The Band's rich sound and everyman aesthetic may come from more than the sum of their parts, but the cinematic songwriting sprang from the mind and fingers of Robbie Robertson. With a preternatural ability to cast his bandmates in roles that seemingly no one else could play, Robertson's wise-beyond-his-years storytelling - paired with his musical cohorts' alchemy - changed the way music was made across the world. Beyond the writing, Robertson was also one of the most tasteful lead guitarists to ever don the strap - not to mention his Alain-Delon-meets-Arthur-Rimbaud sex appeal. After he left The Band, his good-looks and stage presence led him to a brief acting career, as well as a successful, critically-acclaimed solo recording career. Along with Martin Scorsese, Robertson was the visionary behind The Last Waltz, The Band's genre-defining concert film. Robertson and Scorcese forged a creative partnership that lasted over forty illustrious years.
As only he could, Robbie takes us through what made The Band greater than the sum of its parts.