Post by steveternal on Nov 10, 2012 15:29:22 GMT -5
I'd love to post a link, but it's subscription-only on the NYer website. Anyway, do what you can to get a copy a read it. I've never been a huge Roots fan, and this was a stellar read—an excellent analysis of a modern virtuoso, and the role he inhabits in the current musical/cultural landscape.
If that's not enough, it has an extended description of their rehearsals and performances at this year's Bonnaroo. Here's a quote:
The stage at Bonnaroo looked out on a sea of dazed, upturned faces, pummeled into happy submission by hip-hop. Now and again, early in the evening someone would light a fire balloon and loft it into the air. It would drift past the camera cranes and lighting booths, catch an updraft above the encircling forest, and flicker out among the clouds. The first stars were visible by then, the temperature in the low seventies, and a great wave of fellow feeling seemed to sweep over the place—a sudden conviction that society could be rebuilt in a day and live in perfect peace, if only there were enough Porta Potties.