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Robbie Robertson: “My teenage self wouldn't believe the life I've had”

Posted On: 14 Feb 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

Not long ago I wrote a song called Dead End Kid. And it's about when I was 16 and I had this ambition, this musical dream. I was growing up in Toronto, living between the city of Toronto and the six-nation Indian reserve, where my mother was born and raised in the Mohawk nation. And in that world when I talked about my ambitions and my dreams, everybody said, none of these things are gonna happen to you. You're probably gonna just end up in trouble. You're just a dead end kid. But I couldn't hear them. I could not understand these limitations, or this lack of imagination, or ambition. I knew I was going to go out into the world and make music. And I was dead serious. So when I was 16 I went from Canada down to the Mississippi Delta in Arkansas, and I joined up with a rock'n'roll band. And I began my journey.
My mother thought whatever I wanted to do, whatever my dream was, it must be good. I was an only child and she just went along with my imagination. And as it turned out,...

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