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, I’d love for you to read it. The Book of Levon is available digitally through amazon and in paperback through lulu.com

Give yourself a Levon Helm birthday present!

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.