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Rewind: Robbie Robertson

Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond

Pushkin Industries

Society & Culture, Music

4.54.2K Ratings

🗓️ 9 August 2023

⏱️ 56 minutes

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In honor of Robbie Robertson’s passing, we’re replaying an old episode of Broken Record featuring Robbie in conversation with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam.

When Robbie Robertson turned a house perched above a Malibu beach into a home studio in the 1970's, he had no idea it'd remain a refuge for artists decades later. In this episode, Robbie returns to Shangri La—now the home of our own Rick Rubin—to discuss creating the studio, helping Bob Dylan go electric with The Band, writing "The Weight" and collaborating with Martin Scorsese on his films.

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Pushkin Hey everyone, this is a bit of a special episode of Broken Record. Not just because


it features Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Hadlam all at once, but because it


happened at the spiritual home, Shangri-La, of today's guest. That's the band's Robbie


Robertson, who reminisces about converting a home in Malibu into the now legendary recording


studio run by Rick. Before moving on discussing the band's early days as backup for a rock


ably singer, when they were known as the Hawks. And they also discuss Robbie's long-time


work with director Martin Scorsese, which earned him an Oscar nomination at this year's Academy


Awards. We should also note that if you like this episode, there's a new documentary called


Once Were Brothers, Robbie Robertson, and the band that will be coming out in theaters


on February 21st.


This is Broken Record, liner notes for the digital age. I'm just a magician. Here's Rick


Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Hadlam from Shangri-La speaking with the studios architect,


Robbie Robertson.


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