Levon: From Down in the Delta to the Birth of The Band and Beyond Audiobook, by Sandra B. Tooze Play Audiobook Sample

Levon: From Down in the Delta to the Birth of The Band and Beyond Audiobook

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Read By: Rosemary Benson Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781696603010

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Longest Chapter Length:

57:47 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

26:19 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

38:25 minutes

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Publisher Description

A dazzling, epic biography of Levon Helm—the beloved, legendary drummer and singer of the Band.

He sang the anthems of a generation: "The Weight," "Up on Cripple Creek," and "Life Is a Carnival." Levon Helm's story—told here through sweeping research and interviews with close friends and fellow musicians—is the rollicking story of American popular music itself.

In the Arkansas Delta, a young Levon witnessed "blues, country, and gospel hit in a head-on collision," as he put it. The result was rock 'n' roll. As a teenager, he joined the raucous Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, then helped merge a hard-driving electric sound with Bob Dylan's folk roots, and revolutionized American rock with the Band. Helm not only provided perfect "in the pocket" rhythm and unforgettable vocals, he was the Band's soul.

Levon traces a rebellious life on the road, from being booed with Bob Dylan to the creative cauldron of Big Pink, the Woodstock Festival, world tours, The Last Waltz, and beyond with the man Dylan called "one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation."

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“Narrator Rosemary Benson creates the voices of the major and minor figures in this biography of Levon Helm, drummer for The Band. She delivers a convincing voicing of Helm’s soft Arkansas dialect and even mimics incidental characters such as saxophonist Bobby Keys and folk singer Happy Traum. Author Tooze’s excellent research keeps the biography interesting.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Tooze brings to the table an impressive heap of research [and] a sure grasp of Helm’s musical accomplishments…[Tooze] is particularly good on Helm’s childhood.”

    — Boston Globe
  • “This is an essential read for fans of the Band and beyond.”

    — Modern Drummer
  • “Tooze is a no-frills scribe―she’s done her homework and she straightforwardly tells Helm’s story.”

    — Mojo
  • “Levon achieves a clear picture of Helm’s magnetic personality with very little editorializing and no sycophancy.”

    — Quill & Quire


  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

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About Sandra B. Tooze

Sandra B. Tooze garnered world-wide acclaim for her book Muddy Waters: The Mojo Man.

About Rosemary Benson

Rosemary Benson is a voice talent and audiobook narrator whose lifetime of live performance includes musical and audience interactive theater, cabaret, touring with bands and ensembles internationally, recording, and hosting special events.