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Sebastian Robertson: The Band Co-founder's Son on Music That Changed the World

Steve Karras | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Steve Karras

Sebastian Robertson may not be a rock star like dad [guitarist and The Band co-founder] Robbie Robertson, but he's every bit his father's son.

Songs That Matter: The Band, 'The Weight'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 09.25.2013 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

"The Weight" belies its name by beginning lightly, with the keen tickle of strings, precise yet also casual. You feel like you're on someone's porch, down home, listening to a few folks make music at sundown.

American Ride: A Conversation with Willie Nile, Plus Exclusives by Owl and The Quick & Easy Boys

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.17.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"If I sat down and tried to write something clever, I couldn't do it. I just follow my instincts. I like stories, I like storytelling, and when something comes to me, if it strikes me as a good story, I'll just start writing it and see what pops out."

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.24.2013 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Happy birthday, Bob Dylan. Summer, 1988. A skinny redheaded girl is standing in a folding chair in the front row at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, with her arms around two perfect strangers, a blonde and a brunette. We're all dancing to "Maggie's Farm."

Movie Review: Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

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.

Return of the Stoic Hero?

Jamie Malanowski | Posted 06.09.2013 | Fifty
Jamie Malanowski

Roger Ebert, Levon Helm, Sixto Rodriquez -- models of stoicism. They are men who met disappointment and worse, and faced their challenges with determination and courage. We used to have a lot of role models like them.

The Weight: When a Song Becomes an Anthem

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 05.12.2013 | Entertainment
Joanna Colangelo

Like any song that's morphed into our musical vernacular, "The Weight" has come to exist as a backdrop in American folk culture. It pops up in films when the scene is meant to express something uniquely "American" that dialog just can't seem to capture.

Remembering Levon

Posted 02.10.2013 | Entertainment

Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown and Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard performed a tribute to the late Levon Helm at the Gramm...

Elton John, Mumford & Sons To Honor Levon Helm

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 02.07.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK -- Elton John and Mumford & Sons will hit the Grammys stage to pay tribute to Levon Helm. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that T B...

A Belated 2012 Reading List: Some Favorite Titles

Steve Heilig | Posted 04.08.2013 | Books
Steve Heilig

This is something of a belated "best of year" list, although there are some older titles I only got to last year included. An eclectic list, modestly offered -- a bit heavy on books on music, but many others, and perhaps something will strike the interest of other readers.

The Best Rock Concert Movie -- and What Makes It Better on Blu-Ray

John Farr | Posted 03.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It's my (and many others') pick for the best rock concert movie ever: Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz. For those in the dark, this was Scorsese's filming of The Band's farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving Day, 1976.

Keep It Goin': Losing Levon And Giving Thanks

Catherine Popper | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Catherine Popper

I've never heard a musician say a bad or even indifferent word about Levon Helm. The common thread is their reverence for Levon's playing and spirit verges on the supernatural. At his funeral, the pastor begged us not to mourn but to rejoice.

PHOTOS: Is This The Greatest Tribute Concert Ever?

Aaron Sankin | Posted 10.30.2012 | San Francisco

The Last Waltz is arguably the greatest concert film of all time. Shot by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, the film documents the la...

Chatting With Peter Frampton, Bruce Hornsby and Mike Andrews

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.24.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I always try to make stuff that affects me and I think that if given the chance, a lot of music that doesn't seem like the formula of what might be a hit would be more popular. There's a lot of great music that doesn't sound like whatever. Everything sounds very dance-y now."

Levon Helm's Loved Ones Honor His Legacy

Steve Karras | Posted 10.04.2012 | Entertainment
Steve Karras

Before he died on April 19, 2012 Helm gave specific instructions from his hospital bed to carry on the tradition of the Ramble. His exact words were, "Keep it goin."

A Legacy of Rambling: Music Is (Still) Alive and Well in Levon Helm's Barn

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 09.25.2012 | Home
Joanna Colangelo

In April, Levon passed away and there was talk of what would happen to the Rambles. And then, this past Saturday night rolled around like so many others before it, and Levon's Barn was open once again.

WATCH: Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Levon Helm

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 05.03.2012 | Entertainment

Bruce Springsteen made his first ever visit to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ a special one on Wednesday night by playing his usual array of hits...

The Band and the Bandstand (Part 2)

Doug Bradley | Posted 07.01.2012 | Home
Doug Bradley

My obsession with Dylan and the Band was rewarded when they launched a concert tour in the winter of 1974, Dylan's first tour in eight years! Ticket prices were steep -- we paid $9.50 apiece.

The Band and the Bandstand (Part 1)

Doug Bradley | Posted 04.28.2012 | Entertainment
Doug Bradley

Two of my life's guideposts, American Bandstand and The Band, drew their last breaths a week ago with the deaths of Dick Clark and Levon Helm. Now the bandstand is less full, the songs less soothing, the beat a little harder to dance to...

Levon Helm Memorial Planned In Woodstock

AP | Posted 06.24.2012 | Celebrity

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. — Levon Helm's friends and fans have been invited to a memorial at the home where the late drummer and singer for The Band stage...

'Music Is The Language Of Heaven': Inspiring Quotes From Levon Helm

Posted 04.25.2012 | Healthy Living

Levon Helm's soulful melodies and passionate drumming touched millions of fans of The Band, but today we recognize his spirit and perseverance. Af...

Levon Helm and Clarence Clemons Enter Rock 'N Roll Heaven

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 06.23.2012 | Entertainment
Miles Mogulescu

The Band and the E Street Band are so great in part because they're true ensembles -- bands of brothers. But even so, Clarence and Levon provided any extra measure of soul and magic dust.

Bob Dylan & Elton John Remember Levon Helm

The Huffington Post | Crystal Bell | Posted 04.20.2012 | Entertainment

On Thursday, legendary Band singer Levon Helm died at the age of 71 after a long battle with cancer. Longtime friend Bob Dylan is still coming to ...

Levon Helm Dies After Cancer Battle

Posted 04.19.2012 | Celebrity

The Band singer Levon Helm is dead at age 71 after a long battle with cancer, the Times Herald-Record reports. He passed away April 19 at Memorial Slo...

Levon Helm (1940-2012): A Thank You Note for the Great Music -- And the Example

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.19.2012 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

The custodian of The Band's music was Levon Helm. It could be no other way. The drummer is the literal heartbeat of a band. Levon was that, and more.