Coming to select cinemas next month courtesy of Magnolia Pictures, watch the trailer for the music documentary Once Were Brothers...
Inspired by Robertson’s 2017 bestselling memoir Testimony, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, together making their mark on music history.
In a career spanning six decades, Robbie Robertson has continued to create as a songwriter, producer, performer, actor, author and film composer. A half-Mohawk, half-Jewish kid from Toronto, Robertson would travel from the dives of Yonge Street to the deep South as an ambitious 16-year-old on a musical mission. His raw talent would thrust him into the spotlight and put him at the centre of a cultural revolution, backing Bob Dylan on his notorious 1966 "electric" world tour and later, as a member of The Band, collaborating with Dylan on the ground-breaking Basement Tapes and inventing Americana with songs like The Weight, Up on Cripple Creek and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.
After 17 years, The Band called it quits with a lavish farewell concert on November 25th, 1976, at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, immortalised in the seminal concert film, The Last Waltz, directed by Martin Scorsese - considered by many as the greatest rock and roll film of all time.
Blending rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs and interviews with Robertson’s friends and collaborators including Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and more, Once Were Brothers comes to cinemas on February 21st.
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