1. Ain’t In It For My Health, a doc about Levon Helm that was originally released in 2010, is now in wider release and opens in New York on April 19. We hope it comes to Philly soon because we’ll be among first in line at the box office.

    NPR:

    What shape there is to Hatley’s plain, rich portrait of Helm comes from its subject’s mixed feelings about the 2008 Grammys, which saw Dirt Farmer nominated for best traditional folk album and The Band awarded a lifetime achievement award. Helm dubs the latter honor “a g - - damn sales gimmick,” and his frustration — compounded by the honor’s arrival after the deaths of bandmates Rick Danko and Richard Manuel — suggests a lifetime spent trying to reconcile the joy he takes in making music with the frustrations of the industry built around the selling of it.

    The clip above (via Rolling Stone) of Helm singing Randy Newman's “Kingfish” is from the film.

    Here is an interview with Helm from 2007. He died in 2012.

    And for good measure, a 2004 interview with Newman

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RIP Levon Helm. The 71-year-old lost a battle with cancer when he died Thursday afternoon in New York City. 
All Things Considered contributor Will Hermes remembers seeing the legendary drummer and singer at a roadhouse in Minneapolis: “It was like seeing the Rockies or the Grand Canyon.”
Photo: Jan Persson/Referns

Levon Helm: The 2007 Fresh Air Interview View in High-Res

    nprmusic:

    RIP Levon Helm. The 71-year-old lost a battle with cancer when he died Thursday afternoon in New York City. 

    All Things Considered contributor Will Hermes remembers seeing the legendary drummer and singer at a roadhouse in Minneapolis: “It was like seeing the Rockies or the Grand Canyon.”

    Photo: Jan Persson/Referns

    Levon Helm: The 2007 Fresh Air Interview

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  1. Thinking about Levon Helm this morning. Yesterday it was reported that Helm is in the final stages of cancer. Above is his 2007 conversation with Terry.

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