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Sunday, April 21, 2019

FIRST LOOK: Neil Young In Studio w/ Crazy Horse (Full Moon Session)

Neil Young In Studio w/ Crazy Horse
(Full Moon Session)
via Rusted Moon

Neil Young has posted short video sequences of the sessions for the new album with "Crazy Horse" on Instagram (see snapshots above via Rusted Moon).

The snippets show the band jamming on April 20 at full moon in a recording studio high in the Rocky Mountains.

via Neil Young Archives

Last month, Neil Young confirmed that more Crazy Horse concerts were to be scheduled, as well as, a new Crazy Horse album was in the works.

Then, earlier this month, on Letters to the Editor section | Neil Young Archives, Neil writes that "Crazy Horse is about to enter the studio with 11 new ones."

via Neil Young Archives

So it looks like the first new album with Crazy Horse in 7 years since the release of Psychedelic Pill. Nils Lofgren will join the sessions. Neil writes on NYA: "Nils, seen in shadow on the image above, will be with Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot and I, making our new CRAZY HORSE music high in the Rockies."

Frank "Poncho" Sampedro, has stated that he is "retired" per a recent interview with Uncut Magazine.

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BOOK REVIEW: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young by David Browne | Washington Post

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:
The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock’s Greatest Supergroup

by David Browne

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A new book titled Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock’s Greatest Supergroup by David Browne has just been published. (See book excerpt.)

From Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young | "Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were completely dysfunctional. And so successful." | Washington Post review by David Kirby:
Imagine a production of “Hamlet” with three Hamlets. Or four or two: No one is certain who will show up when, not even the actors themselves. Now move the action from a castle in Denmark to a recording studio in Los Angeles, and instead of fratricide and revenge, let king-size egos drive the drama, boosted by a mountain of cocaine and an ocean of alcohol. Give each Hamlet a dozen Ophelias, even a wife or two from time to time, and encourage swapping.

Now you have a sense of what it was like to witness the rise, fall, resurrection and multi-car pileup that was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the folk-rock supergroup that shaped and were shaped by 1960s and ’70s counterculture while propelling millions of music lovers to near-orgasmic levels of joy, and almost killing themselves (and each other) along the way. David Browne’s “Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock’s Greatest Supergroup” is for music lovers, but it should also be required reading for students of group dynamics. Bands implode all the time, but it’s rare for one to operate so dysfunctionally over five decades while also spawning so many imitators, influencing so many musicians and producing so much memorable music, including such hits as “Teach Your Children” and “Ohio.” Veteran journalist Browne is a senior reporter at Rolling Stone and has written books on the Grateful Dead and the Beatles, among others. It’s clear that he is a huge fan of these guys, which means that he likes them a lot more than they liked each other.
Full review @ Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young by David Browne | "Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were completely dysfunctional. And so successful." | Washington Post review by David Kirby. (Over 265+ Comments?!)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
The "Virginia Is For Lovers" Concert
Foreman Field @ Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia - August 27, 1974

(Incidentally, the photo above. Click to enlarge. The editor of this blog attended this CSNY concert. It was the future thrasher's very first concert at a tender young age. To say the day left an impression would be an understatement of biblical proportions.)

More on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock’s Greatest Supergroup by David Browne.

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CSN&Y - Concord, CA, July 25, 2006

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Special Song of the Day on Neil Young Archives: ‘Roll Another Number’ - Happy #420Day!

Happy #420Day!

This was funny back in 1975... maybe not so much today. Happy #420 Day! ☮️❤️

More #420Day funny business. enjoy

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Stephen Stills Cover "New Mama" by Neil Young

Stephen Stills covers song "New Mama" by Neil Young on album Stills, released in 1975.

From Neil Young's album "Tonight's The Night" , also released in 1975, but song written in 1972. (Also, see more on the album Tonight's The Night and the Ditch/Doom/Wilderness Trilogy.)

Neil Young wrote the song "New Mama" about Carrie Snodgress, who had just given birth to their son Zeke.

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Carrie Snodgress

More on the "New Mama" Carrie Snodgress and Neil Young. Neil Young also wrote the songs "A Man Needs A Maid" from "Harvest" and "Motion Pictures" from "On The Beach" about Carrie Snodgress.

Carrie Snodgress and Neil Young with The "Old Man" (Louis Avala)
Broken Arrow Ranch - 1970

More on The "Old Man" Louis Avala & Neil Young via 1970 Dutch documentary film by Wim Van der Linden.

