The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music

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At a time when Acid Rock and Heavy Metal dominated popular music, The Band rebelled against the rebellion with tight ensemble arrangements, masterful musicianship, impressionable lead vocals, earthened harmonies, highly literate lyrics, and a respect for the musical traditions of the American South. Comprised of Canadians Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson, and Arkansas-born Levon Helm, The Band sparked a new appreciation for America's musical roots, fusing R&B, jump blues, country, folk, boogie-woogie, swing, Cajun, New Orleans-style jazz, and rock, and setting the foundations for the Americana that would take hold 30 years later. The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music explores the diverse influences on the quintet's music, and the impact that their music had in turn on contemporary music and American society. Through previously unpublished interviews with Robbie Robertson, Eric Andersen, Pete Seeger, and the late Rick Danko, as well as numerous other sources, Craig Harris surveys The Band's musical journey from sidemen for, among others, Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan to rock legendry in their own right. The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music touches on the evolution of rock and roll, the electrifying of folk music, unionism, the Civil Rights Movement, changes in radio formatting, shifting perceptions of the American south, and the commercializing of the counter-culture, as well as drug dependency, alcoholism, suicide, greed, and the struggle against cancer.Harris takes readers from The Band's ground-breaking albums,  "Music from Big Pink" and "The Band,"  through their final releases and solo recordings, as well as their historic appearances at Woodstock, the Isle of Wight Festival (with Dylan), Watkins Glen (with the Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead), and the Last Waltz (with an all-star cast). Sixteen previously unpublished photographs, by the author, are included. "This book sets the record straight about The Band," he said, "who they were and how they changed modern society."  
 

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Insatiable passion for music has been expressed for more than four decades by author, photographer, educator, and percussionist, Craig Harris. Writing about music (and photographing musicians) since 1971, his work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and websites. Author of The New Folk Music (White Cliffs Media) and The Heartbeat, Warble, and Electric Powwow: Native America's Musical Tapestry (forthcoming), he was a major contributor to Music Hound Folk Music: Essential Album Guide and Music Hound World Music: Essential Album Guide (Viking Ink). Playing drums and hand percussion since his preteens, he has appeared in concert and/or recordings with Rod MacDonald, CJ Chenier, Jonathan Edwards, Greg Brown, the Fast Folk Music Revue, Gaea Star Band, and the late Merl Saunders and Rick Danko (The Band). He currently performs with Western Massachusetts-based Stillbridge. A skilled auteur, Harris has served as staff photographer of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, since its inception, in 1988, and his photographs have exhibited throughout New England. Possessing a master's degree in education, he taught music in public and charter schools for a quarter of a century before launching his award-winning, multicultural, and participatory Drum Away the Blues program.

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In The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music, Harris traces the music back through the folk movement, the Civil Rights struggle, and into the rock era. He also takes readers through each of The Bands' albums and the historic performances at Woodstock, the Isle of Wight and Watkins Glen. In addition to the music, the author examines the factors that shaped society and helped form the counterculture. All of it plays a role in how The Band came to be the unique musical outfit it was. (The Sun Chronicle)

In this book, veteran music writer Craig Harris goes way beyond the basic facts, telling almost everything that happened each step off the way. Although Harris is a fan, this is not a fan book; he tells the truth about the band, the good and the bad. It's a fascinating read, if you love the work of The Band, as I do, and it's maybe the best introduction to the group you'll find if you're aren't already familiar with them and their work. . . .There's a lot of material out there on The Band. Craig Harris's book doesn't just join the parade, it leads it. (Rambles.NET)

Harris dissects each of The Band’s albums, the individual member’s solo releases, other’s contributions and lists songs that showed up later in various places. His research is extensive, but the overall pace through these 200 pages is breezy and entertaining. I really loved The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music, but then again I love The Band. Their story surely needed to be told beyond just all that wonderful music they made. Harris tells it wonderfully. (Vintage Rock)

I love simple hard won stories like this, histories of groups that reveal as much about the musicians featured as it does the times they worked in. There are not many stones left un-turned here—there’s particular good stuff on Dylan 'going electric'—and lots about the individual members of this five piece as well as Harris really looking deeply into the individual songs. Craig Harris tells their story brilliantly in just about 200 pages of his book The Band: Pioneers of American Music. (Short and Sweet NYC)

It is difficult, if not impossible or inadvisable, to consider Bob Dylan and The Band separately. Theirs was an artistic event horizon that changed much of music afterwards. Writer and percussionist Craig Harris has lovingly committed to pixels The Band: Pioneers of American Music, the thoroughly researched and considered story of the Band, and necessarily, its relationship with Dylan. In doing so, he gives a succinct history of the surrounding aural terrain: Arkansas Delta Blues, singer Ronnie Hawkins, late-1950s' territory bands, Dylan's 1965 electric-acoustic schism, the rise of FM AOR (album-oriented rock) dominance in the early 1970s and essential ephemera like that. Harris' writing style is very user friendly. While his in-text references are voluminous, they never get in the way of the writing or the story he tells. Neither does his impressive research ever bog down the reading. He has honed his story to the bare essentials and in doing so, show the bright gleam of that brief decade that defined and then changed so much of American popular music. . . . The importance of the band cannot be overstated and Harris' taut account does the band proper justice. (All About Jazz)

Craig Harris has an obvious passion for Americana music in general, and for The Band in particular. This detailed account of one of our most iconic musical entities, and the scene that surrounded them, should be on the shelf of every fan of American roots music. (Happy Traum, guitarist, performer, owner of Homespun Music Instruction, Woodstock, NY)

Craig Harris paints his masterpiece, guiding us through five decades of music history as seen by The Band. Drawing on interviews with Band members and their colleagues, Harris takes us with them to see how the Band and the music scene shaped each other from the 1960s to the 21st Century. (Art Menius, Executive Director, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC)

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