New Documentary Examines Robbie Robertson and The Band

The Band

The Band was one of the most influential rock bands of all time. From backing Bob Dylan to their fiery Last Waltz, the group’s music and legacy have been the stuff of legend. Now, fans can get a new perspective on the group in a documentary called Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band.

Told from the viewpoint of guitarist Robertson, it follows his journey and the rise and fall of The Band. “The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, together making their mark on music history,” a press release states. “ONCE WERE BROTHERS blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs and interviews with Robertson’s friends and collaborators including Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and more.”

The Band was anchored by the incredible Rick Danko, who was often seen with an Ampeg bass or a Gibson Grabber. After the band’s split following The Last Waltz, Danko pursued a solo career and released a self-titled debut in 1977. He would tour with Boz Scaggs, Paul Butterfield, Ringo Starr, and more before The Band reunited – without Robertson – to record three more albums. He passed away in 1999.

Check out the Once Were Brothers trailer:

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band is in select theaters now. Find showtimes on its official website.

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  1. Stefka

    Sandy Konikoff played for them. Drummer extraordinaire. Alive and living in Buffalo NY