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Meet Craig Harris, Author of The Band - Pioneers of Americana Music

Monday, May 12, 2014

6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music by Craig Harris

The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music chronicles the successes and struggles of the five-piece group that countered Rock’s rebellion, inspired scores of artists including The Beatles, Eric Clapton, and the Grateful Dead, and paved the foundation for today’s Americana groups, including the Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show, and the Civil Wars. A decade and a half after they last played a note together, The Band remains an important influence on popular music, and Harris’ biography tells their story like never before.

The Band: Pioneers of Americana Musicexplores the diverse influences on the quintet's music, and the impact that their music had in turn on contemporary music and American society. Through previously unpublished interviews with Robbie Robertson, Eric Andersen, Pete Seeger, and the late Rick Danko, as well as numerous other sources, Craig Harris surveys The Band's musical journey from sidemen for, among others, Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan to rock legendry in their own right. The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music touches on the evolution of rock and roll, the electrifying of folk music, shifting perceptions of the American south, and the commercializing of the counter-culture.“This book sets the record straight about The Band,” said the author, “who they were and how they changed modern society.”

Included among the sixteen photographs, by Harris, in the book, are previously unpublished photographs of Band members Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, and Richard Manuel.

Book Sale and Signing to Follow

What people are saying aboutThe Band: Pioneers of Americana Music

“Author Craig Harris has an obvious passion for Americana music in general, and for The Band in particular. This detailed account of one of our most iconic musical entities, and the scene that surrounded them, should be on the shelf of every fan of American roots music”

(Happy Traum, guitarist, performer, owner of Homespun Music Instruction, Woodstock, NY)

“Craig Harris paints his masterpiece, guiding us through five decades of music history as seen by The Band. Drawing on interviews with Band members and their colleagues, Harris takes us with them to see how the Band and the music scene shaped each other from the 1960s to the 21st Century”

(Art Menius, Executive Director, the Arts Center, Carrboro, NC)

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