TORONTO, April 11 /CNW/ - Robbie Robertson, one of the premier
guitarists and songwriters of the rock era, will recount his eventful
personal and musical journey in a memoir to be released simultaneously
in Canada by The Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group and in the U.S.
by Crown Publishers. The book, which is as yet untitled, will be issued
in print and digital formats. A publication date has not yet been set.
In his book, Robertson will chronicle in intimate and colorful detail
his childhood as the son of a Canadian Mohawk mother and Jewish father;
his precocious early music career, including his formative time
with Ronnie Hawkins as a member of the legendary rocker's backup band
The Hawks; his adventurous solo journey to the American deep south as a
teenager; the formation of The Band, including his account of The
Band's role in Bob Dylan's groundbreaking and then-controversial
"electric" world tour in 1966; and his later work with Dylan, who
famously praised Robertson as, "the only mathematical guitar genius
I've ever run into who doesn't offend my intestinal nervousness with
his rearguard sound."
Robertson will also describe the making of the seminal album Music from Big Pink; the eventual breakup of The Band; the making of the film The Last Waltz with Martin Scorsese; and his later solo and collaborative work with
other musicians and filmmakers. In narrating his life in his own
distinctive voice, Robertson will create an autobiography that will be
as revelatory as his songs have been and that will offer new insights
into the history of rock music and the mind of one of the most
significant artistic voices of our time. He is a recipient of the Order
of Canada and will soon be honoured by Canada Post with a national
commemorative stamp. Robertson's latest album, How To Become Clairvoyant, was released to great acclaim on April 5th.
The announcement was made today by Louise Dennys, Executive Publisher,
The Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group and Molly Stern, Senior Vice
President, Publisher, Crown Publishers.
Louise Dennys acquired Canadian , electronic book, and first and second
serial rights in partnership with Crown Publishers from Robbie
Robertson's agent, Ryan Fischer-Harbage of The Fischer-Harbage Agency.
Said Dennys, "When I met Robbie Robertson, and listened to his stories,
it was clear that only he should tell the story of his life - a story
that takes us through the most tumultuous and exciting musical era of
our times, and the many larger than life musicians who inhabited it so
powerfully. Through the birth of rock he was one of the greats, he know
and played with many. He is a legendary musician and a legendary
Canadian. Robertson's insight into the times comes from being a central
player in that world. His passion for North American Native music pays
tribute to his Mohawk roots that mean so much to him. Robbie Robertson
will be telling us a remarkable and entertaining story in his
One of the most influential songwriters and performers of the rock era,
Robbie Robertson was born in 1943 in Toronto, Ontario. He has been
inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall
of Fame, and was named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All
Time by Rolling Stone magazine He is best known as the guitarist and primary songwriter
for The Band, for which he wrote such classics as "The Weight," "The
Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Up On Cripple Creek," among
many other songs.
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