Garth Hudson talking about the Big Pink sessions with Bob Dylan in 1967 (videos)

Garth Hudson

 

Hudson was just as crucial to the very different sounds made in the Basement the year afterwards: especially since in large part it was Garth who tape-recorded those unique, informal sessions, and had the sense to look after, afterwards, all the dozens of unknown-about extra ones beyond those of immediate interest to Dylan’s music publisher, and which only began to circulate decades later.
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

It’s Garth Hudson’s 77th birthday today.

Here is a nice interview with Hudson from youtube (prismfilms) where he’s talking about the conception of “The Basement Tapes” (all the wonderful music Bob Dylan & The Band made in June-October 1967 in the basement of Big Pink)

basement tapes

From Wikipedia:

At some point between March and June 1967, Dylan and the four Hawks began a series of informal recording sessions, initially at the so-called Red Room of Dylan’s house, Hi Lo Ha, in the Byrdcliffe area of Woodstock. In June, the recording sessions moved to the basement of Big Pink. Hudson set up a recording unit, using two stereo mixers and a tape recorder borrowed from Grossman, as well as a set of microphones on loan from folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Dylan would later tell Jann Wenner, “That’s really the way to do a recording—in a peaceful, relaxed setting—in somebody’s basement. With the windows open … and a dog lying on the floor.”

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