Robbie joins forces with Martin Scorsese to produce and compose the music for the film, “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” starring Leonardo Di Caprio.
Robbie inks deal with Random House to pen autobiography.
Robertson heads into the studio with Eric Clapton to commence to recording of his fifth solo effort, “How To Become Clairvoyant.”
Robbie’s fifth solo album, “How To Become Clairvoyant,” will be released on April 5, 2011. It will feature Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Trent Reznor, Tom Morello, Robert Randolph and Angela McCluskey.
Robbie is inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame and is given the Royal Order of Canada.
Robbie is music supervisor for Scorsese’s film Shutter Island. “I think this is the first time that Marty has ever called me and said, ‘on this picture I really don’t have any ideas on where to start musically.’ After I read the script I suggested to him that instead of a traditional film score, that I put together a batch of music centering around modern classical composers with a few songs from the time period of the movie sprinkled in. Marty felt it really connected with the film and we went on a mission of doing something unlike anything we’d ever done before.”
The Band receives The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Robbie performs with Eric Clapton at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.
Robertson serves as music producer on another Scoresese film. The Departed is released in October and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Martin Sheen.
The Band – A Musical History is released in September. Executive Producer Robbie Robertson puts together a truly impressive Band box set anthology. It features 111 tracks spread over five CDs, one DVD and a 108-page hardcover book. Roughly spanning the group’s journey from 1961 to 1977, from their days behind Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan through Robbie’s departure and first disbanding of the group. The set includes highlights from each of the group’s seven studio albums and both major live recordings and nearly forty rare or previously-unreleased performances. The book contains candid photographs of artists from Bob Dylan to Janis Joplin and a detailed history of the Band by Grammy Award-winning musicologist Rob Bowman.
The film Ladder 49, staring Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta, includes the anthem/gospel hymn “Shine Your Light”, written and recorded specifically for the film by Robbie Robertson. After hearing the song for the first time, director Jay Russel recalls, “I just sat there thinking, ‘I’m very moved by this song; I think it’s beautifully poetic,’ and it was exactly what I was looking for.” The song is played in it’s entirety over the film’s dramatic culminating scene; it’s the only sound that’s heard. Robertson also composes an orchestral adagio for the final credits.
Robertson deliverers an address to the graduating class at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and is awarded an honorary degree by the University.
Robbie is inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.