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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Neil Young Birthday Tributes - November 12

"Happiness is the valuable commodity and that's what makes life good."
~~Neil Young

Photo by Matt Furman for The Wall Street Journal
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Happy 73rd Birthday Neil Young!!! Long May You Continue To Run & Run.

Time Flies! A Birthday Thanks
via NYA Times-Contrarian

From 2015's celebration, we have an exclusive interview with author Harvey Kubernik on his new book "Neil Young - Heart of Gold". Details @ EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Author Harvey Kubernik on "Neil Young - Heart of Gold" Book on

Audience sings Neil Young Happy Birthday at end of Vancouver concert, 11/11/2012. Band gives Neil birthday scarf gift.

So. Looking for somewhere to go and celebrate Neil's birthday? Check Neil birthday events around the world.

So Happy Birthday Neil!

Long may you run. It's all just a magical ride. enjoy.

Neil Young Night - Monday, November 12
Tonight's The Night Because Every Night is Neil Night

With Neil Young's 73nd birthday tomorrow, Monday, November 12th, the Tributes are rolling in from around the world!

A Neil Young Birthday Tribute
by Ian

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EXCLUSIVE: Lukas Nelson Cover's Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold" | Austin City Limits, November 2018

Lukas Nelson cover's Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold" on Austin City Limits, November 2018.

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Zuma Beach is Burning: We Are NOT Helpless

Zuma Beach, CA - November 9, 2018
Evacuated llamas tied to an LA County lifeguard stand

The Malibu and Topanga Canyon areas of California are burning.

We're hearing reports that Neil Young's home in the 1970's in Topanga Canyon may have been damaged.

Neil Young's 1970's home in Topanga Canyon

No word on current home in Malibu with his wife Daryl Hannah.

Here's Neil Young's message on his Song of the Day "Helpless":

Ominous words and sending all of our best thoughts and prayers westward through the smoke and haze.

Incidentally, ZUMA was released 43 years ago yesterday, November 10.

Give us strength...

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

RARE: Neil Young's Roadie Bruce Berry - "Was A Working Man"

Bruce Berry ~1973

Neil Young's Roadie Bruce Berry was immortalized in the song "Tonight's The Night" lyrics:

"Bruce Berry was a working man
He used to load that Econoline van"

In 1973, after the deaths of band mate Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry, Neil Young and his group (dubbed the Santa Monica Flyers) entered the studio with the sole purpose of unloading their grief and having as much fun as possible. The result was the very dark, ragged, loose and powerfully emotional "Tonight's The Night album."

Neil Young's 1975 "Tonight's The Night" is considered to be his 'darkest' album - both literally and figuratively - and the last of the "Ditch Trilogy" (along with Times Fade Away and On The Beach).

tonights the night  album cover

Tonight's The Night

The album "Tonight's The Night" explores the depth of Neil's pain over the heroin overdose deaths of Crazy Horse's Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry. Berry was a roadie and was Jan Berry's brother, of Jan and Dean fame. Brother Jan Berry, was living out his own period of 'darkness' after his tragic car accident had ended his own illustrious career and ultimately his life.

"Tonight's The Night" was recorded at Los Angeles' Studio Instrument Rentals (S.I.R.) on Santa Monica Boulevard, which was run by Bruce Berry's other brother Ken, and down they had an innocuous black and gray building that functioned as a rehearsal space.

Neil Young and Santa Monica Flyers
Studio Instrument Rentals, Los Angeles, CA

Fueled by tequila and cheeseburgers, Neil Young's "Tonight's The Night" the album represents a dark chapter in Young's career. Winning almost no acclaim upon its release (that would come years later, as "Tonight's the Night" ranked #331 on Rolling Stone's Top 500 albums of all time in 2003), it did, however, influence numerous artists, including Johnny Rotten (the Sex Pistols) and Wilco. It was so dark and raw that Young's record company, Reprise, delayed its release for two years. Released in mid-1975, "Tonight's The Night" was shelved in favor of On the
. In 1975, Neil was playing his next album, Homegrown, for friends and TTN followed on the reel. Neil decided TTN was better than the still-unreleased Homegrown, and it was released instead.

From a 1995 interview in MOJO Magazine with Neil Young he was asked about the rumor that he tried to produce a Broadway play based on the record:

    Neil: "Yeah, we did. The plot was about a roadie who made it and then OD'd on drugs. 'From Roadie To Riches' was the name of it (laughs). For Broadway in 1974 it was a little ahead of its time, as you can imagine. "

Album Credit: "This album was made for Danny Whitten and Bruce Berry who lived and died for Rock and Roll."

