I want. Does anyone know how to play the guitar solo at the of King Harvest? If so pleases e-mail me. Thanks.

Sat May 9 19:37:08 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

Ben Pike: I am expecting a thorough entry from you regarding Dylan on May 22-23 in LA, OK?

Sat May 9 19:21:13 MET DST 1998


From: Toronto

Just a comment after reading comments about who should be on the site and who should not.

THIS IS JAN'S SITE (HOUSE). He has invested the money...pays the mortgage and does the housekeeping. Some may feel he does not take out the garbage.


Jan has now told us that he knows everyone on the site; ( his house) even if one is anonymous.

My point. If you go to a house party and one or two of the guests gets out of hand and insults and demeans other guests and the host allows it...I guess it's up to the guest(s) to leave if the behaviour bothers us. It doesn't appear to bother the host and I think that's the bottom line.

The written word can be cold; therefore let me point out this is no slur on Jan; who does an excellent job; with what I consider, just about the finest web site there is. As a homeowner it just seems to make sense to me.

Sat May 9 17:59:23 MET DST 1998


From: Phoenix

Very very bad dream last night. All the boys OK?


Sat May 9 17:48:18 MET DST 1998

Kevin Hodel

From: Samsonville, New York

It's great to see JIMMY WEIDER branching out and doing his work with the HONKY TONK GURUS. I've listened extensively to the album, BIGFOOT, and find myself in awe of his guitar. The entire album is spectacular. I've also been fortunate enough to see "The Gurus" live;they play most of BIGFOOT. What a show! For me, it's very hard to choose a favorite song off this intense album but I guess my heart goes out to the late great Stan Szelest and the awesome "Deep Feeling." The songs Jimmy wrote are amongst the best on the album, and that says a lot if you listen to "Many Rivers to Cross." Keep on watching the river flow! Kevin.

Sat May 9 05:55:36 MET DST 1998



With all due respect to you Jan, the recent put-downs on the "BAND" page don't make sense. Your allowing one idiot to tease the site. Just exercise a little computer power and make it right. Zap those obnoxious ones.

Sat May 9 05:27:32 MET DST 1998

Nick Tovo

From: Newark, De

David, For some one who professes so much love about the band i'm suprised to hear you rip Levon. The guy has been touring and singing for 30 years and you still can't give him a break. What more do you want? He's allowed to be sick whenever he wants.

Sat May 9 04:11:27 MET DST 1998


From: Decatur, NY

I hope David is incorrect about Levons voice. When I saw him last week his vocal ability was poor. I wonder if it was a temporary dilema or smoking has taken a toll. Interesting question....

Sat May 9 04:04:51 MET DST 1998


From: Down yonder Memphis way today


I'd be glad to contribut for Mr. Lee. Indeed a little bit of true insight would be apleasure to my eyes, and ears indeed. E-mail me privately with an address.

Peter: Thanks again you ole limey you! ;-)

Peace, Luis

Sat May 9 03:59:27 MET DST 1998


From: Decatur, NY

I think obscene language provides an insight to someones lack of any class. Show some respect for this website !!!!!

Sat May 9 02:59:50 MET DST 1998

Little Joh Tyler

From: The House next Door

This article is excerpted from the Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal about Garth Hudson's guest appearance at tomorrow night's (May 9) Hudson Valley Philharmonic concert:

"Combine a rock'n'roll loving conductor, three career musicians from the far corners of the rock and pop worlds and a 30-piece orchestra and what do you have? "The recipe for one of the most eclectic nights of music ever to hit the Hudson Valley.

"Randall Craig Fleischer and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic will team with John Hall of Orleans, Kate Pierson of the B-52s AND GARTH HUDSON OF THE BAND for the fifth annual New Wave concert Saturday at 8pm at ...the SUNY New Paltz campus.

"...All three artists will perform individual sets, concluding with a group jam session on a John and Johanna hall song, "Reach." "Plan to hear Orleans tunes from Hall; a few B-52s classics, an aria and a Johnny Mercer song from Pierson, AND 1920s STANDARDS FROM HUDSON, INCLUDING DUKE ELLINGTON'S "CARAVAN."

"....Not only did Fleischer pick these three outstanding artisits because of their close connections and contributions to the community (all are Ulster County residents) -- all three are again making waves in the music scene. "Pierson is set to launch a tour with fellow B-52s... Hall plays local and regional shows in support of his latest effort... HUDSON CONTINUES TO PEN AND RECORD NEW MATERIAL FOR HIS SOLO CAREER."

Sat May 9 02:32:34 MET DST 1998

Blind Willie McTell

From: Toronto

To Shannon from Fenelon Falls,

The Band is desert island stuff, once you understand the great music, this web site makes perfect sense.

Fri May 8 23:36:26 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

Oops. I messed up. The name of the Jesse Ed Davis album with "Strawberry Wine" on it is Ululu not Ulula. Sorry.

Fri May 8 23:20:05 MET DST 1998

Jan Hoiberg

From: Halden, Norway

Just received my copy of the latest issue of Lee Gabites' The Band fanzine Jawbone. This is probably the best issue so far, with interesting articles and great new, previously unpublished photos. The color cover photo from the '96 Carnegie Hall gig is by itself reason enough to get a copy. Lee does a great job with Jawbone. There's an incredible amount of hard work behind his non-profit publication.

Lee was kind enough to send me the originals for most of the photos used in Jawbone, for inclusion on this web site. They will be added in a few days. Watch out for e.g. a recent picture of Levon with the "original" Anna Lee from Arkansas and other good shots by Mr. Lembesis. I have also been allowed me to use whatever I like of the articles from the fanzine, e.g. Peter Viney's thoughts on "Dixie" and details about new Band-related CDs.

Lee is not (yet) on the net. Maybe we should raise a little money to finance a computer and an ISDN line for him. It sure would be nice to have him as a regular visitor to the site.

Fri May 8 23:17:11 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

"Let The Good Times Roll" with Robbie and Cassandra was on the Jimmy Hollywood soundtrack.

Thoughtscape Sounds(1-800-435-6185) has some good hard-to-find compact discs if anyone is interested. I just got a copy of Jesse "Ed" Davis' Ulula record. Great cover of "Strawberry Wine". Have a nice weekend!

Fri May 8 22:26:34 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

A footnote to the "best horn men in NYC"---trumpet player Snooky Young from _Rock of Ages_also played on Ray Charles' version of "Let the Good Times Roll." As Peter Viney pointed out in his article about Brother Ray's influence on The Band, Muddy Waters later recorded this song on his Woodstock album and Robbie & Cassandra Wilson performed it on _The King of Comedy_ soundtrack.

Fri May 8 21:04:36 MET DST 1998

Jonathan Katz

From: Columbia, MD

I was driving to work this morning - late as usual, and thinking about how I was going to explain missing a meeting, and how I was going to reschedule, and where I would get off the highway to find gasoline that would not take me too far out of my way and make me even later, and so on. And I was not listening too intently on the offerings on my now favorite radio station WRNR 103.1. As one cut ended and the next began with the sound of applause I heard an audience member yell out "Happy New Year." And I immediately recognized the upcoming cut was "Don't Do It" from "Rock Of Ages." The stress and anxiety instantly vanished as Robbie went into the introduction for "the best horn men in NYC." By the time Levon started singing I didn't have one concern - except where to stop for gasoline so that the song wouldn't be interrupted! This station, if you can get it has good programming - and somebody there makes sure The Band is represented periodically. check it out if you can.

Fri May 8 19:36:55 MET DST 1998

Gen. John Wayne

From: Back at hq, sitting behind my desk

GEN WAYNE: Have a seat, padre.
CHAPLAIN: I help you, General?
GEN WAYNE: Padre, do you know how many wars I've fought in, not counting the Alamo?
GEN WAYNE: A LOT.........but I've never seen anything like this one. Mr Amused has beaten me every time I engage him, and do you know why?
CHAPLAIN: ah...No sir.
GEN WAYNE: Because he's RIGHT!!! He's fighting on the side of truth, justice, and the American Way. All we're fighting for is for people to be more polite to each other in the guestbook. We need a moral purpose here , Padre. Something for our troops to believe in.
CHAPLAIN: about ridding the NATO country's of bad music?
GEN WAYNE: NAH.......Something bigger.
CHAPLAIN: hmmmmm.
GEN WAYNE: We'll free the basement tapes.
CHAPLAIN: That's already been done, sir.
GEN WAYNE: Harumph.......How about we leak the news that Mr Amused has stolen the DATs of the latest Band album........
CHAPLAIN: Oh my, you mean LIE?
GEN WAYNE: ...and he won't free them until Garth sings a rap song on WPDH? Wouldn't people be up in arms?
CHAPLAIN: The station would be beseiged.
GEN WAYNE: No, I mean at Mr Amused. I want to turn people against Mr AMUSED, PADRE!
CHAPLAIN: I'll pray for you , sir.
GEN WAYNE: Thanks, padre. Pull whatever strings you can.