Hanging w/ Zeke Young, son of the "New Mama" & Neil Backstage @
2015 Bridge School Benefit Concerts Weekend

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Friday, April 19, 2019

David Briggs and Neil Young: "How Survivals, Grief and Legacies Unfold in American Music" by Caryn Rose

"How Survivals, Grief and Legacies Unfold in American Music"
by Caryn Rose @ 2019 Pop Conference at MoPop - Seattle

The late David Briggs was Neil Young's producer on several key albums including Tonight's The Night, Zuma and Ragged Glory. Briggs' influence on the recording process has been lauded as a major contributing factor to Neil Young's recording success bringing a unique "discipline" to the process.

David Briggs and Neil Young make for an interesting intersection at this year's 2019 Pop Conference at MoPop for the conference theme "How Survivals, Grief and Legacies Unfold in American Music" by Caryn Rose.

Only You and Your Ghost Will Know: Music, Death and Afterlife
2019 Pop Conference at MoPop

Caryn Rose is a music writer, crabby old punk rock lady writing for P4K, Pollstar, Vulture, NPR and Salon. Caryn's session on David Briggs and Neil Young addresses “Growing Up In Public: Musicians Processing Loss in Modern Times.”

The David Briggs and Neil Young section begins at ~4:00.

Caryn Rose's thesis centers on the 1996 "The Year of the Horse" concept which came from longtime Neil Young and Crazy Horse producer David Briggs:
"Probably more the fifth member of Crazy Horse than anybody could ever be," says Frank "Poncho" Sampedro. Shortly before his death in November of 1995, Briggs was looking ahead to the coming year and told Young, "This is the Year of the Horse ." According to Young, Briggs also told him: "All you have to do now is get closer to the source. Keep getting purer and purer."
(source: official Crazy Horse Reprise Records Biography, May, 1997. PR for Year of The Horse, directed by Jim Jarmusch.)

Year of the Horse
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

From symposium agenda Only You and Your Ghost Will Know: Music, Death and Afterlife
2019 Pop Conference at MoPop
Popular music has long been centrally concerned with death and the afterlife.

Songs, recordings, and musical traditions have expressed both mourning and celebration and have—in some cases—helped envision the possibilities of a continued existence where “death is not the end.” From gospel to metal and beyond, music pays tribute to the departed, offers opportunities for ceremony and commemoration, and helps to process tragedies both personal and public. It even blurs the boundaries between states of life and death, offering sonic and symbolic evidence for hauntings, purgatories, and the continued presence of ancestors in the lives of the earthbound. Genres, formats, and media exist in a continual process of transformation, decay, and re-emergence—and boost both active artists and defunct (or deceased) ones. Songs and performances are reborn through new versions, different contexts, and changing relationships with audiences.

Beyond this, pop music cycles through its own series of “deaths” and “afterlives.” The work of the deceased is remixed, reclaimed, and reconstituted by new generations of musicians, scholars, compilers, and fan communities, while record companies, museums, tourist sites, and others preserve, profit from, and sometimes fetishize their memory. (These commemorations have taken on a distinctively digital character in the era of social media, YouTube, holograms, and the continued use of sampling.) And pop music—in its many forms—offers a cultural afterlife for sounds and populations that have been dispersed and displaced, helping to form new communities and maintain connections to those that have been lost.

While a constant concern, recent years have only amplified these dynamics. A wave of prominent musician deaths, from David Bowie to Aretha Franklin, has amplified conversations over music’s relationship to mortality and the nature of fan mourning in the digital age. (Some of these attempts, like the proposed use of a Prince hologram at the 2017 Super Bowl, have been greeted with controversy.) Public tragedies from killings marked by #BlackLivesMatter memorials to ongoing refugee crises have been suffused with music as both sustenance and response, while the rise of mass shootings at music venues from Paris to the Pulse nightclub provoked specific responses from affected artists and audiences as well as a broader championing of music as a means of memorial and healing. And, across genre and language, music continues to contend with the questions of life, death, and potential resurrection as a central subject matter and metaphor for conversations ranging from the economics of streaming to the health of genres like country and hip-hop.
Neil Young and Producer David Briggs, 1995
Photo by Pegi Young
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Rustie Lauri "Over & Over" Lieber: 1964 - 2019

Rustie Lauri Lieber: 1964 - 2019
("Over & Over" w/ Rustie of the Month Crown)

Much beloved Rustie Lauri Lieber died on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Hackensack University Medical Center. She was 55 years old.

