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Robbie Robertson and The Band Documentary Due Out This Fall

The Band in 1969
The Band in 1969: (left to right) Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko

A new documentary on Robbie Robertson and The Band is in the works and expected to hit theaters this fall. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band chronicles the history of the group, from their start as The Hawks, to touring with Bob Dylan, to becoming one of the most influential groups of all time.

In addition to its theatrical release, the film will be available on Canadian streaming service, Crave, early next year.

Once Were Brothers is inspired by Robertson’s best-selling memoir Testimony, and features rare archival footage as well as guest interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and Peter Gabriel among others.

“I have no idea what they said about me,” Robertson tells Billboard. “The filmmakers aren’t going, ‘We’re trying to see if we can get a bunch of famous people in this.’ They’re really focused on the filmmaking and telling a story that we haven’t heard before. I’m looking forward to seeing what they’re doing.

“Robbie and The Band are the stuff of rock n’ roll mythology,” Justin Wilkes, president of Grazer and Howard’s Imagine Documentaries, said in a press release. “As a Woodstock native, the Big Pink house loomed large in my cultural psyche growing up and like many, many others, the music sure made a lasting impression. The gospel according to Robbie is a wild, cinematic ride and we here at Imagine are honored to partner with [director Daniel Roher] and an illustrious band of producers in sharing Robbie’s story with the world.”

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