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.
It's been almost 35 years now since Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson brought a close to the Band's storied career as documented in Martin Scorsese's film 'The Last Waltz.' Since that time, th... Read Post
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