Thursday, April 19, 2012

Goodbye, Levon Helm

Watch Quick Hits: Levon Helm Performs "The Weight" on PBS. See more from Sound Tracks.

An Arkansas boy, he joined up with fellow Razorback Ronnie Hawkins and followed him to Canada where, with the addition of some Canadian musicians, they became Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, and spread the gospel of rock 'n' roll in the Great Frozen North. Later, sans Hawkins, they became Dylan's backup band. Then they became The Band, makers of so much sublime music. The clip above, thanks to PBS, shows Levon drumming and singing with a group called the Midnight Ramblers on the classic Band song "The Weight" sometime not too long ago. Levon died today at 71, from "complications of cancer."

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Only existing video footage of Titanic.

This film footage evidently shows Titanic either at the conclusion of her fitting out, preparatory to sea trials, or after sea trials were complete, departing for service, at the Thompson Graving Dock of Harland & Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, where she was built. J. Bruce Ismay was the head of White Star Line (which later merged with Cunard), her owner. The old film is interspersed with several segments showing her wreckage, as taken from deep-diving submarines. Four years ago I posted about a possible new explanation for the rapidity of Titanic's sinking.

Thanks to John Wirenius for the link and to Aaron1912 for the clip.