When I was a junior in high school, somebody gave me a videotape of The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary about The Band. It was revelatory—not only hadn't I ever heard The Band before, it was the first time I heard many of the other artists who appeared in the film, like Van Morrison and the Staples Singers. It changed the way I looked at music forever. If you haven't seen it, you should.
Drummer, singer, purveyor of the sublime, Levon Helm died this afternoon in New York City at age 71. That's Levon singing "The Weight" with the rest of The Band and the Staple Singers in Martin Scorsese's "The Last Waltz." That's wh... Read Post
Jacob Hatley's documentary about the late Levon Helm (who died in 2012) is a flinty valedictory to a rough-hewn but cagey and soulful musician. Ain't... Read Post