In 1966 Bob Dylan began his first electric world tour. It was a landmark moment, both for Dylan and for the history of rock music, and it bitterly divided his audience.
Backing Dylan on stage was an obscure group of Canadian musicians collectively known as The Hawks. In the months following the tour they would join Dylan during a lengthy convalescence in New Yorks Catskill Mountains; when both parties re-emerged, Dylan had undergone an artistic transformation that sent ripples across Americas cultural underbelly and The Hawks had become simply The Band, one of the most important recording groups of their generation.
This is the story of the relationship between Dylan and The Band, the legendary amateur recordings that they made together in Woodstock, their re-invention of American music and their continued albeit sporadic relationship during the 1970s.
Featuring new interviews with Garth Hudson; Band producer John Simon; The Hawks 66 tour drummer, Mickey Jones; the man who assembled and tutored the Hawks and from whom they took their name, Ronnie Hawkins; Dylan guitarist, Charlie McCoy; Band biographer Barney Hoskyns; Basement Tapes archivist, Sid Griffin; Isis magazines Derek Barker and Rolling Stones Anthony De Curtis.
Also features rare footage, archive interviews, seldom seen photographs and the music that changed the world, all at once making for the finest program on this element of Bob Dylan and The Bands respective and communal careers yet to emerge.
THIS FILM IS NOT AUTHORISED BY BOB DYLAN, THE BAND OR REPRESENTATIVES THEREOF