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“Hoskyns has managed to make the less glamorous business of being a band come so alive. The attention to fluctuations in group chemistry and morale, on stage and in the studio, is steeped in the author’s engaging fascination with the minutiae of how rock music gets made. It makes for a surprisingly refreshing and admirable read.” — Sunday Times
Posted May 30, 2009
The Band is simultaneously one of the least and most documented modern American musical groups. Hoskyns fills in the gaps with the backstories of the individual members, tracking their time spent backing Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan, and offering some really great details on the artists' techniques and personalities. What makes the book outstanding is its cataloging of Band members' statements over the years on music in general, the industry, various other artists, America, their collective and individual musical ambitions, and (of most interest to the fan) their songs.
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