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Starting with the image of a tour bus warming its engine in the stillness of an empty lot, this haunting, personal portrait of music legend Levon Helm evokes the mood of a lifetime spent on the road. Jacob Hatley's extraordinarily intimate documentary finds Helm, a founding member of The Band, at home in Woodstock in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. The ultimate survivor, he's overcome drugs, bankruptcy, the bitter breakup of The Band and a bout of throat cancer -but then, as the rueful title indicates, he wasn't in it for his health.Written by
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Huge fan of the music of the Band and Levon Helm in particular. Also very much enjoy documentaries of musicians as they lay out their influences, innovations, interactions, etc.
You'll get none of that here. Here you will get the presentation of an apparent drug addled simpleton. The contemporaries presented are also one dimensional vapids. I understand the man was going through medical problems but this was indulgent in the extreme.
Levon Helm had produced Electric Dirt and Dirt Farmer in close proximity to this film and great musical accomplishments prior as a solo artist and Band leader. There has to be more to that person than depicted here.
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