Fri May 8 17:44:24 MET DST 1998


From: san francisco

hi everybody, got home late last night after a really BAD day and flicked on the tube and found the movie "the big chill." i was sitting there half comatose and feeling really lousy when "the weight" came on as part of the movie soundtrack. i exhaled and the tension just lifted right out. thank you band, yet again...

Fri May 8 13:13:35 MET DST 1998


What's a feron site Goopher?? Everyone with an ear knows that mediocrity always rules in the pop music world. I am sorry if I am unfamiliar with "here today, gone tomorrow" so-called musical aggregations. What are you doing here on the Band site if that stuff turns you on? Are you defending the foulmouthed moron from Vancouver??

Fri May 8 11:26:42 MET DST 1998


hey amused, you "twit:"

for someone who recently claimed to have such a vast and diverse knowlege of music("i could discuss music with you from punk rock and make your head spin")you certainly are ignorant.

marilyn(please note the correct spelling) manson happen to be a band, and a quite popular and successful one at that. someone of your 'stature' would surely be aware of them, unless that status was anything but jive ego-tripping from someone obviously possessed with social hangups to rival the unabomber...

why don't you go bother the ferron site for awhile, or something?

Fri May 8 05:19:36 MET DST 1998

Pete Knoll

From: Waterloo Ontario

I have a question about Ronnie Hawkins. Back in 1982 or so there has a documentary on Hawkins called The Hawk. I would like to know if it is available on video and if so where it can be obtained? Regards, Pete P.S. Excellent site

Fri May 8 04:21:48 MET DST 1998

Jim the General

From: Nederland, Colorado ( this side of the Great Divide)

The site is great; I have finally completed my collection with "Islands" and Moondog Matinee" owing to links from the site. Regarding Levon's voice: i heard him in Boulder, CO 5/96 and there was no problem; poor Rick was almost incapable of carrying a tune, regrettably. Garth, if you ever read these, i apologize for almost pouring/dumping a beer in your sax! I also enjoyed hearing from a German Bandaholic who attended the Frankfurt concert way back when. Anyone else out there who did, or are we "alles?"

Fri May 8 01:16:56 MET DST 1998

Mr Amused

Dylan Robertson is a laugh. You twit, i never heard of marylin manson, and you must have listened to her since you bring up her name. I am here to tell you that the Band's Last Waltz (that likely took place before you dropped out into the sheets) featured performers that most influenced the Band. Mostly as you call us "yankees"...Dr John, Paul Butterfield, Bobby Charles, Muddy Waters, the Staples, Neil Diamond, Ronnie hawkins etc...etc AND LEVON..and Bob Dylan who likely made it all possible in the beginning ! Since you're in Vancouver, face west and keep walking deep into the ocean. Don't need you here.

Thu May 7 23:34:24 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

Like A Dog With a Bone Ö OK, the Guestbook has moved away from the Helm / Hoskyns debate, but here I am stuck here still pondering it. And looking forward to Chris & Gailís article to reveal more. If we take the five best bits of writing on The Band, we are not comparing like with like. Letís say straight away that the Helmís the one Iíd take on a desert island, but: ROBERT PALMER ĎPortrait of the Artists As Young HawksĒ is faction / new journalism. Compare ĎIn Cold Bloodí or ĎMidnight In The Garden of Good & Evilí or ĎThe Perfect Stormí. Palmer imagines himself there and writes it like a novel. GREIL MARCUS, ĎMystery Trainí is criticism. You can agree or disagee, but we always know itís Marcusís opinion. In fact, Hoskyns was disparaging about Marcus at several points. Sometimes on fact (who sang what) sometimes on opinion. HELM & DAVIES is autobiography. You canít argue with ďI did this ÖĒ As any historian will tell you, there is such a thing as ďparticipant error / biasĒ as well as ďoutsider errorĒ because a participant sees only from one angle. HOSKYNS is biography, and thatís hard because it mixes criticism and story. It will have ďoutsider errorĒ but because the sources are from different angles, any one of them will be jarring to individual participants. Most of The Band have disparaged the book, but the great press coverage that it got changed a situation where half their catalogue was unobtainable to one where it was all released. The book did them no commercial harm. I always thought that naming the box set ďACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDEĒ was a deliberate tie-in. ROB BOWMAN (Sleeve notes to TO KINGDOM COME) is different again, as heís going behind the tracks. Itís a mix of Marcus and Hoskyns, but with strong evidence of considerable Band input. In my own pieces I try to make a clear visual distinction between quotes - separated text and a different typestyle - and my own running comment. I like to be sure that the two are separate.

Thu May 7 23:25:07 MET DST 1998

Shannon Gallagher

From: Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada

I think that the band is very cool, but the site is a bit confusing to follow.

Thu May 7 22:41:26 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

KBFH: Further to yesterdayís posting. I found the article I was reading (RECORD COLLECTOR May 1998). The record company releasing KBFH in Europe is STRANGE FRUIT. It says 20 titles are already out in the USA, but that Strange Fruit will be doing their titles at ďaffordable pricesĒ. As Iíd remembered it doesnít mention The Band, and the initial list focuses more on British stuff (Renaissance, Uriah Heep, Rick Wakeman, 10CC, Greg Lake) but does have David Crosby, Canned Heat, John Sebastian too. It says theyíre trying to clear rights for other stuff and says that the label manager is Sue Armstrong. As soon as I find an e-mail address Iíll write in and suggest the Band. If a few others do the same, who knows? It might help.

Thu May 7 21:52:00 MET DST 1998

Dylan Robertson

From: Vancouver, BC, Canada

This one goes out to all you yanky fucks. Too bad your music scene is such a piece of shit, EH? You can only wish that there's anything coming out of the states that's comparable to The Band. Go and listen to your Marilyn Manson you inbred fucks.

Thu May 7 21:07:40 MET DST 1998


From: The Ntherlands
Home page:

My compliments for your great site, I have a link to your site go on like this. Greetings Maria.

Thu May 7 20:28:26 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Those of you fortunate enough to have seen recent performances by Levon could possibly clue the rest of us in on this---Is he really suffering from laryngitis, or have all the years of tobacco (ab)use finally caught up with him?

Thu May 7 20:05:42 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

Just a reminder for those who are interested : Hideki's page "Who Plays What" is fascinating. I was stunned to find out that Richard Manuel plays Hammond Organ on Stage Fright's "All La Glory" . I always thought that was Garth, and that he dubbed in his accordian solo on top of it. We talk a lot about Richard's voice, but I think his playing is underrated.

Mr. Amused: I'll ask again politely. What is it about the Band that you like?

Thu May 7 18:50:06 MET DST 1998


From: NY

Heard today that The Bands next album will not be released till April 1999, heard this on WHPD 106.1 a radio station out of Poughkeepsie. Can anyone confirm this. Also Levons movie THE RIGHT STUFF will be on the History channel on 5/26 and 5/27 at 10 am aand 3 pm.

Thu May 7 18:11:44 MET DST 1998

Dino Casagrande

From: Windsor, Ontario

Wonderfull web site . As an admirer of their artistic musical talents,I'm dissappointed to see that there no concerts scheduled (Pollstar) for "The Band" any time in the near future. Hope this changes. In the meantime I hope "the boys" stay healthy and out of trouble.

Thu May 7 18:09:20 MET DST 1998

Typically Canadian

From: Halifax, Nova Scotia

It was a year ago, May 6th, that Danko was bUSteD in Japan. Any of you "inSIdErs" know if Rick's clean now? Let's hope.

On another note, I just picked up "Will the Circle be Unbroken, Vol 2" - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Levon is on 3 of the songs, and sings lead on "When I get my Rewards". I found the CD disapointing at best, "Rewards is an overproduced wash out and definetly not worth the price of the product. "Will the Circle..." Vol 1, on the other hand, is one of my all time favs and a must for fans of Bluegrass music, as I'm sure most Band fans are.

Come visit Acadia this summer. The ghosts of the expelled Acadians at Grand Pre still speak volumes.

