Ain't in It for My Health

Ain't in It for My Health

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Rock and roll legend Levon Helm is at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot during the course of two-plus years, this highly anticipated film focuses in on the four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member after his 2007 comeback album, Dirt Farmer, brought him back to the spotlight
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.4216 Ain't
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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This film should be titled THE LAST DAYS OF LEVON as it is a chronicle not so much of his salad days with The Band but his end-of-life struggles with cancer and financial destitution. The collapse of The Band in the 1970s is glossed over but Levon's rage at the recording industry is a persistent theme of AIN'T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH. For the full story consult Helm's autobiography (written with Stephen Davis) THIS WHEEL'S ON FIRE.

Jan 22, 2014

Levon Helm, who died in 2012, was the drummer, singer and sole American in the seminal band, um, The Band. Internal dissensions (some about songwriting credits) tore the group apart, which culminated in their filmed farewell concert, "The Last Waltz." This documentary gives a little bit of history of The Band, but mostly focuses on Helm's later days: his life with his family in upstate New York, his continued music making and his cancer. It's a little unfocused, but it's candid and moving and Helm emerges as a tough, but lovable rock and roll survivor.


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