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ROBBIE ROBERTSON, LEGENDARY SONGWRITER AND GUITARIST, TO CHRONICLE HIS PERSONAL AND MUSICAL ODYSSEY IN MEMOIR SET FOR NORTH AMERICAN PUBLICATION BY CROWN AND THE KNOPF RANDOM CANADA PUBLISHING GROUP
(New York, NY — April 12, 2011) Robbie Robertson, one of the premier guitarists and songwriters of the rock era, will recount his eventful personal and musical journey in a memoir to be released simultaneously in the U.S. by Crown Publishers and in Canada by The Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group. The book, which is as yet untitled, will be issued in print and digital formats. A publication date has not yet been set. In his book, Robertson will chronicle in intimate and colorful detail his childhood as the son of a Jewish father and Canadian Mohawk mother; his precocious early music career, including his formative time with the legendary Ronnie Hawkins’ band; his adventurous solo journey to the American deep south as a teenager; the formation of The Band, including his account of The Band’s role in Bob Dylan’s groundbreaking and then-controversial “electric” world tour in 1966; and his later work with Dylan, who famously praised Robertson as, “the only mathematical guitar genius I’ve ever run into who doesn’t offend my intestinal nervousness with his rearguard sound.” Robertson will also describe the making of the seminal album Music from Big Pink; the eventual breakup of The Band; the making of the film The Last Waltz with Martin Scorsese; and his later solo and collaborative work with other musicians and filmmakers. In narrating his life in his own distinctive voice, Robertson will create an autobiography that will be as revelatory as his songs have been and that will offer new insights into the history of rock music and the mind one of the most significant artistic voices of our time. The announcement was made today by Molly Stern, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Crown Publishers, and Louise Dennys, Executive Publisher, The Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group. Charlie Conrad, Vice President, Executive Editor, Crown Publishers, acquired world, audio, electronic book, and first and second serial rights from Ryan Harbage of The Fischer-Harbage Agency, and will edit the book. Conrad previously served as the editor for Eric Clapton’s international bestselling autobiography, “Clapton.” - more -

Said Conrad, “Robbie Robertson is one of the most distinctive and important artists of the rock era and an accomplished storyteller who will bring to vivid life what is arguably the most exciting, tumultuous, and eventful period in modern cultural history. Throughout his life and career, Robbie has displayed an uncanny knack for finding himself at the very center of the defining social and musical events of the age, and his memoir will be as informative as it is entertaining.” One of the most influential songwriters and performers of the rock era, Robbie Robertson was born in 1943 in Toronto, Ontario. His most recent record, “How to Become Clairvoyant,” was released in North America on April 5 and debuted at #1 on Amazon.com. He has been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and was ranked in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He is well known for his membership as the guitarist and primary songwriter for The Band, for which he wrote such classics as “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” and “Up On Cripple Creek,” among many other songs. Crown Publishers is an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG. For more information about Crown Publishers please visit our website at http://www.randomhouse.com/crown. # # #

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