Current Issue Details

Buy Current Issue


Published: 2013/08/09

Robbie Robertson Co-Authors Book on Rock Legends

Former The Band songwriter and guitarist Robbie Robertson has co-written a book called Legends, Icons & Rebels. The book is a compilation of profiles of some of the greatest musicians in rock history, with twenty-seven profile on artists like Ray Charles, The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Joni Mitchell.

Accompanied by stunning portraits from a number of internationally renowned illustrators, each profile explores the achievements and struggles of extraordinarily talented artists whose innovations changed the landscape of music. The book will also include some of Robertson’s own anecdotes about the influence these artists had on his own musical journey, as well as two CDs of songs by the featured artists.

Robertson wrote the book along with Jim Guerinot, Jared Levine and his son Sebastian Robertson. Legends, Icons & Rebels will be released in the US and Canada as a hardcover and e-book on October 8.

The line-up of musicians and songs included in the CD are as follows:

“Johnny B. Goode” – Chuck Berry, illustrated by Dale Stephanos
“Get Rhythm” – Johnny Cash, illustrated by Roberto Parada
“I Say A Little Prayer”- Aretha Franklin, illustrated by Kevin Newton
“Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles, illustrated by Denise Esposito
“What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong, illustrated by John Mattos
“Three Little Birds” – Bob Marley, illustrated by Yuriy Shevchuk
“Peggy Sue” – Buddy Holly, illustrated by Roberto Parada
“The Circle Game” – Joni Mitchell, illustrated by Olaf Hajek
“Hit the Road Jack” – Ray Charles & The Raeletts, illustrated by Yuriy Shevchuk
“Hound Dog” – Elvis Presley, illustrated by Dan Brown
“People Get Ready” – Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, illustrated by Andrea Ventura
“Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” – Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra, illustrated by Roberto Parada
“Lucille” – Little Richard, illustrated by Luis Alves
“Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” – Hank Williams, illustrated by Marc Burckhardt
“I Heard it Through the Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye, illustrated by Dale Stephanos
“Fly Me to the Moon”- Frank Sinatra, illustrated by C.F. Payne
“So Far Away” – Carole King, illustrated by Denise Esposito
“Wonderful World” – Sam Cooke, illustrated by Roberto Parada
“In My Room”- The Beach Boys, illustrated by Chris Kasch
“Caldonia” – Louis Jordan, illustrated by Brian Hoang
“A-Tisket, A-Tasket” – Ella Fitzgerald, illustrated by Gary Kelley
“I Got You (I Feel Good)” – James Brown, illustrated by Luis Alves
“Crazy” – Patsy Cline, illustrated by Roberto Parada
“That’s How Strong My Love Is” – Otis Redding, illustrated by Dale Stephanos
“It’s Only a Paper Moon” – Nat King Cole, illustrated by Merryl Jaye
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” – Stevie Wonder, illustrated by Brian Hoang
“Forever Young” – Bob Dylan, illustrated by Dan Brown


There are 9 comments associated with this post

Strop Stabler August 9, 2013, 16:52:31

Robertson probably wrote the book in conjunction with a number of other people but then just took credit for it.

Iago August 11, 2013, 23:59:10

Where in this article is Robbie Robertson taking all the credit for himself? “Robertson co-authors book”, “Robertson wrote the book along with Jim Guerinot, Jared Levine and his son Sebastian Robertson.”. And the name of all four authors can be seen on the top of the book’s cover. Putting his name on the highlight is just a way to attract people to read the article.

dk70 August 12, 2013, 13:45:31

I think jambands posts articles about RR because they know the haters will swarm.

JBF August 12, 2013, 15:06:31

Songwriter, guitarist for the band ok – but he wasn’t a singer with them that was Danko & Helm. He cannot sing

JBF August 12, 2013, 15:06:32

Songwriter, guitarist for the band ok – but he wasn’t a singer with them that was Danko & Helm. He cannot sing

Calvin August 12, 2013, 21:05:07

Danko & Helm were the singers for the Band? Really? You realize they both said Manual was the lead singer dont you? I get your point JBF, and Im sure you meant nothing by it, but lets give Richard some credit. As for RR singing-when he does that Talk/Singing he did on Storyille I think he is passable as the songs are so good. But yeah. no vocalist. Little disappointed though the song features 27 safe choices. When Curtis Mayfield is the least mainstream person you lsit among 27 influences, well, nothing new to see here.

Murray August 15, 2013, 10:04:30

Agree, Calvin, about the safe musical choices, but then it is a book for children.

Enigmatic Recluse August 20, 2013, 17:23:39

I don’t know that all the choices are safe. They picked a Harrison song for the Beatles. Anyway, the book is about Legends, not Bands Music Geeks love. That said, other than the Beatles, Marley and Joni Mitchell, the artists are all American as far as I know (not going to read 24 bios to find out if they snuck another Canuck or Caribbean native in). I don’t know, maybe that is the point, then would rather see them stick to the point than throw in a few tokens.

Dylan August 29, 2013, 20:12:03

Robbie has some sweet vocal moments in my opinion. In fact I think Out Of The Blue is a real gem. He also nails his falsetto verse in To Kingdom Come.

Note: It may take a moment for your post to appear

(required) (required, not public)