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Robert Pattinson Joins The Band Biopic

May 25th, 2012 4:50pm EDT
Robert Pattinson
Twilight star Robert Pattinson has signed on to appear in an upcoming film project about rock legends The Band.

Few details are known about the movie, but the British actor reveals it will focus on the group's craft more than anything else.

In an interview with French magazine Les InRockuptibles, Pattinson is quoted as saying, "I'm going to do a movie about The Band, the one that played with (Bob) Dylan: a beautiful script about the nature of songwriting."

The Band was founded in the 1960s by the late Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson and drummer Levon Helm, w...
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Bob Dylan's Emotional Tribute To Levon Helm

April 20th, 2012 12:45pm EDT
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan has paid a poignant tribute to his close pal Levon Helm following The Band star's death on Thursday.

Drummer Helm lost his battle with throat cancer at the age of 71, prompting a wave of tributes from fellow rockers and Hollywood stars.

Now Dylan, who became friends with Helm when his first group The Hawks worked as Dylan's backing band in the 1960s, has added his own eulogy to the late star.

In a post on his official website, Dylan writes, "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 ...
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Slash & Billy Bragg Pay Tribute To Great Drummer Levon Helm

April 20th, 2012 9:03am EDT
Levon Helm
Billy Bragg and Slash have added their tributes to rocker Levon Helm, who lost his battle with cancer on Thursday.

The Band drummer fell ill last month and was forced to scrap a series of concert appearances. Earlier this week, his wife posted a plea for fans to pray for her husband as he battled the "final stages" of his cancer.

And following heartfelt tributes from Sheryl Crow and Helm's once-estranged The Band pal Robbie Robertson, Bragg and Slash offered their respects.

British folk star Bragg took to Twitter with his tribute to "the greatest singing drummer that ever lived," adding,...
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Elton John: 'Levon Helm Will Live On Through My Son'

April 20th, 2012 8:31am EDT
Elton John
Elton John is convinced he came up with the perfect tribute to Levon Helm by naming his son after The Band star.

The Rocket Man immortalized the rocker in his track Levon and also named his baby son after the musician, calling the tot Zachary Jackson Levon.

Elton was devastated to hear of Helm's death from cancer on Thursday, but hopes to keep his memory alive through his little boy.

He tells Entertainment Weekly, "When I heard The Band's music from Big Pink, their music changed my life. And Levon was a big part of that band... He was the greatest drummer and a wonderful singer and ju...
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The Band's Levon Helm Dead At Age 71

April 19th, 2012 10:00pm EDT
Levon Helm
The Band star Levon Helm has lost his battle with throat cancer.

The much-loved rocker died on Thursday in New York, aged 71. Helm's longtime guitarist pal Larry Campbell announced the sad news in a statement to RollingStone.com, which reads: "He passed away peacefully at 1:30 this afternoon surrounded by his friends and band mates.

"All his friends were there, and it seemed like Levon was waiting for them. Ten minutes after they left we sat there and he just faded away. He did it with dignity. It was even two days ago they thought it would happen within hours, but he held on. It seems ...
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Robbie Robertson Reunites With Gravely Ill Levon Helm

April 18th, 2012 10:50pm EDT
Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos
The Band star Robbie Robertson put aside a 35-year feud with estranged bandmate Levon Helm on Sunday and visited his old bandmate in hospital as the drummer battles the final stages of cancer.

Helm's wife Sandy and daughter Amy posted a message on his website on Tuesday asking fans to send "prayers and love" to the stricken rocker.

And a day after Jane Fonda, who worked with Helm on 1984 TV movie The Dollmaker, offered up her tribute to the ailing rocker, Robertson has followed up comments he made about the drummer at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday with a stat...
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Jane Fonda Saddened By Levon Helm's Cancer Battle

April 18th, 2012 8:57am EDT
Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda has told of her sadness after learning The Band star Levon Helm is reaching the "final stages" of his cancer fight, hailing the drummer as "astonishing".

Helm's wife Sandy and daughter Amy posted a message on his website on Tuesday asking fans to send "prayers and love" to the stricken rocker, who is close to death.

Fonda worked with Helm on 1984 TV movie The Dollmaker and she's opened up about her memories of him in a moving post on her blog.

She writes, "I got to know Levon personally because he played my husband in the ABC movie The Dollmaker. He was kind and deep and de...
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Levon Helm, Longtime Drummer Of The Band, In Final Stages Of Cancer Battle

April 17th, 2012 7:19pm EDT
Levon Helm
The family of The Band drummer Levon Helm has announced that the star is nearing the end of his battle with cancer.

Helm's wife Sandy and daughter Amy posted a message to his official website on Tuesday informing fans that the drummer is nearing death.

"Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer," the message reads. "Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.

"Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... He has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, la...
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Two New Grateful Dead Music Collections Out April 7

March 24th, 2009 7:00pm EDT
Grateful Dead
Pinpointing the creative zenith of the Grateful Dead's career would be a challenge fit for even Sisyphus. That said, one could do a lot worse than looking to the fabled spring tour of 1977, long considered by Dead Heads as the very best. During a remarkable 26 shows in 37 days, the Dead played with unparalleled energy, wit, passion and power -- a band at the very top of its game. The tour ended on a euphoric note May 28 at the Hartford Civic Center in Connecticut, where the band previewed several tracks from its soon-to-be-released ninth studio album Terrapin Station.

Listening Par...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 2009 2:14pm EST
Beatles
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...
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New Thanksgiving Traditions

November 25th, 2008 12:13pm EST
The Last Waltz
It all started with some weirdo religious fanatics making wary peace with local culture to celebrate the harvest and to pray that at least some of them will live through the winter.

The noble dreams of our forefathers live on today and as Americans we honor the shaky bonds of our ancestors with Thanksgiving. We all have our favorite holiday past times be it eating yourself into depression, watching the Lions lose or making sure grandma doesn't say anything offensive about minorities. However, like a well worn pair of jeans, some traditions can wear a hole in the seat. Every so often it's...
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Where Do Bands Get Their Names?

November 11th, 2008 11:01am EST
The Band
Sometimes the music doesn't matter. A band that channels the combined genius of John Lennon, Strauss and The Spice Girls can still fall flat with the wrong name. After all, who wants to tell people that their favorite band is called "Truck" or "Lug Nut?" A bad name can kill the potential of any group of musicians. It took more than a few tries to get it right for many of the most popular groups of all time. A few young gents from Britain started off their career calling themselves The Detours and then The High Numbers before ultimately settling on The Who.

Rock history is rife with lor...
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Opening April 4: 'Shine A Light'

April 2nd, 2008 9:44am EDT
Shine a Light
After exploring the careers of The Band and Bob Dylan in The Last Waltz and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, respectively, acclaimed director Martin Scorsese turns his lens on rock & roll legends the Rolling Stones for this documentary focusing on two concerts from the band's 2006 A Bigger Bang tour. Continue Summary

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The Best Songs About Girls From A To Z, Part 2

February 1st, 2008 1:49pm EST
David Bowie
Here's part two of the best songs about girls with every letter of the alphabet, regardless of whether or not the subject of the song is the same as the title. There were two considerations in making the list: How good the song is versus how cool the chick sounds. See A to M here, and check out N to Z:

N: Darling Nikki by Prince because, if you will recall, all her masturbating with a magazine got Tipper Gore's panties all in a bunch, which in turn prompted the Explicit Lyrics stickers.

O: Ophelia by The Band. Pretty cool song, but mostly because there weren't many "O's."

P:...
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The Best Songs About Girls From A To Z, Part 1

January 31st, 2008 2:46pm EST
Simon and Garfunkel
I recently started thinking about the best songs about girls with every letter of the alphabet, regardless of whether or not the subject of the song is the same as the title. This project became a bit of a labor of love since there were two important, sometimes conflicting, considerations: How good the song is versus how cool the chick sounds. Ultimately, I had to pick songs that struck the best balance between these two considerations.

A: Amie by Pure Prairie League. A nod to Angie by The Rolling Stones, but if he's dumping her she couldn't have been that great.

B: Bernadette b...
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Emmylou Harris Rarities Take Flight On 'Songbird'; Win The Set

September 19th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Emmylou Harris
LOS ANGELES -- 12-time Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris retraces the back roads of her remarkable musical journey that spans more than three decades with a highly personalized, far-reaching boxed set spotlighting her favorite tracks and difficult-to-find or previously unreleased gems.

Rhino lets one of the most instantly recognizable voices of any genre call the tunes for this four-CD and one-DVD collection of career favorites, difficult-to-find material and live performances from her days with Gram Parsons and, later, the Hot Band to her bluegrass material and her fascinating concep...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 2

August 2nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Kevin Smith
Happy Birthday to "Terminator 2" actor Edward Furlong (1977), "Clerks 2" director/actor Kevin Smith (1970), Canadian guitarist Jeff Healy (1966), "Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker (1964), singer/actress Apollonia Kotero (1959), "SNL" alum Victoria Jackson (1959), musician Mojo Nixon (1957), "The Munsters" actor Butch Patrick (1953), actor Max Wright (1943), actress Joanna Cassidy (1943), horror director Wes Craven (1939), The Band keyboardist Garth Hudson (1937), "Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole (1932), "All in the Family" star Carroll O'Connor (1924; d. 2001), and silver screen star M...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 5