Neil Young and Santa Monica Flyers
Roxy, Los Angeles, CA

Old times, were good times...

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Friday, November 09, 2018

"World On A String" - Neil Young + Promise of the REAL - The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York - 9/27/2018

A video of "World On A String" by Neil Young + Promise of the REAL at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on 9/27/2018.

The lyrics sum up the situation very nicely.

You know I lose, you know I win
You know I call for the shape I'm in.
It's just a game you see me play,
Only real in the way
That I feel from day to day.

Although the answer is not unknown,
I'm searchin', searchin', and how I've grown.
It's not all right to say goodbye,
And the world on a string
Doesn't mean a thing.

No, the world on a string
Doesn't mean a thing.
It's only real in the way
That I feel from day to day.
No, the world on a string
Doesn't mean a thing.

Neil Young + Promise of the REAL
Photos by Hounds That Howell

More on Neil Young + Promise of the REAL - The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York - 9/26 & 27/2018 concerts.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

MINI-DOCUMENTARY: Neil Young and The Winnipeg Days | CBC Archives

Here's a mini-documentary from the CBC Archives from 1996 on Neil Young and The Winnipeg Days.

Neil Young - 1967

Also, see The Story Behind Rare 1969 CBC Radio Interview with Neil Young

More on Visiting Neil’s Old Haunts: Neil Young's Winnipeg Hometown by Bill Laing and Neil Young`s Canadian Years by John Einarson.

More on Neil Young's early years explored by Canadian author Sharry Wilson.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Neil Young as "Westy": Trailer for Film '68 (1988)

Neil Young as "Westy"
Film: '68 (1988)

So you think things are a little bit wild and crazy today?

50 years ago in 1968, the United States was in some serious upheaval. Vietnam, the assassinations of Rev. Martin Luther King followed by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, inner cities in flames.

Here is the Trailer for the film '68, released 20 years after the tumultuous events of 1968. Neil Young played a small role as a biker "Westy" in the 1988 film '68. Neil's single spoken line in the film is included in the trailer below.

The film '68 includes as a backdrop, stock footage scenes of Vietnam, the assassination of Martin Luther King, the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and the "police riot" at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker
"an indispensable reference"

Paul McCartney and Neil Young


"You can make a difference
If you really a try"

John Lennon and Neil Young

"hailed by fans as a wonderful read"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:
The Supergroup of the 20th Century

Director Jonathan Demme's Exquisite film "Heart of Gold"

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Eddie Vedder and Neil Young

Revisiting The Significance of
The Buffalo Springfield

"The revolution will not be televised"
... it will be blogged, streamed,
tweeted, shared and liked
The Embarrassment of Mainstream Media

Turn Off Your TV

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The Year of The Wheat

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

Neil Young's Feedback:
An Acquired Taste?

Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years
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"the definitive source of Neil Young's formative childhood years in Canada"

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Joni Mitchell & Neil Young

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Bob and Neil

So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?

Four Dead in Ohio
kent state
So What Really Happened at Kent State?


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

Sing Truth to Power

Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

Wilco and Neil Young


Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young


Elton John and Neil Young

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"The definitive Neil Young fan book"

What does the song mean?

Random Neil Young Link of the Moment

Bonnie Raitt and Neil Young

I'm Proud to Be A Union Man


When Neil Young is Playing,
You Shut the Fuck Up

Class War:
They Started It and We'll Finish It...

A battle raged on the open page...
No Fear, No Surrender. Courage WE WON'T BACK DOWN. NEVER STAND DOWN.

"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"

"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

Willie Nelson & Neil Young
Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize

John Mellencamp:
Why Willie Deserves a Nobel


Love and Only Love

"Thinking about what a friend had said,
I was hoping it was a lie"

We're All On
A Journey Through the Past

Neil Young's Moon Songs
Tell Us The F'n TRUTH
(we can handle it... try us)

Does Anything Else Really Matter?

"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
~~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Here Comes "The Big Shift"

Maybe everything you think you know is wrong? NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
Guess what?
"Symbols Rule the World, not Words or Laws."
Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
Be The Rain, Be The Change

the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists

war is not the answer
yet we are
Still Living With War

"greed is NOT good"
Occupy the Music

Hey Big Brother!
Stop Spying On Us!
Civic Duty Is Not Terrorism

The Achilles Heel
Orwell (and Grandpa) Was Right
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”
~~ Bob Marley

The Essence of "The Doubters"

Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

Even Though The Music Died 50+ Years Ago
Open Up the "Tired Eyes" & Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?




(Between the lines of age)

And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make

~~ John & Paul