27 episodes

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

The Band: A History The Band: A History

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

    The Last Waltz - Part Two

    The Last Waltz - Part Two

    Backstage The Band were a mix of emotions. Robertson recalls an “anxious but ready” Scorsese, and that each member of the Band was calm and collected.
    At around nine the The Berkeley Promenade Orchestra left stage and the house lights slowly dimmed. A large curtain of shimmering confetti lit from all sides was let down in front of the stage, chandeliers were then lowered to a position above the stage, increasing in glow as they descended.
    Suddenly, in the darkness, a spotlight erupted on Levon Helm, who kicked things off at 9:07. "Good evening..."
    Produced, hosted and edited by Tyrell William Lisson. Additional writing and research by Oscar Ashley.
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    • 55 min
    Interview: The Manuel Archive

    Interview: The Manuel Archive

    Originally released on The Band: A History's Patreon. We sit down and talk with Breanna McCann, the curator and archivist behind the new project The Manuel Archive. 
    We discuss her love of The Band, and how it started with their song "Acadian Driftwood", her passion for sixties and seventies culture, film and music and what her motivation was for starting The Manuel Archive. Breanna also talks about her interest in Richard Manuel as well as her opinion on his portrayal from writers, critics and his own bandmates. 
    It was a pleasure to talk about The Band and Richard with Breanna, anytime there is a new project that I come across that is related to The Band it gets me ecstatic. I encourage you all to follow The Manuel Archive on Twitter.
    For those interested in the song playing in the intro and outro of the show that is a Richard penned, Band demo entitled "Words and Numbers". Written and demoed sometime in 1967. It was never released on an official Band studio album.
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    • 38 min
    Interview: Joe Forno Jr

    Interview: Joe Forno Jr

    This week we sit down and chat with Joe Forno. Forno was born in Woodstock, New York. His father an influential local and was friendly with The Band. Forno graduated Albany College of Pharmacy in 1973 and had a career as a pharmacist before assisting Richard Manuel and Levon Helm with their business dealings in 1983 that eventually lead to Forno managing The Band after Richard Manuel’s unfortunate death in 1986. 
    We talk to Joe about his career managing The Band, his personal relationships with Richard, Rick, Garth and Levon and some large revelations about the group in his new book, Levon’s Man: The Death of Richard Manuel, And My Decade Managing The Band.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    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.
    The Band: A History is part of Pantheon Podcasts. Listen to The Band: A History and a variety of other great podcasts over on Pantheon.
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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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    • 45 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 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

aehunter66 ,

Perfecto

Everything about how the topic is handled as a podcast is perfect here. Start at the beginning and just gobble it up.

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!

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