Across the Great Divide: The Band and America
By
Ridge Hardy
4/26/2007 10:38:29 AM

Author Barney Hoskyns presents the definitive portrait of the Band in the revised and expanded Across the Great Divide: The Band and America [Hal Leonard]. Tracing their roots from their native Canada to Levon Helmís Arkansas, the complex tale of this legendary group of musicians is told in sparkling clarity. Like a lot of The Bandís music, the language presented in this book is audible, sparse, and concise; appealing to musical tastes of every palate. From their days as Bob Dylanís band to their own mainstream success, every event, person, and thing is beautifully approached in this harrowing chronicle of a group revered by the critics- and lesser known by the public. Meticulously researched and painstakingly detailed, this is a must for any serious music loverís library.

Drawing from archival photographs and insightful new interviews, Hoskyns blasts the group into the 21st Century. If you donít leave this biography without an appreciation for the group, all systems have failed. Hoskyns pulls no punches in examining and broadcasting the groupís personal lives, thus shedding light on the humanity beneath the music, the heart of the matter. A thinly veiled soap opera fraught with drama, suicide, and heartbreak, Barney Hoskynsís new biography of the Band is simply superb.

 

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