Robbie Robertson, guitarist for Bob Dylan, the Band, dies at 80

Robbie Robertson performs onstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio in 1995
(Image credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

Robbie Robertson, a skilled guitarist best known for his work with Bob Dylan and the Band, has died at the age of 80, Variety reports.

Robertson died today (August 9) after a battle with an unspecified illness, the guitarist's management said.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.