40 Greatest Rock Documentaries

August 15, 2014

The movies started flirting with what would be called "rock & roll" from the very beginning, slapping Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" onto a scene in the juvenile-delinquent drama The Blackboard Jungle (1955) and co-opting Elvis...



The Band Play Woodstock

November 26, 2013

The roughly half million people at Woodstock had endured a lot by the time the Band took the stage at 10 p.m. on the final night of the three-day festival. The traffic jam, rain, mud and notorious bad brown acid made for some tough times, as did the basic...

Album Review

Live at the Academy of Music 1971

September 23, 2013

In these days of near-instantaneous, shit-sounding YouTube bootlegs, it's hard to recall how great live recordings can be. Rock of Ages is indeed a great live recording – in his 1972 Rolling Stone review, included in this reissue, Ralph J. Gleason...


The Band Cover Springsteen in 1994

August 15, 2013

The Band may have said farewell at The Last Waltz in 1976, but just seven years later, they were back on the road. Guitarist Robbie Robertson declined to participate, however, so the four other members soldiered on without him. The audiences were smaller...


Levon Helm's Last Years Captured in 'Ain't in It for My Health'

April 15, 2013

One night in August 2008, Levon Helm sat in his kitchen in Woodstock, New York after playing a Midnight Ramble gig in his barn, smoking some "northern Californian organic" and sharing stories with friends like Billy Bob Thornton and Chris Robinson. When...


Rehearsal Footage for 'Love for Levon'

March 18, 2013

Last October, musicians and friends gathered in New Jersey to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Levon Helm, who died last April at age 71. Roger Waters, John Mayer, Gregg Allman, Ray LaMontagne, Dierks Bentley and My Morning Jacket were among...


Garth Hudson's Belongings Sold at Garage Sale

February 25, 2013

The Band's Garth Hudson saw some of his belongings sold off this weekend by his landlord in a Kingston, New York, garage sale after failing to pay rent on his loft space for about seven years, the Times Herald-Record reports. The multi-instrumentalist,...


John Mayer Sings for First Time in Years

January 18, 2013

On Wednesday, John Mayer sang onstage for the first time since he started battling the vocal issues that led to two surgeries and a canceled tour last year. Mayer made an appearance at a Bozeman, Montana, benefit show for firefighters, marking the first...


What Is the Greatest Song by The Band?

November 29, 2013

The original incarnation of the Band lasted only eight years, but during that time they released seven albums, toured relentlessly and wrote a stunning amount of incredible songs. Most bands that lasted five times that long can only dream of a legacy...


Wilco, Guster and Furthur Members to Recreate 'The Last Waltz'

November 22, 2013

Almost 37 years to the day after the Band staged their farewell gig, the "Last Waltz," at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, members of Wilco, Furthur, Guster, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Blitzen Trapper, Delta Spirit and many other groups are coming...


Song Premiere: Robbie Robertson Revisits 'Smoke Signal'

September 10, 2013

Just after midnight at the Band's 1971 New Year's Eve blowout at New York's Academy of Music, they gave their fans a truly major surprise: Bob Dylan, whom they backed on his generation-shaking 1965-66 tour. Dylan arrived onstage looking remarkably like...


Levon Helm Documentary Premiering in April

April 1, 2013

The documentary Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm will make its U.S. theatrical debut on April 19th, the first anniversary of Helm's death. The film will premiere at Cinema Village in New York before showing in select cities. Elton John,...


Garth Hudson Auction on Hold

March 15, 2013

Late last month, several of Garth Hudson’s belongings were sold to the public by a Kingston, New York landlord who claimed Hudson failed to pay more than $50,000 in storage space fees. The event drew Hudson supporters after the former Band keyboardist...


Elton John, Mumford & Sons to Honor Levon Helm at Grammys

February 6, 2013

The Midnight Ramble will roll on at the Grammys when Elton John and Mumford & Sons lead a tribute to the late Levon Helm, The Associated Press reports. As part of the awards show's in memoriam tribute, John and Mumford & Sons will be joined...



The Complete Last Waltz Recreates the Band's Farewell Concert

November 25, 2012

On Saturday night at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, a group of mostly indie-rock artists from Brooklyn – and their friends and heroes – all converged on stage for a three and a half hour tribute to the Band's swan song, The Last Waltz,...


Wilco's Nels Cline to Play Eric Clapton's Role at 'Last Waltz' Tribute Show

November 21, 2012

On Saturday, an all-star lineup of mostly indie musicians will come together at San Francisco's Warfield Theater to perform "The Complete Last Waltz," a tribute to the Band's marathon farewell concert. The players will include Nels Cline of Wilco, Dave...


Levon Helm Documentary Coming to Movie Theaters

October 29, 2012

The 2010 documentary Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm will be released in movie theaters nationwide for the first time next year. The film follows the singer-drummer and longtime member of the Band after his 2007 comeback...