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Published: 2012/04/20

Bob Dylan Pays Tribute to Levon Helm

Bob Dylan has commented on Levon Helm’s passing. In a rare personal post on his website, the legendary songwriter shared a short reflection on his former drummer:

He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation. This is just so sad to talk about. I still can remember the first day I met him and the last day I saw him. We go back pretty far and had been through some trials together. I’m going to miss him, as I’m sure a whole lot of others will too.

Helm served as Dylan’s drummer on one of The Bard’s first electric outings. Though they at first only knew Dylan as a Woody Guthrie disciple, Helm and the rest of The Band signed on as his backing band in the mid ’60s and performed with Dylan during one of his most groundbreaking periods (though Helm dropped off tour for a while due to hostile crowds unhappy Dylan “plugged in”). In more recent years, Dylan and Helm shared a few festival bills with their respective bands.


There are 3 comments associated with this post

Timmy April 20, 2012, 14:27:36

Dylan and The Band joining forces was just simply amazing. Two worlds colliding for a moment that will live forever. The incalcuable impact and the countless influences they have on modern music goes without saying. Levon shall be released! May you find peace brother.

Eric April 21, 2012, 10:45:41

Ashes of laughter. The ghost is clear. Why do the best things always disappear? RIP Rambler.

call me roy April 21, 2012, 15:17:14

Many people don’t understand what an incredible influence The Band was too many top musicians. English musicians in particular were drawn to The Band.
Eric Clapton, inspired by listening to a bootlegged acetate of The Basement Tapes in 1968, travelled to The Band’s camp in Woodstock, N.Y., to see if there was room for a second guitarist. There was not. “They had a very closed scene,” he recalled in 2004. “I wanted to be part of it, but there was no way in. All I could do was admire it from afar, and long for something similar.”
Admiring from afar is what many of us will always do Levon. Rest in peace.

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