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dreamlifeof From: dreamlifeof Date: December 15th, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know about Margaret Mitchell, but I think the Band seem exotic today simply by contrast with what has come after them; endless reworking of former glories, with only occasional lights bright enough to eclipse for long the sunlike brilliance of the best 60's bands, among whom I would definitely include The Band. I actually believe The Smiths are the only musical act since THE LAST WALTZ was made who have truly left a legacy to equal that of the Beatles, Stones, Who, Beach Boys, Byrds, Kinks, Band et al.

I think there are a couple of reasons at least why The Band come off so magnificent and mighty now. Rock'n'roll was still venerated in a much more intense way by fans in 75 than today; there was still a sense that rock actually *meant* something, and that belief became something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. However, I think THE LAST WALTZ is a greater film than Scorsese or Robertson or anyone else could probably have envisioned in the seventies, because it can now be seen as an elegy for a music already dying, presented by five musicians with a broader grasp of the musical terrain they had crossed, and the musical times they had witnessed, than almost any of their contemporaries.

However, I believe it is that same musical articulacy, and respect for roots, combined with the iconoclastic restlessness and inventiveness of rock, that marked many of the best bands of the sixties. It gets almsot comically tedious to hear how every great band from The Beatles to Spinal Tap started out as an r'n'b outfit, but I think there's considerable significance to the way bands in the sixties respected the lineage of the music they loved. By contrast, a band like the Stone Roses clearly hark back no further than the Beatles and Zeppelin; the only 'blues' the Roses play is the third-hand, and rather stale, variety Jimmy Page purveys. And I can't imagine you could have much of a conversation about Sonny Boy Williamson with John Squire. Music has gradually starved itself of musicians who meaningfully drew on the origins and wellspring of the music they love. Bands and record companies been slowly stripping rock of its natural assets, and now they're pretty much all gone; no more diamonds, only zirconia. But back in the Band's day, the raw materials were bountiful and seemed limitless. And it was a glorious thing.

Sorry - didn't mean to write so much! Now I'll have to copy this and paste in my own journal so I don't lose my thoughts forever.
From: wrayb Date: December 15th, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

welcome to write all you can

i have some replies i wish to make but will try on another day when i'm not so sleepy.
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