Divide & Conquer
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The Band's follow-up self-titled album "The Band" was a success and bigger than their first effort. You'd think they'd slow down and smell the roses, but they didn't. The Band never followed the same path as everyone else and continued to dive deep into recording. Often times as individuals rather than a group, each member spent serious time in 1969 and 1970 working on their friends projects including work for John Martyn, Todd Rundgren, Jesse Winchester and John Simon. However, with the success came the demands of a fanbase and a label. The Band spent time on the road in 1969 for the first time in an extended capacity. The success opened the door to a new life style, a place where everyone wanted to be your friend and every had a party. With touring also came press in a meaningful way. The Band broke ground being the first American band on TIME magazine. The Band also were re-introduced to the press with a very spicy interview given by Ronnie Hawkins and much, much more. The Band embraced this life style, but it would just be a matter of time before it all began to start breaking down. With a label expecting more albums, The Band would be back in the studio in 1970 creating their third album. Time will tell if it would all pay off for The Band. Please Consider Following Us: Instagram: @TheBandPodcastTwitter: @TheBandPodcastFacebook: /TheBandPodcastThe Band: A History is part of Pantheon Podcasts (http://www.pantheonpodcasts.com/). Listen to The Band: A History and a variety of other great podcasts over on Pantheon.
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