Flashback: Bob Dylan Play 'Hazel' in Rare 'Last Waltz' Video

April 14, 2015

When the Band decided to stage a farewell concert on Thanksgiving in 1976 they wanted to pack the stage with as many rock icons as possible, making even the Concert for Bangladesh seem like a minor affair by comparison. They aimed high, inviting Neil...



Watch Martin Scorsese Break Down 'The Last Waltz'

November 26, 2014

During a recent chat with Rolling Stone about his new documentary The 50 Year Argument, which chronicles the rise and influence of The New York Review of Books, director Martin Scorsese looked back on one of his most famous docs, the Band's The Last...


The Murk and Mystique: Greil Marcus on 'The Basement Tapes'

November 5, 2014

"They've got it all," Garth Hudson said to me almost 20 years ago, when bootlegs collecting more than a hundred Basement Tapes performances were circulating. I was writing a book on the sessions; we were in his storage space in upstate New York,...


40 Greatest Rock Documentaries

August 15, 2014

The movies started flirting with what would be called "rock & roll" from the very beginning, slapping Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" onto a scene in the juvenile-delinquent drama The Blackboard Jungle (1955) and co-opting Elvis...


The Untold Story of Dylan's 'Basement Tapes': The New Issue

November 5, 2014

Forty-six years after Rolling Stone first alerted the world to the existence of Bob Dylan's secret Basement Tapes sessions, the complete recordings are finally getting a commercial release — and we're commemorating the occasion with a cover...


8 Things We Learned Diving Into Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes'

November 5, 2014

The mystery is over: 47 years after they were recorded in a cinderblock-walled cellar near Woodstock, New York, Bob Dylan's much-circulated home recordings with the Band are finally being released in full. The six-disc The Basement Tapes Complete:...



The Band Play Woodstock

November 26, 2013

The roughly half million people at Woodstock had endured a lot by the time the Band took the stage at 10 p.m. on the final night of the three-day festival. The traffic jam, rain, mud and notorious bad brown acid made for some tough times, as did the basic...

Album Review

Live at the Academy of Music 1971

September 23, 2013

In these days of near-instantaneous, shit-sounding YouTube bootlegs, it's hard to recall how great live recordings can be. Rock of Ages is indeed a great live recording – in his 1972 Rolling Stone review, included in this reissue, Ralph J. Gleason...


The Band Cover Springsteen in 1994

August 15, 2013

The Band may have said farewell at The Last Waltz in 1976, but just seven years later, they were back on the road. Guitarist Robbie Robertson declined to participate, however, so the four other members soldiered on without him. The audiences were smaller...


Levon Helm's Last Years Captured in 'Ain't in It for My Health'

April 15, 2013

One night in August 2008, Levon Helm sat in his kitchen in Woodstock, New York after playing a Midnight Ramble gig in his barn, smoking some "northern Californian organic" and sharing stories with friends like Billy Bob Thornton and Chris Robinson. When...


Rehearsal Footage for 'Love for Levon'

March 18, 2013

Last October, musicians and friends gathered in New Jersey to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Levon Helm, who died last April at age 71. Roger Waters, John Mayer, Gregg Allman, Ray LaMontagne, Dierks Bentley and My Morning Jacket were among...


Garth Hudson's Belongings Sold at Garage Sale

February 25, 2013

The Band's Garth Hudson saw some of his belongings sold off this weekend by his landlord in a Kingston, New York, garage sale after failing to pay rent on his loft space for about seven years, the Times Herald-Record reports. The multi-instrumentalist,...


What Is the Greatest Song by The Band?

November 29, 2013

The original incarnation of the Band lasted only eight years, but during that time they released seven albums, toured relentlessly and wrote a stunning amount of incredible songs. Most bands that lasted five times that long can only dream of a legacy...


Wilco, Guster and Furthur Members to Recreate 'The Last Waltz'

November 22, 2013

Almost 37 years to the day after the Band staged their farewell gig, the "Last Waltz," at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, members of Wilco, Furthur, Guster, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Blitzen Trapper, Delta Spirit and many other groups are coming...


Song Premiere: Robbie Robertson Revisits 'Smoke Signal'

September 10, 2013

Just after midnight at the Band's 1971 New Year's Eve blowout at New York's Academy of Music, they gave their fans a truly major surprise: Bob Dylan, whom they backed on his generation-shaking 1965-66 tour. Dylan arrived onstage looking remarkably like...


Levon Helm Documentary Premiering in April

April 1, 2013

The documentary Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm will make its U.S. theatrical debut on April 19th, the first anniversary of Helm's death. The film will premiere at Cinema Village in New York before showing in select cities. Elton John,...


Garth Hudson Auction on Hold

March 15, 2013

Late last month, several of Garth Hudson’s belongings were sold to the public by a Kingston, New York landlord who claimed Hudson failed to pay more than $50,000 in storage space fees. The event drew Hudson supporters after the former Band keyboardist...


Elton John, Mumford & Sons to Honor Levon Helm at Grammys

February 6, 2013

The Midnight Ramble will roll on at the Grammys when Elton John and Mumford & Sons lead a tribute to the late Levon Helm, The Associated Press reports. As part of the awards show's in memoriam tribute, John and Mumford & Sons will be joined...