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Topic Title: Levon Helm 'This Wheel's On Fire'
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Created On: 06/24/2021 11:29 AM
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 06/24/2021 11:29 AM
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Central Floridave

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I never really liked The Band, or Bob Dylan's music, but a friend suggested I read Levon Helm's book, 'This Wheel's On Fire'. I'm on the final chapter and have to say I'm glad I did read it. I have a new appreciation for The Band and have since listened to their music while reading it. What I liked about it was his insight into the early starts of Rock-n-Roll. He was raised in Mississippi on a cotton farm near Memphis as a child and saw Rock develop post WW2. He moved to Arkansas with his family and was based out of there.

The book details life on the road in the 50s and 60s as he travelled as the drummer for Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks. An early rockbillly band that toured Quebec Canada extensively and the East coast. That band evolved into The Band and also Bob Dylan's Electric era backing band.

It's an interesting book that I would recommend if interested. It was an easy and quick read. I did sped read thru some of the material. But, if you like Folk Rock, Rock-n-Roll and are interested in The Band and all it's pitfalls and success of 16 years of a touring band then check it out.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...g=sqrCF&ref_=pd_gw_unk
 06/25/2021 05:56 PM
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garcia

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Thanks for the recommendation, but, really - "I never really liked The Band, or Bob Dylan's music..." I hope you reconsider. Dylan, alone, and the Band, esp with Bob, are the shitz.
 06/26/2021 03:16 PM
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theglide

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Read it awhile back. Good read. I just read the new Levon bio by Sandra R. Tooz.

I was and still am a huge Band fan.

Levon was a great drummer in addition to a good mandolin player.
 07/02/2021 06:25 AM
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StirfryMcflurry

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Originally posted by: Central Floridave I never really liked The Band,
Yer missin out, Dave!

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 07/02/2021 08:01 AM
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Central Floridave

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I listened to the Band's entire catalog while reading the book. eh. it's alright, but mostly boring to me. I played 'the Weight' in a past cover band. Their music is nothing overwhelming for me. However, I get other's like it.



 07/02/2021 08:38 AM
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garcia

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Listen to "The Last Waltz". It takes them to a new level. I am in Maine and "Acadian Driftwood" hits the spot.
 07/12/2021 05:05 PM
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Central Floridave

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cool video

GARTH HUDSON: The Return To Big Pink

https://vimeo.com/341917619
 07/12/2021 05:57 PM
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garcia

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You're right; way cool. Hard to believe it's been 54 years. Unfortunately, Garth shows every one of them. Thanks for sharing. Now you have to go back and listen to "The Last Waltz"!
 07/13/2021 06:07 AM
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stokedpanda

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Originally posted by: Central Floridave

I never really liked The Band, or Bob Dylan's music, but a friend suggested I read Levon Helm's book, 'This Wheel's On Fire'. I'm on the final chapter and have to say I'm glad I did read it. I have a new appreciation for The Band and have since listened to their music while reading it. What I liked about it was his insight into the early starts of Rock-n-Roll. He was raised in Mississippi on a cotton farm near Memphis as a child and saw Rock develop post WW2. He moved to Arkansas with his family and was based out of there.



The book details life on the road in the 50s and 60s as he travelled as the drummer for Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks. An early rockbillly band that toured Quebec Canada extensively and the East coast. That band evolved into The Band and also Bob Dylan's Electric era backing band.



It's an interesting book that I would recommend if interested. It was an easy and quick read. I did sped read thru some of the material. But, if you like Folk Rock, Rock-n-Roll and are interested in The Band and all it's pitfalls and success of 16 years of a touring band then check it out.



https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...g=sqrCF&ref_=pd_gw_unk


what did/do you not like about Dylan, he has a little of everything?



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 07/18/2021 12:07 PM
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StirfryMcflurry

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yeah Dave, wtf. Be's been on both the covers of Rolling Stone & AARP mag! (don't ask me how I know!) Then again, I'm not a Phil Collins fan so , there's that.

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Edited: 07/18/2021 at 12:08 PM by StirfryMcflurry
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