NEXT installment of my series on classic records that were made under inauspicious circumstances:
And indeed, for many people, The Band are the 60s — the 1860s, that is.
Their Southern fried rock contemporaries, Creedence Clearwater Revival, have been called “Andrew Jackson’s house band.” With “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” The Band could’ve landed that job in the Jefferson Davis “administration.”
But The Band’s apparent determination to look like Lincoln assassination “wanted” posters wasn’t just a flaky fashion statement, or a smug one, like the hippies’ later embrace of that morbid hicksville sideshow, Wisconsin Death Trip.
Quite the opposite. Maybe The Band was, consciously or otherwise, trying to recalibrate their furious, spoiled generation’s perspective.
I forgot to add — the baby was sleeping…