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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson & The Band

Faux poster for the rock doc Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson & The BandThis documentary chronicles the origin story of Toronto-born musician Robbie Robertson and the formation of the seminal The Band, of which he was lead guitarist and songwriter.
Ostensibly about the brotherhood of Robertson and his Band-mates, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, the movie also gives time to Robertson’s own familial ties – early days with relatives in Six Nations and Toronto, and then with his children from his marriage with ex-wife Dominique.

With Robertson’s deep timber and vivid recollections – as well as quips from his mentor Ronnie Hawkins, interviews with fellow rock luminaries and a dizzying number of rock and roll archival clips – it’s an entertaining account of Robertson’s journey through monumental music moments.   

– Kelly Boutsalis, NOW Toronto

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