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On March 17, 2007, after beating cancer and losing and regaining his voice, Levon Helm and his band played the Beacon Theater. It was a great personal triumph, and as you will see at the beginning of this clip, he offers his gratitude to his doctor. He got five more wonderful, music-filled years after this show. Tomorrow, May 26, he would have turned 73. I have found the story of this great American artist to be quite moving, felt compelled to write about his struggles and his constancy, and naturally, Iā€™d love for you to read it. The Book of Levon is available digitally through amazon and in paperback through

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Jamie Malanowski

Jamie Malanowski is a writer and editor. He has been an editor at Time, Esquire and most recently Playboy, where he was Managing Editor.