Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, and Levon Helm first entered the national spotlight in 1965-66, while touring as Bob Dylan’s backup band under the moniker “The Hawks.” Following the famed world tour, the group – Dylan in tow – settled in the Woodstock, New York area. It was in during this time that they began performing as “The Band,” and undertook a sustained collaboration with Dylan that resulted in the 1974 release of The Basement Tapes, while concurrently writing their debut album, Music from Big Pink (1968).
Their debut album was, to quote Barney Hoskins, “a unique white-gospel country-funk style was patented and never successfully copied. ‘To us,’ says Robbie Robertson, ‘Southern music that was white or black all got swirled in the same gumbo.’ Big Pink was the sound of all the Hawks’ R&B and country influences filtered through Dylan’s poetics.” (Hoskins, 94).
This grouping of candid photographs depicts The Band at play in their famed West Saugerties hideaway “Big Pink,” so called for its vibrant pink siding. This lot includes a substantial number of images of Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko playing football, in addition to a number of images of Levon (holding a shotgun), Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel posing in front of a U-Haul, and a young Robbie Robertson posing with his white-clad and bouquet-bearing wife-to-be, Dominique Bourgeois, on their wedding day.
A playful collection of images of the famed rock band at “Big Pink”
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