Bob Dylan, Elton John and me – remembering the Great Levon Helm
Levon Helm at Newport Folk Festival 2008 (photo credit WFUV Flickr Creative Commons non commercial)
Rock musician, actor and author Levon Helm is being remembered by many people since his death last week. Some are of those people famous and some like me, not. When I saw Levon Helm in The Last Waltz, it changed my live forever.
But the memories are strong. Share your remembrance of Levon if you like. Continue reading →
The authentic voice behind the songs, the beat and one of the singers in The Band is in the final stages of cancer
Levon Helm at the Fredericton Harvest Blues and Jazz Festival 2011 (photo Stephen Pate)
Three hours ago his family posted this message on Facebook.
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey. …
Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration… he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage…
We appreciate all the love and support and concern.
The Band drummer and singer Levon Helm is known for his open and sometimes bitter diatribes against fellow band-mates
Dylan with The Band 1983, Shredni Volper, Levon Helm, Bob Dylan and Rick Danko at Lone Star Cafe, NYC photo - landyvision.com
Levon Helm accused lead guitarist Robbie Robertson of stealing the copyright for the songs Robertson registered in his own name.
He also said that working for Dylan was being like an employee and must musicians would agree with him.
The Band was meant to break to the mold on bands with leaders. Except Robertson and Garth Hudson, three band members sang lead and they all switched instruments. It was the 60s model of egalitarian life – The Band not Robbie Robertson’s band. Continue reading →