It is with sadness that I note the imminent passing of The Band's great drummer/vocalist Levon Helm. According to a note on his website, "Levon is in the final stages of hit battle with cancer." As a cancer guy myself, this is depressing on a personal level. Less selfishly, it means the loss of one of rock and roll's great musicians.
Through their work with Bob Dylan and on their own, The Band became one of the most prominent practitioners of what became known as roots rock or Americana.