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The Basement Tapes and the Tangled Roots of an Old, Weird America
 

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The Hawks become the Band....

The Hawks become the Band.

Woodstock, NY in the late 1960s.

From "Music from Big Pink" to "The Last Waltz"

The Basement Tapes - remaking old music and creating a bootleg culture

Greil Marcus's Old, Weird America and the Anthology again

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    The Basement Tapes and the Tangled Roots of an Old, Weird America The Basement Tapes and the Tangled Roots of an Old, Weird America Presentation Transcript

    • THEBASEMENTTAPESAND THE TANGLEDROOTS OF AN OLD,WEIRD AMERICA
    • THE HAWKS★ Ronnie Hawkins, 1958-64★ Bob Dylan, 1965-66
    • [VIDEO: “TELL ME, MAMA” (1966)]
    • WOODSTOCKBIG PINK
    • THE BAND★ Robbie Robertson★ Garth Hudson★ Rick Danko★ Richard Manuel★ Levon Helm
    • MUSIC FROM BIG PINK
    • THE LAST WALTZ (1976)
    • [VIDEO: “THE NIGHT THEYDROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN”]
    • [VIDEO: “FOREVER YOUNG / BABY, LET ME FOLLOW YOU DOWN”]
    • THE BASEMENT TAPES ★ 1975 ★ An album “with the windows open and a dog lying on the floor”
    • THE FIRST BOOTLEG
    • THE BOOTLEG SERIES★ 9 volumes so far★ Generally great
    • bobsboots.com JUST THE “M”S VINYL COMPACT DISC
    • THE OLD, WEIRD AMERICA★ Greil Marcus book, 1997★ Sourcing and understanding the Basement Tapes★ Alt. title: “Invisible Republic”
    • SOURCES★ Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music★ Johnny Cash★ The “American Songbag,” broadly speaking
    • DOCK BOGGS AGAIN ★ “Hard Luck Blues” ★ A primordial gangsta
    • MEANINGS★ What are these songs about? Why do they matter?★ One possibility: escaping the self, especially for the first time, through records
    • NEXT MEETING★ “Orpheus in the Pantheon”: Collaborations and Covers★ Read Wilentz on the Beats★ Listen to Collaborations playlist