Archive for April, 2012

Levon Helm Has Died

April 19, 2012

The last time I saw Levon Helm was at a concert in Central Park maybe four or five years ago. He’d recently gotten his voice back after having lost it to throat cancer, so every sound he made was something of a miracle. The love he had for his music, and for each of us and for all of us, came pouring off that bandstand and filled every song and every chord and every note of a long rainy celebration of an evening. We thanked him then, and I thank him now.

The video is from Festival Express, a documentary of an all-star rock tour across Canada in 1970. The way The Band sounds here, on The Weight, is the way I remember hearing them live. When you’re done with the video, please go read Charlie Pierce’s great tribute to Levon over at his Esquire blog.