Robbie Robertson
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"Robbie Robertson", Order of Canada/OC is a Canadian people/Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for his work as lead guitarist and primary songwriter within The Band. As a songwriter, Robertson is credited for such songs as "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Up On Cripple Creek", "Broken Arrow" and "Robbie Robertson (album)#"Somewhere Down the Crazy River"/Somewhere Down the Crazy River". He has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was ranked 59th in Rolling Stone (magazine)/Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

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I remember from my earliest years, ... people speaking, you know, in a certain kind of rhythm and telling stories and sharing experiences in a way that was different in Indian country than it was other places. And I was really struck by this and obviously very affected by it, because it's always come out in my songs.

[The set's release puts an end to the Band ... for now.] I keep saying, 'Now I'm done with the Band,' ... I'm just not keen to be going back up into the attic and going into the trunks. I'm more interested in tomorrow.

It made me look like I all of a sudden stumbled upon my heritage. It's not like that. You don't stumble upon your heritage. It's there, just waiting to be explored and shared. But what you need is a sign that somebody wants to share this with you.

Music should never be harmless.

I do remember thinking, 'This is a strange way to make a buck. Travel around the world and people boo you wherever you go,' ... Night after night you just know they're going to boo. Then a few years later you do it again, and everybody acts like they knew it was brilliant all along.

It all added up to something that's making me feel proud.

In ?66 when we were playing that music, people were flipping out with anger at that music and hated it. Then we?re doing it a few years later, and people said, ?This is the real deal, and we knew it all along.

I think the most important thing here is... paying homage to other artists. Everybody (is) passing the baton because there are many people who are going to be in this show. If it wasn't for them, a lot of the rest of us wouldn't be doing this.

[Clapton was honored for a solo career that began in 1970. To mark his induction, he played the mournful tribute to his late son,] Tears in Heaven, ... Further On Up the Road.