24 episodes

Exploring the history of Canadian-American roots rock group, The Band.

The Band: A History The Band: A History

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    • 4.8 • 109 Ratings

Exploring the history of Canadian-American roots rock group, The Band.

    The Last Waltz - Part One

    The Last Waltz - Part One

    “None of us truly understood where we were headed, but we knew change was inevitable.”
    The Band meant something, their music had spoken to many. Whether that meant flying from another continent, taking a train cross country, selling their worldly possessions or quitting a job, even the slightest hint that The Band could hang it up caused a reaction, a tidal wave. 
    And while uncertainty hung in the air for everyone involved and feelings were mixed. The Last Waltz as it was titled, was about to become a defining moment for a group of four Canadians and one American that had spent the better of sixteen years making music together.
    Certainly, it was unfathomable to think November 25, 1976 was about to become one of the defining music moments of the decade, let alone popular music history. The alchemy The Band concocted that evening with seventeen of music's biggest stars will forever be etched into history.
    Produced, hosted and edited by Tyrell William Lisson. Additional writing and research by Oscar Ashley.
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    • 40 min
    All Our Past Times

    All Our Past Times

    The release of Northern Lights - Southern Cross seemed like a new beginning or a re-conquering of rock music for The Band, but that was all critical appraisal. Northern Lights - Southern Cross publicly and privately held very different truths. 
    Deemed a comeback, and with that the expectation The Band resumed their mantle as kings of authentic rock music, The Band didn’t really see it that way on the inside. As critical praise mounted, starting with their massive tour with Dylan in 1974 through the release of a very solid album in Northern Lights - Southern Cross, the members of The Band were steadily declining. 
    Thus begins the story again, confused, frustrated and angry, The Band took their talents to the works of Neil Diamond and Eric Clapton. However, this time it was a breaking point. They didn’t know it, or maybe they did, but it was only a matter of time before the glass house shattered. 
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    • 44 min
    Interview: Jonathan Taplin

    Interview: Jonathan Taplin

    Fans of The Band may know Jonathan Taplin from his time as a road manger for The Band, but Jon’s career spans several decades in multiple industries. 
    A Princeton grad who marched with Martin Luther King, he was drawn to folk music from people like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and soon found himself working for Albert Grossman, Dylan’s manager.
    Not long after he went on to work with The Band for several years during their seminal years making their second album, playing Woodstock, Isle of Wight and much more. He left The Band in 1971 to do a number of things from his time with the Rolling Stones, producing movies like Mean Streets with Martin Scorsese to coming back into the fold and producing The Last Waltz. 
    Jonathan is now an academic and author and his latest book "The Magic Years: Scenes From A Rock N Roll Life" is coming out May 14. You can learn more and pre-order the book here.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Interview: Jan Høiberg

    Interview: Jan Høiberg

    The Band: A History sits down with Jan Høiberg, the curator and owner of https://theband.hiof.no, the number one resource for all things Band related. Started in 1994, the website grew to become the official website of The Band. As years passed Jan became friendly with Band members Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson, travelling to Woodstock, New York on several occasions.
    Høiberg has run the website from Norway for over twenty-seven years, and his obsession as an eighteen year old kid seeing The Last Waltz in 1980 has led to to creating one the finest resources on the web.
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    • 40 min
    Northern Lights - Southern Cross

    Northern Lights - Southern Cross

    “It took us coming in there to get them all in the studio with one another because there was a lot of bitching” Clapton reminisces about The Band’s state of mind in 1975.⁠
    For all the success The Band had, The group was never truly able to become that cohesive group that they once were. Like timeless other examples in other bands, priorities were different, opinions were divided and drugs and alcohol blurred the lines even further.⁠
    ⁠Would the group be able to put aside their differences momentarily to go into their new studio and put together an album? ⁠

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    • 45 min
    Shangri-La

    Shangri-La

    “Nobody’s done what Bob Dylan’s done for us over the years. He helped Rick and Richard write those songs and was part of our workshop. Bob Dylan knew that The Band was not in great shape, and he wanted to help us out of the sense of goodness he felt for us.”
    Pressure was mounting on The Band who hadn't put out a critically acclaimed album in some years, nor were they getting on personally like the once had. With the group calling California home, and setting up in Malibu they established a new clubhouse, Shangri-La, hoping to recreate some of the magic they once had in upstate New York. 
    Tour problems were also mounting, the drugs and alcohol were becoming an issue again and The Band’s headlining gigs were not as successful as they had hoped. While The Band wasn’t having much personal success, on their own they were keeping busy. Rick and Levon worked with Neil Young on his album “On The Beach”, Robbie had a third child and Garth met his future wife. 
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

southern dragon ,

History made entertaining

I’ve known bits and pieces of the Band’s history and of course the member’s names and some of their back stories but this is a fantastic way to fill in the loose ends of the path they took and the way they walked it.
Highly recommended podcast listening in my humble opinion.

nickname to be named later ,

Interesting and enjoyable

I have been intrigued by The Band and have been reading and listening to everything I’ve found on them during the pandemic. Why wasn’t I into them in high school??!! I would have loved to hear them, specifically Levon, in person. Regardless, this podcast has been excellent and I’ve listened to nearly all of it now. One minor error unrelated to The Band—in one episode it was explained that Janis Joplin died 8/24/70 and that’s incorrect (10/4/70). Keep up the great work, it’s been fun so far. Many thanks!

la cheesery ,

Talk a bit faster

Only complaint is the narrator is just speaking a little too slowly. Tried at 1 1/2 speed but then everyone else sounds like chipmunks lol

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