Robbie Robertson of the band’s ‘Once Were Brothers’ document broadcast

With the new documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the band Now available to stream, Robbie Robertson takes a deep look at his time in the Band in a recent episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now Robertson’s podcast talks about his strained relationship with Levon Helm, whether the group’s story was a triumph or a tragedy, his work with Bob Dylan, and more.

According to Robertson, writing songs for the group’s multiple singers was much like writing a musical or showing a movie. “I saw it almost in the sense of a theatrical group,” he says. “The way John Ford or Ingmar Bergman used the same people in many of their movies … I wrote these songs specifically for those guys. Levon, you know, was my closest brother. And so I was trying really hard. I knew his instrument. I knew his abilities. And I was trying to write songs that were perfect for him to sing. And a couple of times, I could have nailed it.

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