Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bob Dylan & The Band – Down in the Flood

Dylan going electric is one of the turning points of rock music history. It also marked the formation of one of music’s most influential and enduring groups, The Band. Although they were basically Dylan’s backup band for the electric tour, The Band – Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helms, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel – were more than glorified session players. They soaked up what they learned from playing for/with Dylan and used it to forge their own place in music history. The movie, with a run time of close to two hours, the film is filled with details about the music and the men who made it; if anything it’s a bit too exhaustive. There are too many people telling virtually the same stories over and over again. A little editing would go a long way to making a good movie like this great.

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