Can ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Be Redeemed?

I hope we piss off the right people by changing these words,”  Early James said before Marcus King and his band got rolling alongside him. James went on to deliver a version of the Band’s song with enough key lyrics altered to transform it from an elegy for the Lost Cause to a forceful argument for leaving those lies in the dirt.

Source: Can ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Be Redeemed? – Rolling Stone

The Last Waltz 

Scorcese’s rock film classic opens in theaters on April 26, 1978 …

The film was full of controversy. Levon Helm called it the “biggest fucking ripoff of The Band” due to the belief it put too much emphasis on Robbie Robertson. The film was shot in 35mm film at a time when no one was sure 35mm cameras could run that long and not burn out. Cocaine was everywhere but didn’t show up in the film. The stories go on and on.

The most famous involves the great Muddy Waters. If you watch his performance, you notice there’s just one shot through his whole performance. A whole bunch of famous cinematographers worked for Scorsese on The Last Waltz. One of them was Laszlo Kovacs (Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider) and just as Muddy hit the stage, Scorsese – who got the band sequence out of order and had a fit – ordered all the cameras to stop. Laszlo didn’t hear him. Or, didn’t want to hear him – and kept rolling — the one and only camera catching the great Muddy Waters on stage. And, that’s why there’s only one angle shot of Muddy Waters’ performance at The Last Waltz.