Levon Helm was born on this day in 1943. Here he is with a partially reformed version of The Band performing “When I Paint My Masterpiece” at the 30th anniversary celebration of Bob Dylan’s career in 1992. Dylan wrote the song, but The Band was the first to record it, on Cahoots.
Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.More by Ed Kilgore