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You know the song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" by The Band. It perfectly captures the feel of a lost American South. What’s at the heart of that quintessential American sound? One American and a handful of Canadians, spearheaded by Robbie Robertson. A Toronto boy raised on Hank Williams, strumming guitar on the Six Nations reserve where his mom was born and raised Robertson was a member of The Hawks backing up the great Ronnie Hawkins in some of the sketchiest places imaginable. The Hawks became The Band, played with Bob Dylan on his first electric tour, getting booed for their efforts. When The Band called it quits in 1976, Martin Scorsese was there to capture the glory with The Last Waltz. After The Band, Robbie had some highs: a solo self-titled record that went gold and took some major Junos. He also had some difficult times too: a rift with his former bandmate, the late Levon Helm that wasn’t mended until many years later. Now Robbie’s taken some time to reflect on some of the musical greats who’ve influenced him, in a new book and CD collection: Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed The World.