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Legendary guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson has had several hit albums with The Band, an influential rock group of the 1960s and 1970s.
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Around this time, Robertson reunited briefly with his former bandmates for The Band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Eric Clapton gave the honor to The Band in a 1994 ceremony, which Levon Helm decided to skip. Accepting the honor on behalf of the group, Robertson thanked Ronnie Hawkins, Bob Dylan and many others in his speech.
Returning to acting,
Robertson appeared in the 1995 drama The Crossing Guard with Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Houston. Robertson also worked with Martin Scorsese on the soundtrack for Scorsese's crime drama Casino that same year.
In 2000, Robertson put his musical know-how to work for DreamWorks Records. There he served as creative executive and signed such acts as Nelly Furtado and Boomkats to the label. Robertson also worked hard on preserving The Band's musical legacy around this time. He handled the reissuing of the group's recordings, overseeing the remastering and remixing of all their songs.
In 2011, Robertson released his latest recording, How to Become Clairvoyant, breaking a 13-year absence from the music scene. The project started out with him and Eric Clapton "hanging out and playing a little music and telling stories." The pair came up with some song ideas, but their schedules took them in different directions. Robertson later revisited the material, which inspired his new album. On the recording, Clapton served as a creative cohort, performing on seven of the songs. Robertson also had some help from such performers as Trent Reznor and Steve Winwood.
On the album, Robertson explored some personal topics. He sang about his time with The Band in "This Is Where I Get Off," which seems imply that they all "drifted off course" and that their enormous fame contributed to the split. In an interview with Maclean's, Robertson said that he and his former bandmates matured "in different directions. Everybody grows in their own way. And so you start seeing things through different lenses."
In 2012, Robertson managed to make peace with Levon Helm. The pair had already lost two bandmates, Richard Manuel to suicide and Rick Danko to a heart attack, by this time. Robertson visited Helm in the hospital shortly before Helm died that April.
Robertson lives in Los Angeles with wife Dominique. They have three children, Alexandra, Delphine and Sebastian.
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