Lauri, far left
w/ Paul, Leo, Marilyn, Kathy, Ron & HarryO
Neil Young + POTR - Jones Beach, July 21, 2015

Friends, Shaina is requesting that we please email her pictures we have of Lauri to

Lauri w/ Neil Young's Setlist - July 21,2015

Lauri was a long time rustie who made friends with Neil Young fans from around the world. Here at Thrasher's Wheat, we have known Lauri for decades and have shared many Neil Young concert memories like Telluride, 2016 and her last Neil concert in Philadelphia, 2018. She will be truly missed by all.

Rustie Lauri rocking out (B2B) w/ Neil Young, front row, Red Rocks, 2012)

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Lauri grew up in Kiamesha Lake, NY and lived in Patchogue, NY for 20 years prior to moving to Clifton, NJ 3 years ago.

Lauri w/ Joanne, Hounds That Howell & thrasher
Bridge Weekend/IRF - 2013

Lauri graduated from State University of New York, Oneonta and was a teacher in Central Islip, NY for 20 years.

Telluride Plate Art by Lauri
A gift to Thrasher's Wheat which we will always cherish

Lauri was the mother of Shaina Stolworthy (Nick Randall) and Andrew Stammworthy (Corina). She was also the daughter of Gerald Lieber and the late Phylene (nee Schlifstein) Lieber and the sister of Julie Ardito and Stephen Lieber.

Lauri w/ soul sister Joyce Coll
(thrasher flashing peace sign between Lauri & Joyce)
Neil Young Solo @ Tower Theater Upper Darby PA - Oct 1, 2018

Lauri "Over & Over" w/ soul sister Joyce Coll - Last Photo
Neil Young Solo @ Tower Theater Upper Darby PA - Oct 1, 2018

Also, the family is requesting that donations in her memory be made to The Bridge School.

A Gathering of Friends honoring her life will be held in the Prout Funeral Home, 370 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona NJ on Friday, April 19 from 4:40 pm to 7:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the The Bridge School.


The Bridge School
@ 545 Eucalyptus Avenue, Hillsborough, CA 94010-6404 T: 650-696-7295 would be appreciated.

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Neil Young Splits The Difference on Times-Contrarian | NYA

Neil Young is splitting the difference on Times-Contrarian | Neil Young Archives.

In today's Times-Contrarian, the headlines reflect both a Left and Right viewpoint on Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on President Donald Trump's "Russian Collusion". The front page editorial content marks a notable shift to a "balanced" perspective. While it is unclear whether this is just a blip or foreshadowing of greater balance, it undoubtedly will trigger some -- as everything seems to do these days -- no matter how inconsequential or trivial.

The last time Neil Young tried to maintain balance was back in 2006 during the "Living With War" album launch and the massive blowback from the release.

Living With War by Neil Young - 2006 (Reviews and Commentary)

Once completed, Neil played the album for his label Reprise and than immediately gave a live interview to CNN. For many fans, this was Neil at his finest -- speaking truth to power.

Neil Rocks on CNN

"Living With War" would eventually become rock's "Fahrenheit 9/11".

His website Living with War Today presented perspectives from a wide range of opinions while featuring downloadable protest songs written and performed by songwriter/performers from all over the world.

Thrasher's Wheat highlighted on Neil Young's

Here at Thrasher's Wheat, we've previously discussed the false choice driven by "controlled opposition" where the Left and Right is really a duality trap. Divide and Rule. With control over both the Left and Right messaging, voters are herded into the choice of "The Controllers" either way. They win, we lose.

But we digress... (but if you want more, here are our thoughts on proposals and solutions or
Politics of CSNY Freedom of Speech Tour

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Deeply Personally Message from Neil Young | NYA

via Neil Young Archives

A new message from Neil on posted on Neil Young Archives today.

This is a deeply personally and heartfelt message from Neil reflecting on his Father (Scott Young) and what he might think about Times-Contrarian: "I think Daddy would be happy to see what I am doing now with this newspaper."

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Neil & Me by Scott Young
(see excerpts)

There's a lot of Prairie Wind "blowing through my head" with this message. Or -- as we once reflected -- "Prairie Wind": A Gentle Breeze Deceptively Lulls The Howls Of Loss.

Also, read a concert review from August 18-19, 2005: "A Prairie Wind Blows Through Nashville" by a fan named Karen Barry Schwarz. More on Neil Young's new "Prairie Wind" CD and reviews of the Ryman concerts.

Prairie wind blowing through my head
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
Trying to remember what Daddy said
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
Before too much time took away his head
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
He said we're going back and
I'll show you what I'm talking about
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)

(Thanks e2f!)

More on Neil Young's father on Scott Young: 1918 - 2005, Remembering Neil Young's Dad.

Scott Young and Rassy Young, with son Neil Young

And might we hear these reflections eventually someday as Neil and the Horse head into the studio?

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