Band documentary - history belongs to the victors?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by klasher, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. rjtwangs

    rjtwangs Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jan 18, 2010
    Reston, Virginia
    It's nice to see the great Earl Cate get a bit of notice. They don't make em' like Earl Cate any more, Earl was given his tele in 1954, it's been his number one since then.
    You should check out both the Cate Brothers and the band Earl & Them....


    Sorry, didn't mean to hijack the thread...
  2. fretWalkr

    fretWalkr TDPRI Member

    Apr 10, 2019
    So the title of this documentary is "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band"? Say what? That's like if McCartney came out with a Beatles documentary titled "Once Were Fab: Paul McCartney and the Beatles." And left Ringo out of the interview.

    I saw the band at their peak playing in Memphis which was as close as it ever got to being a hometown audience for Levon. It was one of the best concerts I have ever seen. But Robbie always seemed the weakest and least important musically.

    I do give him credit for his songwriting, work ethic and business acumen. But it was never Robbie Robbertson and the Band. Rewriting history like that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2019
  3. Bellacaster

    Bellacaster Tele-Holic

    Sep 5, 2010
    Ypsilanti, MI
    One of my favorite parts of the book is where they get stiffed playing some country bunker that was know for stiffing musicians and they dragged their equipment out and burned the place down. The cops showed up and said the owner had it coming to him. The book is packed with great stories.
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  4. klasher

    klasher Tele-Holic

    Apr 26, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA
    I kind of thought the same thing, but then I thought maybe they titled it that way because Robbie's is the voice of the narration you're hearing in the movie? I know that's probably being naive, but that's the only thing I could come up with in my feeble attempt to give Robbie and Scorsese the benefit of the doubt.
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