Thu May 7 15:09:04 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: SkokieUSA

Mr. Amused, nothing lightens my day like your name-calling. And the irony of you calling me an ass is worthy of a poet.

Thu May 7 15:03:21 MET DST 1998

Nick Tovo

From: Newark, De.

Watched the movie "Prefontaine" last night. It's about the great distance runner Steve Prefontaine who trailblazed rights for amateur athletes. Anyway he died in a tragic car accident and in the climactic scene of the movie in which he dies "The Band's" "I shall be Released" is playing. During the closing credits "Forever Young" plays. The version is by a band called "The Pistoleros". The director, Steve James also did "Hoop Dreams".

Thu May 7 14:52:13 MET DST 1998

Nick Tovo

Thu May 7 13:35:36 MET DST 1998


Brennan, you don't need to refer me to anything. If I was ID'ed months ago ( ?? ) why don't you come out with it...Make an ass of yourself.

Thu May 7 12:49:36 MET DST 1998

Freddy Fishstick

From: Sag Harbor


Please restore the "Search" function to include the Guestbook entries if not the Chatroom. The canon of The Band includes the Guestbook entries. How else can we who visit keep track of what has been said before & by whom?

How else can I keep track of "all of the faces and all of the places I've been"?

Thu May 7 06:24:33 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: SkokieUSA

Actually, it should be pretty easy figuring out where the upcoming release of the Dylan/Band was recorded. The booted material I've heard from Royal Albert Hall finds Dylan famously inebriated. A very,very loose performance. I also heard that "Guitars Kissing..." is in fact the planned Columbia release which was held up due to legalisms. While the lawyers haggled, someone inside cut a DAT and voila.

Thu May 7 05:15:11 MET DST 1998

Charlie Young

From: Down in Old Virginny

Levon's book was recently remaindered in the hardcover edition in the USA. I found a copy at a SuperCrown bookstore this week for $6.99. That's less than the paperback and--if you're lucky--you can get Levon to autograph it someday in his New Orleans restaurant.

Thu May 7 04:57:07 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: SkokieUSA

Mr. Amusing, I would refer you to Jan H.'s posting. No one is anonymous on the net. You were ID'ed months ago.

Thu May 7 03:28:47 MET DST 1998

Marvin Gardens

From: Long Island

When Mrs. Gardens, Eppie & I saw Levon & the Crowmatics @ The Bottom Line last winter we were upset about Levon's "laryngitis". A friend just saw Levon last Saturday and his report is much the same. Levon's voice is shot. If this is a permanent change then that's a loss for all of us.. Only last year he sounded great at Carnegie Hall doin Atlantic City. Is his condition temporary or not?

Thu May 7 01:06:37 MET DST 1998


From: Phoenix

Mr. Amused,

The trailer park and redneck line made it possible for me to no longer dislike you as I did. Why you consider it your responsibility to stir up the dust, on a silly Internet web page no less is beyond me. I don't care, what you've done for me however is give me the valuable insight that I needed to feel sad for you. Being the humane decent and dignified man that I believe myself to be, I give you my permission to abuse, disrespect, insult, humiliate or say anything else you want to me. As long as you and those like you stay away from school yards and women walking alone in the dark, I'll be your punching bag.

Trailer park redneck... THAT'S funny! I wonder what my hero Levon Helm would think of that term being used in a deragotory way like that...

Thu May 7 00:59:09 MET DST 1998

Mr. Amused

Luis, ( oops! I keep forgetting the O, but then you do too..) if you must use expletives here ( that's "swearing" in case you don't know the word ), go ahead, but please don't invoke the Deity. It's bound to offend some sensitive eyes, and it betrays your redneck. It may be OK in your trailer park, but not here on the web.

Lost John, you are beginning to understand why I do what I do here. You too Donabie. Jan H. thanks also. Cozy, kissy does nothing for a forum, it's boring... like watching paint drying.

I will try to use compassion with imbeciles. I promise.

Brennan, Ding-Dongs, you haven't a clue, and never will have.

Thu May 7 00:43:41 MET DST 1998

Jon Lyness

From: New York City

Not to stir up an old hornet's nest, but Robbie's new _Contact_ album is really beginning to grow on me. Which surprises me, because most techno-related stuff leaves me cold. Not every track grabs me by the throat, but some of them do resonate. Some of the effects he was able to achieve by mixing different voices together are quite nice -- on the surface, not Band-like in any way, but still done with the sensitivity of someone who appreciates the interesting textures that voices blending together can create. (Until you reach that awful "bonus" track, which sounds like a vicious parody of the ten tracks that came before it!)

Also, comparing _Contact_ to Robbie's first solo album (which is the only one I've listened to, so it's the benchmark I'm using) I think it's a much more interesting album. On the first album, it sounds like he's trying to recreate himself as an 80s-style rock star showman. I like "Fallen Angel" and "Broken Arrow" quite a bit, but the hard rock stuff sounds really empty to me. On _Contact_, he appears to step back into more of a director-type role, more akin to his role in the arrangements of Band songs and soundtracks, and I think it suits him a lot better.

Thu May 7 00:36:34 MET DST 1998

John Donabie

From: Toronto

So you want to see LEVON HELM on a regular basis?

Just opened up my copy of Offbeat Magazine and beginning in September of this year "Levon Helm's Classic American Cafe" opens in New Orleans.

It is my understanding that he will play from time to time and also act as host of the club to many of his friends and other entertainers The club will be situated at 300 Decatur St. I'll be there in month too early. The tag line in the ad reads..."be there when "THE BAND" starts playing."Taken from The Darktown Strutters Ball. Look out HOB and Tipitana's!!

Wed May 6 23:42:26 MET DST 1998

Luis (again)

From: Here

Ooops! My mistake, that should read to LOST JOHN, not Little John, my apologies...


Wed May 6 23:19:49 MET DST 1998


From: Phoenix

Wouldn't it be beautifully ironic if Mr. Amused and Little John were one and the same?

Little John, your post was beautiful man, thanks!


Wed May 6 23:09:42 MET DST 1998

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Jan H.

From: Norway

A few comments before I leave for this conference thing for a couple of days:

Butch has got a point: Every time the guestbook here gets too "cozy", Mr.Amused or someone else comes in and disturbs us when we are talking about how good The Band are/were or what a great taste we all have in music. Some times it's just a pain in the butt, but it may also generate interesting new ideas and information. This time we have a little of both. The limey hate is not very nice, but it seems that the attacks have generated an article that we're looking forward to reading, about the book Across the Great Divide, written by the nice, friendly couple (that's the way I know them, anyway, the UFO interest and the "save the fox/whales" thing don't bother me...well, the whale-thing do, but...) that Hoskyns dedicated his book to.

Anonymous entries in the guestbook are accepted. And I don't believe in "outing". But remember that I log every access to this site, including guestbook script sessions. I know who most of you "anonymous" persons are. The rest I can track down. Unix rules.

About Hoskyns' book: He mentions "Levon's very readable autobiography". Guess that means he had read at least parts of it before he published his own book. And to me it's pretty evident, some of it seems to be based directly on Levon's book. It's a pity The Band "family" refused to work with him, though. It's unfair to say "this guy is just guessing" when you yourself have turned down his requests for information.

If you like Son Volt (I do. A lot.) and/or The Jayhawks, you should check out that page mentioned by Martin Hagfors. Good stuff.

Lost John: Pass it this way.

Wed May 6 22:57:36 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

Non-controversial information only: I've seen a couple of things on King Biscuit recently. A British* company has got the rights to put out a whole series of King Biscuit shows as official releases, following the various BBC sessions. Each time I've read about this they've listed about twenty artists who "might" be released in the series, but neither list mentioned The Band. The KBFH broadcasts differed slightly from year to year, (They either have "It Makes No Difference" or "Ophelia")but they're all from the same Washington 76 show. Let's hope that The Band appear on the eventual list. * is this word controversial?

Wed May 6 22:25:19 MET DST 1998


From: Upstate NY

I see the war with the Muses has flared up again. Let me let you in on something: We need Mr Amused. We need Luis. And Gopher. And Serge Daniloff. And everyone who loves the Band enough to stand up and make a statement. I Don't agree with ANYTHING Mr Amused has ever said, and I used to hope he would just shut up and go away. He's offensive, he's unfair, and he's well informed. He is, by his own admission, a shit disturber.

Sometimes a person makes a sacrifice in the belief that it will change things for the better. Maybe Mr Amused believes that by playing the villian he can make the guestbook more creative. I don't know.

