Levon Helm met Ronnie Hawkins at the age of 17 and formed what would soon become the Band. He maintained a successful career as a singer and actor until his death in 2012. Stephen Davis is the author of numerous books, including Hammer of the Gods, Jim Morrison, More Room in a Broken Heart, Old Gods Almost Dead, and Walk This Way. He lives in Milton, Massachusetts.
"This Wheel's On Fire delivers Levon Helm unfiltered, at once
feisty and welcoming to anyone who comes across his story. . . .
It's one hell of a story." --PasteMagazine.com
"A must-read for anyone interested in Rock and Roll's golden age." --Williamsport Sun-Gazette
"A soulful and passionate memoir. On every page Helm offers the reader folksy, straightforward wisdom gained from a lifetime of roadhouses, stadiums, and dancehalls. . . . This Wheel's on Fire is reminiscent of Woody Guthrie's Bound for Glory--both books are compelling and unforgettable personal narratives about the power of music to transcend even the most unmitigated circumstances. . . . Levon Helm doesn't miss a beat." --Houston Chronicle
"Helm lays it all bare in vivid, impassioned prose, adding an earthy, back-woods tone that makes the book read like a Southern novel, like Thomas Wolfe writing about rock 'n' roll." --Boston Globe
"Levon Helm's memoir has real wit and passion. His Southern-fried storytelling stands on its own, and it will make you dig out your vinyl to remember why you loved the Band's music so much. . . . Helm's tales from the road have real snap and humor; reading This Wheel's on Fire, you almost don't want that era to end." --Boston Phoenix
"One of the most insightful and intelligent rock bios in recent memory." --Entertainment Weekly
"The best inside-look book I've seen. . . . It's highly readable--Levon's narrative is written in a breezy, conversational style--and refreshingly honest." --Indianapolis Review