Passings ~ Levon Helm (1940-2012)
One of the very first albums I ever bought was the brown, self-titled offering from The Band. I was probably a sophomore in high school. My parents had a big console stereo with legs a foot long or so. I used to put on the record, turn up the volume, and then lay on the floor with my head under the stereo. In subsequent years I saw the Band live on several occasions too. What a treat. How could a bunch of Canadians make such great music? And, where'd they get those hats?
Yesterday (non-Canadian) Levon Helm died. There is an obituary here at The New York Times. It is a very sad event