Wed May 6 22:19:57 MET DST 1998

Lost John

From: Cool Britannia

It's really odd: logging into the Guestbook every 2 weeks or so; you leave it full of nice gentle sharing of info and the next time you look, it's full of character assassinations and dripping vitriol.... In a way though, maybe an artist gets the audience he/they deserve. The Guestbook is perhaps just like the Band itself: full of beautiful harmonies, self destruction, pain, creativity, guts, humanity. For all their great music (there's not one track I dislike-well The Moon struck One maybe)they were a bunch of vagabonds: that's what made them great! So keep on Mr Amused, it's a broad church and we Brits deserve a bit of a stuffing sometimes: you Yanks might have had slaves but we sold them to you! While I'm pontificating (no offence to catholics meant): favourite bits of the Band: that bit in The Weight where the bass and drums come in with the last verse and Levon sings catch a cannonball, Richard singing Kit Katy can you hear me on the Basement tapes, Levon and richard trading lines in Whispering Pines: standing by the well, Richrd singing "you feed your man chicken evry Sunday now tell me hun what you dun with the gun, Richard on Acadian DW: what hurt the most, when the people there said you got to keep movin' on", the fade out on When you awake: I'd stand on the spot where Moses stood, hearing Life is a Carnival on the radio for the first time: "like a new baked loaf of bread" quote Annie Nightingale, Rick singing/belching out "all you vigilantes" on the Rumour (sorry yanks: Rumor). As for the books: read them both: love the story of richard frying the steak with an iron! Love to all Band fans: irascible and harmonious alike !!!

Wed May 6 21:09:33 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

Mr. Amused: If you love the Band as much as you say you do, what is it about them that you love? I only ask because you seem to be more concerned about bashing and insulting people than writing about the Band.

Gail and Chris: we are looking forward to the article about Barney Hoskyns. Thanks for keeping us informed.

Wed May 6 20:46:43 MET DST 1998


From: Phoenix

Jesus Christ! That piece of smelly garbage is back. What a coward! What a waste of obviously fair quality education!

Why don't y'all who know who Amused is "out" him so we can deal with him in an "appropriate" manner?

Wed May 6 18:05:41 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

Helm & Hoskyns (continued)
As Chris Bell says, Hoskyns was six months earlier on the racks. This does not mean that the Helm book was written as a reaction. In both British and American book publishing, the gap between final manuscript hand-over and publication date for this kind of title is around 9 to 12 months but then only when itís a high priority project. It can easily be as long as 24 months.

Books CAN be done much faster, but only when the subject is both topical and mass-market (Weíre talking Presidential election / Gulf war / death of Diana here). A major publisher working in this kind of nichť market would need some highly unusual incentive to work faster, and no such incentive was present. Although Helm (or more properly Helm & Davies), might have been able to make a few changes in reaction to the Hoskynsí book, itís most likely that the two books were quite independent of each other through the editorial process. By the time the Hoskyns hit the shops, the Helm must have been well along the publishing process. Theyíre both talking about the same incidents, so there will be crossover. Check out the original Hawkinsí RS interview (August 69) and the Helm book 25 years later. There are direct quotes, which is fair enough as Levon himself was the subject of the stories.

All the recent commentators have read them both, and ĎMystery Trainí, in some detail. As was pointed out recently, Robert Palmerís ďA Portrait of The Artists as Young HawksĒ in Rolling Stone (June 78) was another major work on The Band. Robertson has said he wonít be doing a book. Shame. But there are plenty of radio / video / print interviews. Danko was talking about working with Robert Palmer, but sadly thatís off now.

ďRolling StoneĒ could easily do a volume in their ďRolling Stone FilesĒ series, as they have many of the best articles (e.g. the Ronnie Hawkins interview, the Palmer piece, the Gleason reviews, the Kooper review, various Robertson and Dylan interviews, articles by Hopkins, Marcus, Fong-Torrres).

Iíve never met anyone whoís been satisfied with a piece written about them, however much it might praise.

Now Iím going to TRY to shut up for a while!

Wed May 6 17:52:14 MET DST 1998

Martin Hagfors

From: Massachusetts/Norway
Home page:

The Band have over the years been a great inspiration for my own songwriting and I have run into Levon and Rick at various times in the context of my other profession, sound.I mixed Levon's band in Boston back in "88 when he had Max W. (E-St.B)grooving on the other kit. I also had a great gig with Ricks band the same year with Michelle Shocked doing the support and getting up on stage with Rick at the end of his set. I also remember watching Rick tear the windscreen off his Shure 57 vocal mic(Clintons fav.) and mumbling somthing about AIDS........ Another memorable night was had mixing Danko,Fjeld,Andersen on their first Oslo appearance at The Cruise Cafe and having Roger Mcquinn step up for Knocking on... Anyhow,I've got a band called Home Groan and thought that some of you Band fans would probably get a kick out of the music.Feel free to give me some feedback. The Home Groan Page; Signing off,... Martin Hagfors

Wed May 6 16:00:36 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Although I'm not an anglophile wannabe, not that there's anything wrong with that, I'd like to mention the following. In the May issue of _BBC Music Magazine_, an article entitled "Battle of the Echo Chambers" discusses the complexities relating to acoustics in concert hall design. The article, written by Jonathan Kettle, describes the Royal Albert Hall as "one of the largest and strangest of all concert halls." The Victorian structure is an example of the classical amphitheatre with the space for a large audience (5,000 seated & 1,000 standing) arranged in an arc around the stage. The huge elliptical hall, although a popular venue for concerts, is notoriously reverberant. Any concerts recorded there could be sonically identified by the great hall's lively echo.

As we await the official release of the Dylan / Band Albert Hall board recording, there is already a non-bootleg sample available from those tapes. "Visions of Johanna," from Dylan's _Biograph_ box set, was recorded during the acoustic part of the Albert Hall performance on May 26, 1966. (I believe Dylan & The Band also performed the following night also.) Although a relatively quiet song, as compared with the raucous amplified portion of the concert, the reverberant qualities of the Hall are apparent, especially during the louder portions of Dylan's vocals. Those of you who have bootleg copies purportedly taped from the Albert Hall performances could possibly use these clues to determine if the venue was "the great hall" rather than the previous Manchester concert.

Wed May 6 15:51:53 MET DST 1998

John Donabie

From: Canada

Robertson was once quoted as saying "Music should never be harmless." Maybe that's where mr. amused is coming from. As I read the positings this morning I'm starting to think that the word "provoke" can mean a couple of things. One to piss you off. The other to stimulate thinking whether you like it or not.

Being a Canadian puts me in the middle. I'm not an American and I am not British. My opinion of Brits researching Americana has always been positive. Just look at some of the best documentaries on American R&R. The Brits spend a lot of time and research putting these things together. I've always found it interesting that England; over the past few years, seems to care more about Americana than the U.S. does.

It's like re-issues. Fly to Japan and you can find just about anything ever recorded in the U.S. from the early R&R era to the present. I love the U.S. I spend all my holiday time across the 49th. Yet; as my american friends say, this is a country that is tearing down its musical roots.....the south side of Chicago for example. They have never erected nor paid tribute to the great recording strudios of New Orleans. I spoke with Cosimo Mattasa who engineered all the greats of R&B & R&R in New Orleans and from that conversation, it appears the city fathers don't care.

In Memphis they tear down Stax studios. The owners of the House of Blues refuse to build one there until the city fathers start caring again about it's musical heritage....and the founder is from Memphis!! With the exception of Graceland, you won't find Bukka White's house of any of the other Blues greats............ then again the Brits did tear down the Cavern Club. Sorry Peter...had to throw that one in.

To summerize, I believe that whether it be the Brits or the Japanese or as Robertson once said..."the reason he could write about the south and Americana was because he saw it through the eyes and ears of someone from afar." I believe there is a true romanticism about people who have seen and heard the music of America from a distance.

Wed May 6 15:49:05 MET DST 1998

Charlie Young

From: Down in Old Virginny

Jan: thanks for the info on those upcoming Rhino video releases. That's great news. I'll also have to track down the Woodstock lost performances video as well. Does anyone know if there's an official release due of The Band's "King Biscuit" radio show?

Wed May 6 14:44:05 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: Skokie USA

Mr. Amused, I'm still confused why someone so well-versed in music, so loving of the Band, so highly opinionated, so deeply planted behind the scenes, would be so chicken as to not use your real name or post your Email? BTW, we all do know who you are.

