We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I played with Levon Helm for a few years with "Levon and the Allstars" back in the late 80's and early 90's. We used to play at the Lone Star Cafe in NYC a lot and Dylan sat in with us a couple of times. Levon introduced me to him and he didn't even acknowledge me. LOL! We played up in Halifax and I met a girl who had been Dylan's gal friday for a spell until she couldn't stand it anymore. She had some stories!
One of the most interesting experiences I had with Levon was a gig at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, when Bruce Sprinsteen joined the band onstage (Max Weinberg was in the band at the time). This was at the time when Bruce was at the height of his popularity. The stage was only a couple of feet off the ground and maybe 30' wide and 10-12' deep. The place was mobbed and the security guards were struggling to keep the crowd from rushing the stage. I was two feet to the left of Bruce and looking right into the eyes of the absolutely crazed countenances of the mob. With nothing but a few feet between our backs and a brick wall we were really scared for our safety. I've never seen a display of collective madness like that.
I'm too lazy and am a "two fingered tongue between the teeth" typist, but if you haven't already read it Levon's autobiography "This Wheel's On Fire" is a great read. I highly recommend it. Talk about some stories! Man we had some big fun in that band....
Some months ago I made some remarks about Bob Dylan and his anti war position that were ( nothing like homework) wrong.
It appears he went out of his way to avoid getting involved in that entire movement. The more I read about those efforts the greater my appreciation for what he eschewed and what it might have cost him. Fortunately his gifts to the world of music transcended any fur balls that did develop among some of his contemporaries.
Went to Levons house at Woodstock in November for the Midnight Ramble. My cousin works there and he got me and my wife guest passes for my birthday. He reserved seats right up front ( my foot could touch Levons drum set ). I was sitting next to Larry Campbells mom. What a night. I recommend it to all. Also, get a hold of Levons new CD Dirt Farmer. Best collection of Traditional American music I've heard in years.
I play guitar and sax. Next time you see him tell him Paul from Cali says hello. Mention that I played those two instruments in the "Doom Brothers" with him, Stan Szelest (sp?), and Jim Wieder and he'll remember me. I keep my last name off the internet to keep the moonbats I work with out here from finding out I'm an evil conservative.
BD's right Paul, you should write this stuff down. I have been a fan of the Band since the 60's. Seen them in concert whenever I could. Was at the Rock of Ages concert- best concert I was ever at. After Robbie left, I went to see them at the Chance in Poughkeepsie whenever I could. They were playing with the Cate Brothers at that time. Unfortunately I never saw Levon and the RCO All Stars. Your right about Levons book. It provides great insight to the Band and Levon's life and times. Nice meeting you Paul. Hope you still play music.