One of Rock’n Roll’s Great literary Icons Passes Away
Memoir is not the easiest subject to write about, for many writers have delved into the genre, but not all have succeeded. There is a certain irony in this literary field, for just being present at a monumental event does not guarantee a successful written effort. In fact some of the best memoirs have been written about rather mundane subjects. For it seems, that the writer’s skill usually outshines the chosen topic. Prime examples of this phenomena at work, are Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek by Annie Dillard and Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. Both books explore the observations of natural beauty in everyday places.
Fiery Wheel of Writing About Rock & Roll
One of the most interesting of rock’n roll authors passed away just a few days ago. His literary masterpiece was entitled “This Wheel’s On Fire” and by all accounts it heralds the development of one of the most unique bands of the 60s and 70s. Simply called ‘The Band” this group of mostly-Canadian musicians backed up Bob Dylan and created a small cadre of recordings that made a distinctive mark on Rock’n Roll history. Ironically, the one American in the quintet, Levon Helm, sat down and wrote a first-rate biography about his Arkansas roots and how it affected “The Band”. Check it out it is a great read.
The Last Waltz
The Last Waltz is one of the Icons of American rock’n roll cinematography. It features the last concert of “The Band” as performed at the Philmore West in San Francisco. Although the film seems centered on the applausitory accomplishments of Robbie Robertson, one should not forget what musical legacies, Levon Helm brought to’The Band’. His beautiful tenor rhapsodies on such numbers as ‘The Weight” and “Jerimiah’s Revenge” establish this Arkansas native as one of the great voices in contemporary American music.