About the Author
ROBBIE ROBERTSON: born in Toronto, his mother was Mohawk and he learned to play guitar on summer visits to the Six Nations Reserve. In Toronto in his teens he played in several bands, including Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks. As guitarist and principal songwriter for The Band, he performed with artists such as Bob Dylan (66 world tour), Chuck Berry, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond,The Grateful Dead and many more. The Band’s Music From Big Pink is revered by some of the biggest names in rock, including The Beatles, Clapton, Janis Joplin, and the Rolling Stones. In ’69, The Band were the first North American musical act featured on the cover of TIME, and Rock of Ages went gold. In ’74, The Band, with Dylan, released The Basement Tapes. The farewell movie, The Last Waltz, with The Band and many of the musical greats performing in support, is widely considered the greatest concert film ever made. Robertson has also produced great movie soundtracks for Scorsese and others–including Raging Bull and The Wolf of Wall Street. His most recent album, How to Become Clairvoyant, came out in 2011. A Member of the Order of Canada, he was honoured with a commemorative stamp, and has been inducted into all the Halls of Fame in Canada and the U.S. In the 90s he turned his attention and supportive efforts to Native Music, which continues to inspire his own music.