Sunday, 14 January 2018

The First Time With... Series 3 - 6. Robbie Robertson

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 3 - 6. ROBBIE ROBERTSON (320kbs-m4a/132mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 5th December 2017

Robbie Robertson shares the musical milestones of his life in an interview with Matt Everitt first broadcast in 2011.

Robbie Robertson's music is woven through American cultural history in remarkable way - and he's rightly seen as something of a creative godhead in the US and his home country of Canada. In this episode of The First Time, Robertson gives a rare interview and discusses his childhood and the influence of his combined Mohawk and Canadian parentage, becoming the precocious guitarist in the Hawks at the dawn of the 60s and his bond with the early rock n roll scene, as it swept across the world.

And happily - for someone who has often distanced himself from his past - Robertson also talks about his time as a key member and songwriter with the Band - one of the greatest groups in music history; responsible for the legendary Songs From Big Pink album and whose authentic, folk and country-influenced music, shifted the psychedelic flamboyance of the late 60s scene into a more soulful direction.

Robertson also recalls the Band backing Bob Dylan on his first electric tour, which caused huge shock waves, even prompting cries of "Judas" in Europe.

Now a well-respected solo artist, Robertson chats about his role as a music director for Martin Scorsese, a role he's enjoyed since the 80s, working on Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Casino, The Departed and Shutter Island.

The Band - Up On Cripple Creek [Capitol]
Hank Williams - I Saw The Light [Polydor]
Little Richard - Rip It Up [Mercury]
Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes [Charly]
Ronnie Hawkins - Someone Like You [Columbia]
Bob Dylan - Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat [CBS]
The Band - The Weight [Capitol]
The Band - Rag Mama Rag [Capitol]
The Ronettes - Be My Baby [RCA]
The Band - Theme From The Last Waltz [Warner Bros]
The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down [Rhino]
Dinah Washington & Max Richter - This Bitter Earth/On The Nature Of Daylight [Fat Cat]
Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down The Crazy River [Geffen]
Curtis Mayfield - People Get Ready [Eagle Vision]

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