This week we sit down and chat with Joe Forno. Forno was born in Woodstock, New York. His father an influential local and was friendly with The Band. Forno graduated Albany College of Pharmacy in 1973 and had a career as a pharmacist before assisting Richard Manuel and Levon Helm with their business dealings in 1983 that eventually lead to Forno managing The Band after Richard Manuel’s unfortunate death in 1986.
We talk to Joe about his career managing The Band, his personal relationships with Richard, Rick, Garth and Levon and some large revelations about the group in his new book, Levon’s Man: The Death of Richard Manuel, And My Decade Managing The Band.
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