My adoration for the show Classic Albums, which I recommended not too long ago, has only increased with each viewing. Recently, the in-depth look at The Band and their fiercely individualistic style and music piqued my interest. Taking notes from the history of America to write their songs, which were recorded democratically, The Band didn't look to their contemporaries too much for inspiration and ended up sounding, and even looking, so wholly different and intriguing that the music world was captivated by these strange, very handsome men who once performed with Bob Dylan.
They were solely interested in the music rather than the fame (they even appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone with their backs to the camera), but the public wanted more and more of them. They rarely made appearances, which gave the times they did perform an air of being momentous and special. Their mysterious reputation was only furthered by the time singer/guitarist Robbie Robertson had to enlist the aid of a physic healer in order to perform.
Now take a look at Elliot Landy's iconic portraits of the band in the Catskills. I would go so far as to say they were the best dressed rock stars period, with their impeccable mix of rugged mountain manliness and old fashioned gentlemen fanciness. They look shockingly contemporary and oh! I just can't stop gushing about how totally cool these guys were. Of course, they made my list as hunks because, clearly, they were all devastatingly handsome too.