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Levon Helm, who until his death in carried on a bitter feud with Robertson about songwriting credits and royalties, stated that it was Robertson himself who unilaterally decided to quit touring. Helm charged that the film was Robertson's attempt to paint himself as the Face of the Band and launch himself into a film career.

If so this was ironic, as this film launched Levon Helm to the more successful acting career, including as narrator of The Right Stuff and a starring role in Coal Miner's Daughter. Helm also claimed that Robertson, who rarely sang despite writing most of The Band's material due to his poor voice, was singing into a dead microphone on stage. Random trivia: note Neil Young's wild-eyed, goofy smile when he comes back on stage for the finale.

Young had been snorting quite a bit of cocaine backstage, and came out with a distinctly visible coke-encrusted booger under his nose. The coke booger was removed in post-production. Some learned, for instance, that they were not really hearing what was played that night: Much of the parts were later overdubbed in the studio because the playing was so sloppy.

But it doesn't make you love them any less. The hard tales from the road, the stories of personal tension, and the rigors of the touring life only excited Gillian Welch and her partner David Rawlings even more. We drive around in a Cadillac, and have been doing that for 20 years. Things went from bad The Last Waltz worse. InManuel hanged himself after ingesting liquor and cocaine. A heart The Last Waltz after decades of drink and drugs killed Danko in But cancer took him in Hudson and Robertson The Last Waltz still alive.

My interest in this group, album and film are not entirely archival. As a kid, I was dragged, partly against my will, to see the movie at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. At the time I was a pure British Invasion-and-Dylan zealot — the idea that country rock even existed or could The Last Waltz any good had never crossed my mind.

My father insisted. It took me years to get deeply into alt-country and the blues and The Last Waltz Morrison, but I was launched on a journey. I dedicate this story to his memory. There was unquestionably a feeling of something coming to a conclusion and a door opening The Last Waltz something else.

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