OK...did a search for Robbie Robertson and found nothing so I created a new thread. Sure it's been discussed but I couldn't find it (is the search working properly?). Here's the deal, I've read 0 books on the subject and have only leafed through some articles about the subject. I'm not an expert on the inner workings of The Band but I do know that the fortunes of Robbie Robertson vs. the rest of The Band were two very different things. I also believe that several lawsuits have gone down about this. However my opinion is strictly a musician's view as someone who has written songs by myself as well as collaborated with others on creating music. I find it very hard to believe that Robertson wrote all those songs on his own. My reasonings are PURELY hunches based on experience. Some arguing points: 1. How is it that Robertson had this unbelievably fruitful period of songwriting from 67-75 but since then has written very little and what he has written, in my opinion, is VASTLY inferior not to mention very very different from The Band's material? The output from Robertson since 1976 really doesn't seem to point to the fact that he wrote that material. I don't hear many stylistic similarities. 2. Where did all of the southern aspects of this music come from? All but Levon were from Canada yes? But lo and behold Levon happened to be from the South. Hmmm.... 3. Why does the first Danko solo album sound way more like The Band than anything Robertson has done? 4. Robertson has been sued several times for this, or am I wrong? Haven't Levon and others claimed that songwriting was a group effort? 5. This is pure conjecture and opinion, but it really creeps me out the way Robbie behaves in The Last Waltz. We have 4 other Band members who visibly have mixed feelings and Robertson sitting there smiling from ear to ear. I find the movie extremely uncomfortable to watch for that reason. I've always viewed this as Robbie laughing all the way to the bank and I don't like it. 6. Again purely opinionary, but the rest of the guys in the Band were ACE musicians. However, to me, Robbie was barely a passable guitarists. His squeaky, squaky pinch harmonic laden solos are a burden to listen to. I know I'll find disagreements, but it seems odd to me that the worst musician (by far) in the group happened to be the guiding light and central force in The Band. He also didn't sing, or didn't sing well. So there it is. I've read too much over the years about how Levon, Garth, Richard, and Rick's lives had been full of such turmoil and financial disaster. In my opinion, for their musical contributions ALONE these guys should have been set for life. And if they weren't, the right thing to do would have been for Robbie to help them out. I feel that the unbelievably hard struggles the remaining members have had to be one of the truly great tragedies in rock history. Please keep in mind that I spend 10x more time listening to the music than I have reading about it. I'm more interested in what forumite's opinions are, not Google searches.