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This Wheel's on Fire: Levon Helm and the Story of the Band

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Fab read. I loved the music since Dylan 'went electric' which I

    Fab read. I loved the music since Dylan 'went electric' which I think I was one of the few totally with that move. Then in early college when Music From Big Pink came out, I was taken by a storm like few other LPs have done. Today when I play Band songs, most younger folks think they are not classic rock but are long held music standards like Woody songs or some of the Great Am. Songbook classics are. When I tell younger folks about The Band...they have heard of 'em but sadly don't know who and what they were to the whole music story. Leon tells it all - I already knew the huge riff with Robbie so no surprises there for me. I miss the golden voices of the great triumphrant of Rick, Richard and Leon - all gone now. Robbie's own muisic now is boarding - he needs to stick to producing and counting his $. Garth is still with us but really up there - thou to hear and see him play the keys/organ you would never know he is way up there - he commands that sound like no one. Sadly Garth is barely able to get buy $ wise today. There is a huge move to help keep Levon's family home in Woodstock, NY and keep rambles in his barn/studio alive by others ready to carry on in his name.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Very entertaining book

    Great read.. Levon always did have a way with words and its no different here.A humble man from humble beginnings.He takes you on the wild and sometimes sad ride from the Delta to the rock and roll hall of fame.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012


    If you love the music of The Band, if you're interested in the development of American rock and roll, if you think "The Last Waltz" told the real story -- read this book! Levon Helm has a distinctive voice and writes a lively and compassionate history of his life and times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    wow ! this is a great book written uniquely .....

    i think that this is a well writen book ..i think that it does'nt hide the fact that he ,and others were sometimes behaving badly , but yet he does'nt really go into great detail's about those things which i like ..i like that he does'nt try to hide things that other's might try to hide later in their life , but levon does'nt try to hide ,and i like that ,cause it's more realistic in my opinion ...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    Not an eye opener, perhaps a perception solidifier?

    From the drummer and part-time voice of the single most talented band of the modern era comes a telling of The Band's history. It's not easy feat to bring an audience through thirty plus years of experiences, but Levon Helm (with Stephen Davis' help) takes the read along for a bitter-sweet journey. We see highest highs with financial success and listener acceptance to the lowest lows of death, suicide, and money-hungry driven behavior. I learned a lot about music thanks to Levon. And was inspired to play. If you're a fan of The Band or just an audiophile, you have to pick this book up and give it a spin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    Levon Helm, I Believe Every Word of It

    It is probably one of the best music stories I have ever read !! Things in there about 'The Last Waltz' you never knew about.This book blew me away and I give it five stars !! Thanks Levon !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2000

    The book of the century

    Gripping,the book holds you from the very first page to the last. A real story of the true life on the road of the greastest band ever to come along. Truely a work of art.

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