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Rest In Peace, Levon Helm

It's a funny thing, my relationship with The Band. They were a band that I wasn't super aware of for a long, long time—that era of rock was something of which I was mostly ignorant for most of my years growing up.

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A few years after college, I watched Martin Scorsese's phenomenal film The Last Waltz (The trailer is above), and was like… "Oh. Wow, I have been missing out."

Today, Levon Helm, The Band singer with that incredible voice, passed away from throat cancer. Tonight seems like it might be a good time to sit back and watch The Last Waltz again, and remember this amazing era of music.

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And if you've never really listened to The Band, that movie is a great place to start.

Thanks for all the music, Levon. Rest in peace.

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Says a lot when I know of (and heard) every single one of those artists from that clip. Says I'm gettin' too @#$@ old, man. But I remember the movie of course; came out when I was a teenager, when all of those people were still quite big and on the minds of the teens and 20-somethings, even with punk and disco they were still popular. And Bob Dylan doing Gospel! Who'd have thought that back then?

The song is the classic "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", and it is what you'd expect it to be with a name like that. And it is great, perhaps the best version of that song (which many, including Joan Baez, has performed). Just drink it in, and listen to what was one of the greatest bands in the world.

RIP, man.