Eric Clapton (Cream, The Yardbirds)
The Band’s earthy synthesis of country and early rock drew on folklore and fable, attaining near mythic static itself.
Revered for their musical prowess and unique blend of sounds, the Band has performed everywhere with everyone. Who else can say they backed Bob Dylan, played Watkins Glen with Grateful Dead and gave a farewell concert with Neil Young, Muddy Waters and Joni Mitchell immortalized on film by Martin Scorsese? The Band, more than any other group, put rock and roll back in touch with its roots.
Hall of Fame Essay
Few debut albums had such far-reaching impact as The Band’s 1968 release Music From Big Pink. The Band went completely against the grain of the existing pop mainstream to produce some of the most enduring music in history.
The strident political messages and introverted lyric fantasies of psychedelia and the frenzied instrumental soloing of a genre suddenly freed from the strictures of the three-minute single were the dominant tropes of rock style at the time.
a standard of craft that really didn’t bow down to any kind of commerciality
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