Wed May 6 13:35:42 MET DST 1998


Gail, do you mean to say there are others like me who find Hoskyns a literary buffoon ?? I have no idea who you are, other than the fact that you and your hubby come across as a couple of bored, well to do, middle aged, wannabee groupies. I am just trying to be as big a s**t-disturber as Hoskyns is. He seems to have forced Levon into publishing his side of the story in reponse to guess work. As Donabie( in whom I am well pleased this time) said : Levon WAS THERE. Viney..I just skip past your entries now. You can do that with mine.

Wed May 6 11:31:00 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney


Mr Amused:
Analyze your last postings. Try substituting ĎAfrican-Americaní or ĎMexicaní or any other nationality or ethnic group for Ďlimeyí. No publication in the United States would print it. You seem greatly perturbed that Barny Hoskyns, Chris Bell and myself are British. Thatís your hang-up. Your remarks about Hoskyns go way beyond any degree of fair comment or criticism. Iíve never met or corresponded with Hoskyns. Iíve bought his books and I always read his magazine columns. He devoted a lot of time and effort to ĎAcross The Great Divideí and anyone whoís written anything and put their name up front appreciates that. In normal circles, spending hours looking up obscure late 60s articles for facts is called ďresearchĒ and itís hard work. Iím not going to hazard what your motivation is. I donít know you, and wonít comment. Iím sure that your various recent targets such as myself, Chris, John, Bill, or David are NOT put off by your antics. What does worry me is that your attitude prevents people putting their first postings on the site. A lot of people must look and say, ĎWow, why should I open myself up to this?í Then they donít post comments. The site is poorer. One of the great things about the site is people post from all over - recently from Japan, Israel, Germany, Holland (and of course Norway). When they see your racist epiphets being slung around, they must be even more wary. The original Band were 80% Canadian. The site is run from Norway. Jawbone is published in Britain. Some of the most interesting correspondence I have had on The Band has been from Holland, Germany, Italy and Japan. On Grossman: if MULTIPLE sources, which include quotes from both Helm and Robertson, say ďGrossman did this ÖĒ I feel confident in repeating ďGrossman did this ÖĒ The Woodstock question is interesting. I agree that Grossman seemed concerned with keeping mystique. I said WITH HINDSIGHT it might have been the wrong call. See Fred Goodman ďMansion on The HillĒ (Random House, 1997) for more information on Grossman.Flame away. From my point of view, this correspondence is now closed.

Wed May 6 11:05:07 MET DST 1998


From: UK

Oh what fun, Mr. Amused is back. And I think now, he gives his true ID away - I know exactly who he be! So full of hate for Hoskyns. (As was confirmed in recent Email - it's all so similar.) Well, Amused, deny all you like - won't believe you anyway. BTW, the "dude" you refer to is indeed the same Chris Bell, and also my husband. No, he is not apologizing for Hoskyns. Must admit, that probably could've been worded better. I wouldn't have described it as "immense problems", that Hoskyns had. More like, "obstacles put in his way". By persons probably quite like you Amused. Sad, miserable, specimens of human beings.

The reason why we are doing the article, is because there are a lot of misconceptions about Hoskyns, and people don't know the real truth behind the book. It's time they did, and the record be set straight. After years of sitting on this and not really saying anything "publicly", we are just about to. It's not digging up the past, because it's still very much in the present, and people are always asking us about it anyway. But guess the likes of you ain't gonna like it, Amused. Because you just want Hoskyns to remain the bad guy, right?

Wed May 6 01:54:10 MET DST 1998

Mr Amused

Gee, I put down Hoskyns' book as crap in answer to Lyness' comments, and look at the responses..:)) Even from "Musicologist" Donabie. Also, I love these limey "american wannabees" coming out with "facts": "Grossman did this!! Grossman did that!!" What rock did you crawl out of Viney?? Hoskyns is a fraud, a thief and a plagiarist. His stories are fantasies or a regurgitation of previously published articles. I see the dedication in his book is to Chris Bell..!! ?? Could that be the dude in this guestbook... commencing to apologize for Hoskyns.?? Levon's book came out on the heels of Hoskyns'...well, guess why!

At least I seemed to have stopped the silly debates over " The Robert E. Lee ".. I hope ...

Donabie, I love the original Band more than you will ever know. I could discuss music with you from Penderecki to the baroque, from Gregorian chants to french musette to dixieland to be-bop to punk rock and make your head spin. Don't assume to know what I like or dislike. What's a "flamer" ?? Someone who points out idiotic statements, written without forethought??

Wed May 6 01:16:35 MET DST 1998


From: Philadelphia

Diane - Thank you fro mentioning Butter. I am listening to "Every Man is His Own Hero" as I write this.

Lots of interesting discussion here about the various books written on The Band. I think that there is room for that in this Guestbook. I would also like to add that there is room for Mt Amused as well. I happen to enjoy his contirbutions, sometimes as much as the contirbutions of the more serious participants such as Peter Viney, Pat Brennan, John Donabie and David Powell. I have seen worse flamers on the web and he certainly does seem to have an appreciation of the boys music. And he adds some much needed humor (although some might be offended).

One question to John Donabie, how did you recent inetrview with RR go?

Wed May 6 00:05:33 MET DST 1998

Roger Woods

From: Moseley, Birmingham, UK

I caught Woodstock on cable TV in Kathmandu over Easter. I was surprised to find The Band's piece being played. (The Weight - following 10 Years After's performance). A good (in the context of live music at Woodstock)performance of The Weight - but no sign of Richard. What's the story?

Tue May 5 23:20:51 MET DST 1998

Chris Bell

From: UK

To correct something, ahead of my article.....

Pat Brennan, the Hoskyns book cannot possibly contain ďlarge chunks of Levonís bookĒ. Because Levonís, although published same year, was not until much later, (coinciding with ďJerichoĒ release). And in fact, the Hoskyns book came first, in early 1993.

Tue May 5 22:45:49 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Regarding the Woodstock appearance--I may be off-base about this but it's my impression that Albert Grossman liked to create a certain mystique in the public's perception about his clients. He certainly followed this course with Dylan & I believe with The Band to some extent as well. By limiting his clients' exposure to product releases & appearances that he could tightly control, Grossman could maintain a degree of mystery about the performers, leaving the public hungry for more. There were artistic, as well as a financial incentives to this orchestrated approach to public exposure. Give the crowd a great show but leave them wanting more.

Tue May 5 22:23:49 MET DST 1998

Chris Bell

From: UK

Regarding ďAcross The Great DivideĒ by Barney Hoskyns

Once people know the full story behind this, and the immense problems Hoskyns experienced, maybe then they will understand why the book turned out the way it did. I am now in the process of writing an article, which will appear shortly at my website. When ready, I will be pleased to announce it here. You will all be surprised!

Tue May 5 22:04:25 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

When asked about the Hoskyns book, Robbie Robertson said that he read the first thirty pages, but he had to put it down because he felt Hoskyns was just "guessing". Hoskyns obviously read this interview and shot back that he would not have had to guess if Robbie had returned his phone calls. This is ridiculous to me, for it is up to the writer not the subject to make sure the story is correct.

I agree with Mr. Munson from Toronto that Levon's book seems more enjoyable but is clouded with too much bitterness. I have read that Levon also thought it was too bitter, so I guess Stephen Davies or the publisher are to blame.

Despite all this, both books are a must for any Band fan.

Tue May 5 21:35:57 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

From: Poole, UK

Books on the Band & Woodstock

I agree that Greil Marcus has written the finest stuff from an outsider on The Band. Robbie has criticized people second-guessing them and describing situations where no outsider was present. Thereís fair reason to reject stuff that begins, ďLevon thought that ÖĒ or ďRobbie believed that ÖĒ or ďGarth stared into his coffee cup, gulped twice, and ÖĒ Itís hard to avoid doing this as a journalist gets more and more information on a subject, but I donít think Hoskyns is any more guilty than other writers. Hunter S. Thompson made his career on Ďgoing inside the situationí. If you quote an article that includes Robbie saying, ďI believe that ÖĒ itís not a major sin to transform it into the third person.

Back to John Lynessís interesting point, which started all this off, you can see a missing cut, ĎThe Weightí on the ďWoodstock - The Lost PerformancesĒ video (Warner Bros). Given the live ambience, itís nothing to be ashamed of. After submitting stuff today, I got in the car and sychronicity struck at once. ĎWoodstockí by Matthews Southern Comfort was on the radio, fast followed by ĎLetís Work Togetherí by Canned Heat. (They were showcasing 1970).

