Levon: From Down In The Delta To The Birth Of The Band And Beyond

August 25, 2020|
Levon: From Down In The Delta To The Birth Of The Band And Beyond by Sandra B. Tooze
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A dazzling, epic biography of Levon Helm-âthe beloved, legendary drummer and singer of the Band.

He sang the anthems of a generation: "The Weight," "Up on Cripple Creek," and "Life Is a Carnival." Levon Helm''s story-âtold here through sweeping research and interviews with close friends and fellow musicians-âis the rollicking story of American popular music itself.

In the Arkansas Delta, a young Levon witnessed "blues, country, and gospel hit in a head-on collision," as he put it. The result was rock ''n'' roll. As a teenager, he joined the raucous Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, then helped merge a hard-driving electric sound with Bob Dylan''s folk roots, and revolutionized American rock with the Band. Helm not only provided perfect "in the pocket" rhythm and unforgettable vocals, he was the Band''s soul.

Levontraces a rebellious life on the road, from being booed with Bob Dylan to the creative cauldron of Big Pink, the Woodstock Festival, world tours,The Last Waltz, and beyond with the man Dylan called "one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation."

Author Sandra B. Tooze digs deep into what Helm saw as a devastating betrayal by his closest friend, Band guitarist Robbie Robertson-âand Levon''s career collapse, his near bankruptcy, and the loss of his voice due to throat cancer in 1997. Yet Helm found success in an acting career that included roles inCoal Miner''s DaughterandThe Right Stuff. Regaining his singing voice, he made his last decade a triumph, opening his barn to the Midnight Rambles and earning three Grammys. Cancer finally claimed his life in 2012.

Levonis a penetrating, skillfully told tale of a music legend from Southern cotton fields to global limelight.

Sandra B. Toozegarnered world-wide acclaim for her bookMuddy Waters: Mojo Man. Eric Clapton wrote the foreword, and Levon Helm and Mick Jagger both endorsed it with back-cover quotes. The reviewer for America''s preeminent blues magazine,Living Blues, called it a "first rate biography. . . . An illumination and a joy, it deserves ...
Title:Levon: From Down In The Delta To The Birth Of The Band And Beyond
Product dimensions:400 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:400 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 in
Published:August 25, 2020
Publisher:Diversion Books
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781635767049

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