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Sunday, January 25, 2015

10 Albums 'On The Beach' | Under The Rusted Moon - All About Neil Young

On The Beach
10 Albums 'On The Beach' | Under The Rusted Moon
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Here's a little fun for Neil Young fans from Under The Rusted Moon - All About Neil Young. (German site with language translation feature in sidebar. Thanks Ralf!)

Identify the 10 Neil Young albums that are 'On The Beach'. You can click image above to enlarge.

First comment below to list all 10 will win some awesome Neil item that is TBD.

Have fun!


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

"In Memory of Tim Drummond of The Stray Gators" on Thrashers Wheat Radio Tonight

The Stray Gators, 1971
Tim Drummond, Jack Nitzsche, Neil Young, Kenny Buttrey, and Ben Keith
Broken Arrow Ranch, September 1971.
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With the recent passing of bass player Tim Drummond: 1940 – 2015, we will be remembering him and The Stray Gators tonight on Thrashers Wheat Radio Hour on WBKM.org.

(More on In Memory of The Stray Gators: Gone But Not Forgotten.)

Tune in details and podcast info @ Thrashers Wheat Radio Hour.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

▶ Flashback: Neil Young Covers 'Sweet Home Alabama' in 1977 (sort of)

Long time readers of this site are by now quite familiar with our fascination on the whole "faux feud" between Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young. Afterall -- over the years -- we've only written about the subject once, or twice, or maybe thrice, well you get the idea, no -- not once again?!, and so on...

But that doesn't stop Rolling Stone and Andy Greene jumping in again with a post on Neil Young Covering 'Sweet Home Alabama' in 1977 just weeks after Lynyrd Skynyrd's tragic plane crash. (FULL DISCLOSURE: Neil doesn't actually "cover" Sweet Home Alabama but segues into at conclusion of "Alabama" repeating "sweet home Alabama" a few times and a little riffing.)

Neil Young pays tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant in the medley of "Alabama" and "Sweet Home Alabama" Alabama on 11-12-77.

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Ronnie Van Zant with Neil Young "Tonight's The Night" T-shirt

Oakland Coliseum, July 2, 1977 - Photo by Michael Zagaris
Neil Young with Lynyrd Skynyrd/Jack Daniels Whiskey T-Shirt
Verona, Italy 7.9.1982 - Photo by Paolo Brillo on Flickr

Ronnie and Neil -- Friends or Foes? Check here for everything you could possibly ever want to know about this blog's highest ranking topic: Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

You Know How Time Fades Away? And Drummers? And Bass Players? And...

Shows Per Band Member Playing With Neil Young
Sugar Mountain - Neil Young Set Lists

Here we are in the years.

We certainly seem to be entering a period where some of our great long time musicians are moving along to that great gig in the sky.

Just within the past few months, we've lost:

As we noted last week, in the post In Memory of The Stray Gators: Gone But Not Forgotten, Neil Young is now the sole surviving member of The Stray Gators. But we've known all along that Neil Young is the quintessential survivor.

Which brings us to the statistics on the ever so indispensable site Sugar Mountain - Neil Young Set Lists. As you can see in the chart above, Neil Young has already lost quite a few of his long time collaborators. (You can see the full list of the 100+ band members at Sugar Mountain. As a side note, we did find a few of the entries a bit surprising like Larry Cragg with 382 performances and Joel Bernstein with 209 performances. Thanks Babbo B for the heads up!)

The loss of Ben Keith was definitely Neil's biggest loss in recent years, but otherwise Neil's top 20 bandmates remain intact -- aside from those noted above and the late Donald "Duck" Dunn.

We admit this is our least favorite aspect of blogging the Neil Young news and truly hope we're finished writing obituaries for 2015. We can only hope because you know how time fades away...

Rick Rosas & Ben Keith
Cutting Room, NYC, NY 07-19-2007
Photo by Johnny Marr


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Dallas Taylor: 1948 - 2015

Dallas Taylor, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Bruce Palmer, Neil Young, Graham Nash
Shady Oak Drive in Studio City.
Photo Henry Diltz, 1969

Dallas Taylor, the drummer with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young has passed away. He was age 66.

Taylor played at Woodstock with CSN&Y for the band's second live performance. After retiring from music, he became a counselor specializing in addiction treatment.

Dallas Taylor, was the drummer on Crosby Stills Nash & Young’s Deja Vu album, and played drums for Stephen Stills’ group Manassas.

Music Scene - 1970
Photo by Jeff Allen

In a 1994 Los Angeles Times essay, he wrote about Kurt Cobain, the 27-year-old lead singer of the rock band Nirvana who killed himself in his Seattle home after checking out of a drug rehab facility:
"I understand what it is like to be an angry, depressed addict who needs so badly to be liked that he gets on stage and sweats and bleeds and hopes that people will somehow connect," he wrote.

"But as addicts whose only real happiness is being high — whether it's on dope or music, writing, acting or painting — success becomes our worst enemy. When self-hatred runs so deep, it is never alleviated by fame or wealth."

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ''Down By The River'' [Music Scene - Live - 1970]

Also, see Dallas Taylor Interview.

Dallas Taylor
Photo by Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times


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Neil Young FAQ:
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

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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 Embarrasment of Mainstream Media

Turn Off Your TV

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Yes, Only Love Can Break (& Fix) Your Heart

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Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

Neil Young's Feedback:
An Acquired Taste?

Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years
by Rustie Sharry "Keepin' Jive Alive in T.O." Wilson

"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
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So What Really Happened at Kent State?


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

speak truth to power

Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

Wilco and Neil Young


Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young


Elton John and Neil Young

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young

Neil Young Nation -
"The definitive Neil Young fan book"

What does the song mean?

Random Neil Young Link of the Moment
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

"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 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

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?
"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
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

Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?




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