The material that has most impact on Woodstock-The Movie, falls into two categories. The long improvised tunes work well, the stuff where the musicians stretch out (Santana, Hendrix, Sly, though Ten Years After are dull). Also the crowd-pleasing sing alongs (Country Joe, Richie Havens, John Sebastian). Maybe a well-crafted song performance wouldnít have fitted the mood (The Band), although on the other hand Crosby, Stills & Nash made their initial impact here, albeit with over-dubbing. Grossman made a couple of odd calls. He refused to license The Weight for the best-selling Easy Rider album, even though it had been used in the film. He failed to negotiate a decent fee for the Woodstock movie, and with hindsight it would have been good to be on there, however bad the financial rewards. Interesting oddity: Reputedly, Blood Sweat & Tears were the equal-highest paid act and didnít get on the movie either.

Tue May 5 19:28:16 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on mind

In his book _Mystery Train_, which included a chapter on The Band, and in his new one about Dylan's basement tapes, _Invisible Republic_, author Greil Marcus has proven he has a good "feel" for The Band's music. Perhaps someday Mr. Marcus will devote a full length treatment to that subject, and correct some of the inherent "problems" with the Hoskyns & Helm books. I think that distance was the significant factor with the viewpoint of those--Helm was to close to the subject to give an objective perspective, while Hoskyns apparently did not get close enough & relied too much on second-hand information.

Tue May 5 17:21:32 MET DST 1998

Bill Munson

From: Toronto

I too would take the Helm book over the Hoskyns. I would note, though, that the Hoskyns came out first, so the guy can hardly be blamed for not quoting Levon's book. Also, the fact that Levon's book was in preparation would account for Hoskyns' lack of access to everyone but Robertson. That said, I don't think Hoskyne did a very good job on the fact-checking end of things, and he did an absolutely miserable job of footnoting, sourcing and context-setting for facts, quotes, paraphrases, etc.

As John Donabie said, Helm was honest, intelligent and there. I would say, however, that the honesty was in some cases clouded by bitterness, and in many cases obscured by years and (perhaps) hard living. No doubt Levon thinks he remembers all those details, but some of it makes no sense at all. Others of the stories seem borrowed from Ronnie Hawkins' autobiography, Last of the Good Ol' Boys. I'd blame Levon's co-writer for most of this.

Tue May 5 16:56:31 MET DST 1998


Oh I forgot, Warner Home Vidio put The Band"s performance out on video a while back...the video is titled " Woodstock, The Lost Performaces" It opens with the Band doing The Weight. Some other notables Cocker, Paul Butterfield, Joplin,CSN.Worth having just for The Band's performance.

Tue May 5 16:37:35 MET DST 1998


About the Band at Levon's book he states by the way, The Band doesn't appear on either the Woodstock album or movie..only half the fee was offered so Grooseman said no. They filmed ous in low light because we told them not to mess with ous onstage....Levon goes on to say they felt they played a good set but it wasn't up to their standard 'cause "Robbie's microphone had been inadvertently left on,and he wasn't much as a singer."

Tue May 5 16:14:33 MET DST 1998

Itamar Eshed

From: Israel

The Band...the best band in the world comes into this great website...

Tue May 5 16:11:47 MET DST 1998

Bill Krohn

From: Kalamazoo Michigan
Home page:

Lots of classic rock & more albums for sale at Krohn's Boulevard Records at Rock, Pop, Folk, & Country from the '60s to the '90s; Blues & Jazz from the '50s & before; back issues of music magazines like Goldmine, RStone, Creem, Hot Wacks, Musician, Guitar Player, & others; Used But Not Abused CDs & Singles; music movies like Monterrey Pop, White City, etc. Thanks!

Tue May 5 15:40:46 MET DST 1998


From: New York

It occurs to me as I am listening to a live version of Rick Danko and Paul Butterfield doing "Mystery Train" that we lost Paul 11 years ago yesterday. One of the true pivotal figures in concept of blues, a talented and sometimes painfully underrated musician."Every man is his own hero till the Heroin takes him down"....... I miss you Paul.

Tue May 5 15:21:51 MET DST 1998


From: Norway

Rhino's web pages say that The Band and The Band box set (with both audio and video material) will be released May 19. See Rhino's New & Upcoming page.

Tue May 5 14:52:22 MET DST 1998

Paul Schoninger

From: Lexington, KY

Sometime ago it was announced on these pages that Rhino was planning a video and re-release of The Band album. As I recall this was suppose tyo happen in May. Anybody heard anything about the release date(s)? Thanks.

Tue May 5 13:53:46 MET DST 1998

john donabie

From: toronto

Good on you Peter. You must remember that mr. amused doesn't care about the Band or about music.

He is what they call "a flamer." He just starts the computer up, starts trouble...waits for someone to mention him; or take him on and his job is done. Writing this piece is falling right into his trap. He can rationalize his bigotry and anger. That's the scary part. But then again; as mr amused would say...what does a fraud know? That's his word for me. My dad who comes from Newhaven would not be amused at calling Brits limeys. If I ever did essays on The Band, as you do, I would never hear the end of it from mr. amused. It's interesting how he targets.

Oh well....back to the real world.

Tue May 5 13:15:14 MET DST 1998

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Tue May 5 10:27:38 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

From: Limey-land

Hoskyns & Helm:
You can prefer one or the other. No book is ever without error.

Hoskyns is a great writer and an excellent critic. Try some of his other stuff on the West Coast scene. He usually refers to original sources, and also conducted his own interviews. The stuff about the Woodstock festival directly quotes Levon, Robbie, Richard and Jonathan Taplin.

The ďrefusal to appear in the movieĒparagraph begins:
ďAccording to Robbie ÖĒ and the information in it is taken directly from a contemporary piece in ďRolling StoneĒ. The autobiography ďBill Graham Presents ÖĒ substantiates Robbieís story. He describes his negotiations over Woodstock film rights for Santana, who were offered $750 in total. Bill got them $35,000. Grossman wasnít as effective. Bill says Santana were the only band who got more than the ďhalf concert feeĒ offered.

Levonís autobiography is more fun to read because it has his distinctive voice. I think itís the best ever insiderís view of rock. I guess nothing can be considered 100% reliable, as the old saying goes, ďIf you can remember the sixties, you werenít thereĒ. I think Paul Kantner said it first.

Both books are flawed (for me) by an obvious increasing disregard/dislike for Robertson.

When the Guestbook (Still Amused) gets to complaining about Hoskynís ďdumb limey speech impedimentĒ it hits the bottom in xenophobia. Hey, why not complain about Danko, Hudson & Robertson? And Richard Bell! Theyíve all got definite Canadian accents. Jeez, theyíre foreigners too, Mr Amused!

Tue May 5 06:42:49 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: SkokieUSA

Re: The Band at Woodstock. The Woodstock boots I've heard are pretty good, and the Weight is very good. The story goes is that the boys refused to let the techs get on stage with them. As a result, the footage is grainy and rather poor. Levon claims that Atlantic Records was very high on releasing their performance but offered only half their fee so Goldman "naturally said no." Levon also claims the set wasn't bad but Roggie's mic was on "and he wasn't much of a singer." I do find some humor in Robbie's complaint that Crosby Stills Nash & Young re-dubbed some vocals for the Woodstock album, especially since so much of The Last Waltz seems overdubbed. And, while I take most everything with a grain of salt, I'm a bit surprised at the ire Hoskyns' book raises here. Although it's not footnoted, he seems to rely heavily on quoted material-including large chunks of Levon's book. Could any of you who trash his book give some particular instances of his taking liberties with the "truth"?

Tue May 5 05:32:40 MET DST 1998

john donabie

From: toronto

I'll take Levon's book any day of the week over Hoskyn's. A few things about Levon.... he's honest, intelligent and oh yeh... HE WAS THERE!

Tue May 5 03:00:18 MET DST 1998

Still Amused

Vielen danke Herr Doktor Freud. I forgot to mention about Hoskyns, that in the 4 seconds long appearance he makes in the Docu. film on the making of the brown album, he manages to display an incredible capability of deep thinking and unbelievable insight when his only line in the piece goes something like this ( in that dumb limey speech impediment ): " Most of the band's songs have to do with the south " or something to that effect... WOW !!! Isn't he amazing boys and girls. Makes you want to run out and buy his book.