July 5th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Edie Falco
Happy Birthday to rappers Royce Da 5'9" (1977) and RZA (1969), "Law & Order CI" actress Kathryn Erbe (1966), "The Sopranos" actress Edie Falco (1963), Steppenwolf guitarist Michael Monarch (1950), singer Huey Lewis (1950), The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson (1944), actress Shirley Knight (1936), "Soap" actress Katherine Helmond (1934), actor Warren Oates (1928; d. 1982), and circus pioneer P.T. Barnum (1810).
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Omnibus Press To Launch New Bob Dylan Book

February 28th, 2007 2:20pm EST
Bob Dylan
Omnibus Press is pleased to announce the June 2007 release of Kathleen Mackay's new book, "Bob Dylan: Intimate Insights From Friends And Fellow Musicians." The book is a unique oral history of a major musician who has played a significant role in America's cultural history for the last 40 years. Bob Dylan's friends--from Pete Seeger to Bruce Springsteen to Rosanne Cash to Bono to Tom Petty--offer insight into the singer-songwriter's artistic genius and personality.

His story is told by the musicians who were at his side during the rollicking changes and artistic breakthroughs of the '...
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"My Name Is Earl" Soundtrack Features Exclusive New Recordings From Uncle Kracker, Matthew Sweet, and John Hiatt; Plus Earl's Own Picks

September 18th, 2006 12:29pm EDT
My Name Is Earl
"My Name Is Earl - The Album" features brand new, never before released tracks from Matthew Sweet, Uncle Kracker, John Hiatt and rock newcomers Van Nuys, recorded exclusively for the soundtrack. In addition, the album includes some of Earl's favorite songs used in episodes which aired during the premiere '05-'06 season. Shout! Factory worked with Earl (Jason Lee) and the show's creator Greg Garcia to put together the soundtrack, which also includes key sound bytes from the show, and an unheard vocal version of the "My Name Is Earl" theme song. "My Name Is Earl - The Album" arrives in sto...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 2

August 2nd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Kevin Smith
Happy Birthday to "Terminator 2" actor Edward Furlong (1977), "Clerks 2" director/actor Kevin Smith (1970), Canadian guitarist Jeff Healy (1966), "Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker (1964), singer/actress Apollonia Kotero (1959), "SNL" alum Victoria Jackson (1959), musician Mojo Nixon (1957), "The Munsters" actor Butch Patrick (1953), actor Max Wright (1943), actress Joanna Cassidy (1943), horror director Wes Craven (1939), The Band keyboardist Garth Hudson (1937), "Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole (1932), "All in the Family" star Carroll O'Connor (1924; d. 2001), and silver screen star M...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 5

July 5th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Edie Falco
Happy Birthday to rappers Royce Da 5'9" (1977) and RZA (1969), "Law & Order CI" actress Kathryn Erbe (1966), "The Sopranos" actress Edie Falco (1963), Steppenwolf guitarist Michael Monarch (1950), singer Huey Lewis (1950), The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson (1944), actress Shirley Knight (1936), "Soap" actress Katherine Helmond (1934), actor Warren Oates (1928; d. 1982), and circus pioneer P.T. Barnum (1810).
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 26

May 26th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Lenny Kravitz
Happy Birthday to WWE Diva Ashley Massaro (1979), South Park co-creator Matt Stone (1971), "The Corpse Bride" actress Helena Bonham Carter (1966), rock star Lenny Kravitz (1964), "General Hospital" actress Genie Francis (1962), comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (1962), film and tv actress Margaret Colin (1957), "Jackie Brown" star Pam Grier (1949), country superstar Hank Williams Jr. (1949), "Miami Vice" actor Philip Michael Thomas (1949), Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks (1948), British guitarist Mick Ronson (1946; d. 1993), The Band drummer Levon Helm (1942), jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (1926; d...
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Various Artists Featured On Neil Diamond Compilation "Forever Neil Diamond;" Out May 23

May 9th, 2006 4:07pm EDT
Neil Diamond
On May 23rd celebrate the songwriting talents of superstar musician and performer Neil Diamond with a brand new collection of songs on CD. Recorded by a tremendously varied group of artists over an equally expansive period of time, Forever Neil Diamond showcases the wide appeal of these 14 Diamond-penned classics. Beginning with pop band The Monkees' 1967 #2 Billboard pop chart hit "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" to the legendary Elvis Presley's 1970 recording of "And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind" to alternative rockers Urge Overkill's cover of "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon," Diamond's...
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Daniel Lanois Receives Lifetime Achievment Award & U2 Concert Shout Out

November 23rd, 2005 3:14pm EST
Daniel Lanois
U2 producer and solo artist Daniel Lanois was honored earlier this week with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hamilton Music Awards in his native Canada. Lanois, hailed as one of the most influential producers in pop music over the past 20 years, was presented with his award by Garth Hudson, legendary keyboard player for The Band. Lanois received three other Hamilton Music Awards including, best producer, best guitarist and best instrumental recording - - for his latest solo album, Belladonna.

As part of a special tribute to Lanois, Irish supergroup U2 interrupted their sold out c...
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