This Wheel’s on Fire – Levon Helm and the Story of the Band

I’ve read a number of rock and roll biographies in the past few years and This Wheel’s on Fire: Levon Helm and the Story of the Band is one of the better stories. The Band was a leading force in the late sixties/early seventies inspiring bands to shift from blues based jamming to Americana influenced song oriented rock. The Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Eric Clapton and numerous other bands were were among the musicians that made significant shits in their styles based on listening to the Band’s first two releases, Music From Big Pink and The Band.

Levon recounts his own history while weaving in the stories of his band mates showing their musical progression and why the Band became a seminal force in rock music. From Levon’s early work, through his years with Ronnie Hawkins, their introduction to Bob Dylan, the evolution of their signature sound and their eventual dissolution Levon’s writing is engaging and relevant. 

 

 

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