Tue May 5 02:58:44 MET DST 1998

Bill Krohn

From: Kalamazoo Michigan
Home page:

Great site! Great band! Thanks for all the great music. Lots of Classic rock albums for sale at Krohn's Boulevard Records at Rock, Pop, Folk, & Country from the '60s to the '90s; Blues & Jazz from the '50s and before; back issues of music magazines like Goldmine, RStone, Creem, Crawdaddy, Discoveries, Musician, Hot Wacks, & others; Used But Not Abused CDs & Singles, music movies; http://www.kalnet,net/krohn. Thanks again.

Tue May 5 01:38:44 MET DST 1998

Dr. Freud

From: High Atop the Washington Monument

Velcome back, Mr. Amused. Ve missed yew. Und it ess verrrrrry interestink dat yew refer to Virgil as "Virgin." Hmmmmmmmm. Und Mr. Lyness: when vas de last time yew heard a song by Canned Heat, Country Joe und dee Fish or Ten Years After on "classic rock" radio. They were all in the movie of "Woodstock."

Tue May 5 01:07:04 MET DST 1998

Mr Amused

From: back for Quinn who missed me...

Lyness...please.! Don't believe what that horse's ass Hoskyns wrote. Half of his book is fantasy weaving. No "maintaining an aura of mystery" there. Just a simple lack of the bread Grossman wanted, plus the performance had not been quit up to snuff in the Band's opinion.

The endless boring speculations about "the" Robert E. Lee remind me of the idiotic arguments about " Cane on the Brazos ". In "Dixie" it's very simple. Levon sings " Virgin "quit, come sit, dem guys done robbed the Dali ". Anyone one with clean ears can hear that.

Tue May 5 00:25:27 MET DST 1998

Jon Lyness

From: New York City

Dan Blood: I believe that Barney Hoskyns' _Across_the_Great_Divide book mentions something about Albert Grossman not wanting the Band to be in the Woodstock film -- something about maintaining their aura of mystery, I guess. Hoskyns goes on to speculate that perhaps it's a good thing that the Band wasn't forever tied to that event in peoples' memory, the way that other performers/groups who were in the film have been. I tend to agree, although it's surprising how little people know of The Band today, compared to other "classic" 60s/70s groups -- maybe, had they been in the film, they would have slightly more name-recognition these days.

Mon May 4 18:51:26 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

While going through a box of some of my old LP records this weekend, I re-discovered my copy of the Mama Cass album _Dream A Little Dream_. After cleaning it up I gave it a listen & was surprised at how good it sounds after all these years.

My favorite song of course is her cover of Richard Manuel's "Blues for Breakfast" (a/k/a "Orange Juice Blues" from the basement tapes). God, that woman could sing, and on this song she overdubbed herself singing harmonies. She did a lively, rather faithful to the original version. The track has a honky tonk type piano on it & a couple of sax solos that sound like something Garth would have played. John Simon produced the album & is also listed as a backup musician, but the album does not specifically list who played what on each song. I'm guessing that Mr. Simon perhaps played the piano part & maybe the sax solos also. Does anyone recollect who might have played what on this album cut? The other musicians listed are Harvey Brooks (bass?), James Burton ( guitar & dobro?), Cyrus Faryar, Jim Gordon (drums?), John Sebastian (guitar, harmonica?) & Stephen Stills (guitar). Maybe it was Mr. Simon who brought the Richard Manuel song to Ms. Cass' attention to record.

Mon May 4 17:43:57 MET DST 1998


From: NJ

Have any of you ever seen a show called Due South? It is one of the best and most underrated shows on television today. It's fairly hard to find on American televison, but I understand its quite popular in Canada. What does this have to do with The Band? Not much really, except that Ronnie Hawkins had a small part in a recent episode. He played a member of a country singer's back-up band.

Mon May 4 16:47:21 MET DST 1998

jim in dc

This link will drop you into an interesting thread discussing the review of 'don't look back in newsgroup.

Mon May 4 15:45:37 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

Dear General Wayne, Are you interested in Quinn (the?) Eskimo #1 or Quinn the Eskimo #2 on the Basement tapes, or the live version on Self-Portrait? The Manfred Mann version definitely shortens the end 'nn'. OK, point taken. But I was simply trying to answer a question. But I did enjoy the dialog you wrote.And this is really from me, and I do put my own name on it and my e-mail address.

Mon May 4 07:50:15 MET DST 1998


gopher reporting, ammo in hand:

roger ebert's review of the newly restored film, "don't look back."

Mon May 4 04:48:19 MET DST 1998

Mike Dent

Sometimes I feel like I am a trekkie convention! So does Furn!

Mon May 4 04:30:25 MET DST 1998

Gen. John Wayne Jr.

From: Down on Rumark Ave.

I would like to thank Quinn the Eskimo, or is it just Quinn Eskimo?

no "the"-I'm certain

-but the final 'n' in Quinnnnn is articulated more clearly than normal, streching the line a fraction (Just a teensie)

Anyway, thanks to Quinn and Peter for their stimulating entries.

Mon May 4 03:07:28 MET DST 1998

Quinn the Eskimo

From: Lost in the Rain in Juarez

General Wayne: I'm kinda worried about that civilian you mentioned--Mr. Amused. He hasn't been spotted around here lately, sir. I fear he's gone the way of Ho Chi Minh, sir. Unless he's passed through incognito...

Mon May 4 00:21:24 MET DST 1998


From: Decatur, NY

I saw Levon and The Crowmatix at the Imac Theatre in Huntington, NY last night. Nice town and theatre. The first thing I noticed was the Levon and Cromatix cd for sale. The original copy I received in the mail a few months ago came without any cover or notes. The cd last night had a cover and a complete listing of the musicians etc... I felt a bit annoyed. Anyway The Cromatix played the first set and were quite good. Shared vocals and instrumental interplay stood out. Levon came out for the 2nd set and seemed willing and energetic, but was suffering from severe laryngitis. He played through the entire set and swithed from the mandolin, drums and harmonica. The concert was ok, but I was disappointed not hearing that unique vocal ability in better form. On the other side of the coin, I have to give Levon credit for coming out and putting 100% into his performance.

Sun May 3 23:20:05 MET DST 1998

Gen. John Wayne

From: A chopper just over the treeline

GEN WAYNE: Who fired that last round? SGT: We believe that was friendly fire, sir. Charlie Company, Brennan's patrol. GEN WAYNE: Well, someone nearly hit Virgil Caine, let's get a grip out there. SGT: we return fire? GEN WAYNE: What?..NO- NEGATIVE! Brennan is on OUR side, Sargeant. Come to think of it, we're ALL on the same side, except for that doggoned Mr Amused.... SGT: Yessir. GEN WAYNE:...and I want all this sniping stopped, especially at our civil war veterans. SGT: Yessir. GEN WAYNE: Tell the troops that we have to hold out until Gopher gets back with the ammo. And tell Hoiberg to keep up the good work.Over and out.

Sun May 3 22:19:41 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: Skokie USA

Yes, let's dispense with intelligent, engaging, and insightful conversations about the Band's lyrics. Virgil, what would you like to discuss?

Sun May 3 22:01:58 MET DST 1998

Robert E. Lee

From: Virginia

Yawnville, huh. Is that where people sleep for a living?

Sun May 3 19:39:12 MET DST 1998

Virgil Caine

From: Yawnville

Peter Viney & Co. re Dixie: Maybe you should play the song backwards.

Sun May 3 18:25:30 MET DST 1998




Sun May 3 14:46:25 MET DST 1998

Dave Farmbrough

From: Brentford

I really appreciate this web site. I didn't know much about The Band and wanted to know more. The pages are easy to use, well-designed, and have all the things you would expect of a music web site and more. Thanks for taking the trouble. Dave

Sun May 3 08:24:20 MET DST 1998

Stephen Novik

From: Edmonton, Alberta

John from Penna- I ain't tradin' no one! Ha Ha. We're goin' to Game 7 on this. Yes! Go Oilers Go! Now to get back to The Band, there are some great moments in 'Making A Noise' of songs that weren't on "Redboy"; "Paint Yourself" springs up in recollection. And these weren't songs listed at the web site as bonus tracks!! I just wonder if further down the (red) road there will be a third installment of Aboriginal music from Robbie. Don't want to put any pressure on him, (although I'd love it if he came to the Dreamspeakers' Film Festival here.) maybe I'm talkin' too much like a completist.... How much longer now 'til the next Band album? I can't wait-I can't weight-I can't... Hopefully acoustic blues with Levon on guitar and vocals like in the credits for the Auth. Biography... I still think there's a song in him 'bout his life on the road he could pen. 'til then...

