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.
"A must-read for anyone interested in Rock and Roll's golden age." --Williamsport Sun-Gazette
"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
"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
"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
"One of the most insightful and intelligent rock bios in recent memory." --Entertainment Weekly
"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
"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