Sat May 2 23:43:48 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

Been listening to Storyville some of late. The thing that stands out are all the sophisticated syncopations. Robbie's vocal gets thin when you hear em all. Resurrection and Soap Box Preacher and Back To Your Woods are favorites. (Back To Your Words/Back To Your Roots fits nicely too and give a little twist to the song.)

Picked up the movie Woodstock in a bargin bin for 2.99. I have never seen the movie till now. Wish The Band was on it. I don't quite understand why not unless it's because of business or legal reasons. I've heard they didn't think they sounded great next to all the other superstars there but I disagree entirely.

Sat May 2 22:40:57 MET DST 1998

Charlie Young

From: Down in Old Virginny

Mike: I think you nailed the "Robert E. Lee" controversy pal. I also checked the songbook for the first two albums and page 24 clearly says: "there goes Robert E. Lee." So it was the man, not some steamboat or something. Lee was one of my heroes as a child and I was pleased to learn recently that--unlike George Washington or Thomas Jefferson-- Robert E. Lee never owned slaves. In fact, he and his wife were given slaves as a wedding gift, but Lee immediately freed them. On a totally unrelated note, I just made a tape from an old, black vinyl copy of the "Ringo" album which included four members of The Band on a great George Harrison tune called "Sunshine Life for Me." It's a great acoustic song which holds up great 25 years later.

Sat May 2 21:26:55 MET DST 1998

Jake Holman

From: San Pablo

Tired and frustrated in late summer 1973, The Band decided to leave NY for California. The legendary Harry Palmer writes, Robbie said "I here Watsonville's nice". Then Rick uttered these now immortal words- "Where the hell is Watsonville?"

That's my story & I'm stickin to it. Mark this down.

Sat May 2 21:14:09 MET DST 1998


From: Legend

Ours is the best "Crazy Love".

Sat May 2 20:34:58 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: Skokie USA

Regarding Dixie. There's only two points of historical contention in the song. The first is an odd one. Richmond fell in early April of 1865, so the lyric is technically correct but rather imprecise when it states, "By May the 10th...". The second point deals with the Robert E. Lee sighting. As someone posted earlier, Lee and Lincoln sightings were widely reported across the South after the war, although Lee never did travel to Tennessee in that time period. Levon did claim to hip Robbie to some books in a library to get his facts straight. However, by no means should this be construed as criticism on my part of the song. I regard it as the greatest Civil War song ever written and have said so on a number of CW websites, much to the chagrin of some of the hardcore. Tough. Also, at The Last Waltz, when they do that walkdown and hit the chorus again, the explosion of crowd cheers and Levon's extension on the word "Down" makes for one of rock's most sublime moments. Also, there's a great book called Civil War in The Popular Culture by Jim Cullen that deals extensively with "Dixie" in its own historical context. Well worth looking up.

Sat May 2 17:26:14 MET DST 1998


From: Oregon

Just a thought about the lyrics of Dixie, Robert E. Lee, etc. If you listen carefully to Levon's unique vocal style, you'll find that he often puts an "ah" or "uh" between words...Even in interviews, he puts them in. It's just how he speaks. It's one of things, along with his "drawl", that makes him unique. I think he just sang, "There goesahRobert E. Lee." Thoughts?

Fri May 1 23:58:12 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

Robert E. Lee

I'm glad my article attracted interest. There was no intent to detract from the artistic perfection of song,lyrics or performance by mentioning the history. Out of interest I listened again with great care:

On THE BAND it's

Virgil, quick, come see
There goes Robert E. Lee

- no "the" - I'm certain.

It's a hard line to stretch to the music, like "The Weight" in fact.

So on ROCK OF AGES extra syllables are added:

Said Virgil, quick, come see
There goes Robert E. Lee

- but the final "s" of goes is articulated more clearly than normal, stretching the line a fraction.


SAID Virgil quick come AND see
There goes Robert E.Lee

- with if possible even more stretch on the s.

I retract - Levon does not sing "er" or "the", he sings the General's proper name. Joen Baez adds "the" and I have to agree with Greil Marcus. And I must admit I can't stand the Joan Baez version either. And this is one of Robbie's greatest lyrics, Levon's greatest performances and The Band's greatest music.

Fri May 1 21:53:34 MET DST 1998


From: penna

As a youngster Rick Danko played hockey on the frozen ponds of Ontario. "I was a pretty good goalie". When asked why he was such a good goalie,Rick responded: You shoot the puck and I stop it. Eh?

Fri May 1 21:28:06 MET DST 1998


From: penna

Stephen Novik of Alberta: Hey good buddy how about sending Janne Niinama back to the Flyers for Luke Richardson and Dan McGillis? What the heck include that goalie of yours in the deal. Buffalo is running the Fly-boys ragged!

What you may ask does NHL hockey have to do with the Band? Well at one time Richard,Rick and Robbie{Garth,Levon?} had an interest in this great Canadian sport. Check out the back of the Islands album and you'll see Robbie wearing a cool Toronto Maple Leafs jersey.

Fri May 1 19:54:15 MET DST 1998

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From: Canton, MA (the Boston area)

Joel spoke highly of Robertson's guitar playing on the cover version of Van Morrison's "Crazy Love" on the "Phenomenon" soundtrack, which reminded me: Crazy Love appears as one of the additional tracks on a Bryan Ferry single "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". Ferry's version doesn't credit the backing musicians, but I swear the guitarist sounds like vintage Robertson. Can anyone confirm/deny? [Ferry also appears on the "Phenomenon" soundtrack.]

Fri May 1 18:59:36 MET DST 1998

Jan Høiberg

From: Halden, Norway

Moved the guestbook entries from April to a separate file. Traffic has dropped by 150K since March, probably because the novelty interest in Robbie's latest techno effort is wearing off.

Fri May 1 15:52:51 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Great news about the long rumored official release of the Royal Albert Hall concert. I wonder if the source tapes will be the Albert Hall or the Mancester concert.

Regarding the verisimilitude of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"--sure some historical facts or events depicted may be technically inaccurate. The strength of the song however lies in the mood in conveys, which is right on the mark. Since most of the war was fought on Southern soil, and the South as well as the North lost a staggering number of its young men, those who survived faced physical as well as spiritual devastation. I think the song invokes that spirit of a people who had to literally rise from the ashes & carry on with their lives. The song gets the mood right and that's what counts. A mere historical text set to music would not necessarily achieve the same effect.

Charles Young mentioned Geoff Muldaur playing with John Sebastian. Years ago Geoff & his then-wife Maria released a fine album called _Pottery Pie_. On it Maria sang a wonderful version of "Georgia On My Mind" with an incredible guitar solo by the always amazing Amos Garrett.

Fri May 1 15:10:25 MET DST 1998

Kathy Lupi

From: London, Ont.

Just saw "Making a Noise"...fabulous! I now see where some of Robbie's older music came from! Robbie is still the greatest poet on the planet bar none.

Fri May 1 06:17:53 MET DST 1998

Stephen Novik

From: Edmonton, Alberta

Got the best of the Best goin' on the platter as I type this..... Two things- first, I'd like to thank Kathy Lupi for posting the announcement of Much Music's broadcasting "Making A Noise"; excellent show. second, what's with the cover to Moondog Matinee? (I mean to ask why is the lettering smudged? was that intentional??) Great album anyways. Whoo-hoo! The Oilers won! C'mon Game Six!

Fri May 1 02:38:48 MET DST 1998

Charlie Young

From: Down in Old Virginny

Wow! Finally we'll have a legit board-based CD of the Royal Albert Hall show, ranking with The Who's "Live at Leeds" and John Fogerty's upcoming live album as some of the most edgy and energetic rock'n'roll ever caught in concert. Last night I caught a concert by Rick Danko's old Woodstock neighbor, John Sebastian, at the Barns of Wolf Trap here in Virginia. John and his jug band--including the great old Woodstock singer Geoff Muldaur and brilliant blues talents Annie Raines and Paul Rischell--blew away the crowd with fresh versions of old blues tunes and some new Sebastian stuff in the same vein. There were only a couple of old Lovin' Spoonful tunes tossed in, and Sebastian seemed happier on stage than he has in years. Welcome back John!

Fri May 1 02:33:42 MET DST 1998

Big Jim

Right on Tiny, I agree. Jim Weider, a trailblazer? I think not. Robertson's story is a much more interesting one, don't you think? " she got ways just like a baby child, play it for me Robbie."

Fri May 1 02:23:20 MET DST 1998


robbie's guitar is beautiful on crazy love from the phenomenom soundtrack. nobody ever played slow blues like rr. he has always said more with less. SOUL

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