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Friday, September 25, 2020

TOMORROW: Farm Aid 2020 - Looking Ahead + Looking Back


The 35th annual Farm Aid concert will be this Saturday, September 26. 

The Farm Aid 2020 lineup (announced earlier) for the annual concert will be a "virtual concert" this year.


More on highlights from last year's Farm Aid 2019 at Alpine Valley, Wisconsin .


Willie Nelson Joined by Farm Aid Friends
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Here are a few highlights of our Farm Aid 2019 Concert.

Neil Young & Promise of the Real perform “Throw Your Hatred Down” at Farm Aid 2019 at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin, on September 21.

Neil Young & Promise of the Real

Neil Young, John Mellencamp & Carolyn Mugar, Director, Farm Aid
Photos by John Kwit
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Here is a special report from John Kwit on Farm Aid 2019: "34 Years of Farm Aid: Where Do We Go From Here?"

Willie Nelson w/ Lukas Nelson, Mickey Raphael

John Mellencamp

Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds

Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt

Luke Combs

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Jamey Johnson

Margo Price

Margo Price

Margo Price

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, w/ Margo Price & Help From A Little Friend

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, w/ Margo Price, Yola, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, w/ Margo Price, Yola, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Lukas Nelson

Tanya Tucker

Particle Kid w/ Promise of the Real

Particle Kid (aka Micah Nelson)

The Band Start Times Were Running Behind Right From The Start
(and that's ok)

Many thanks to The FarmAidians Paul & Renee for making another Farm Aid 2019 weekend possible!

FarmAidians Say F* Off Monsanto/Bayer!

The FarmAidians & The Magic Bus

See you down that road!

Farm Aid Board: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young & Dave Matthews
Pre-concert Press Conference

photo by thrashette
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And thanks Willie, Neil, John, Dave & all artists for all you guys do for The Farmers. It was a beautiful day and we're so glad we could be there with everyone. It was a great weekend, with great folks, for a great cause. ☮️♥️


Willie Nelson

A campaign for a Nobel Peace Prize for Willie Nelson's Farm Aid work has been launched!

Willie Nelson's efforts for Farm Aid deserve a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Join the campaign by liking the Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize page on Facebook.

Willie Nelson has been helping family farmers for over 25 years decades and has raised awareness of healthy foods while raising funds for the cause.

Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $37 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land.

John Mellencamp is campaigning to get Willie Nelson a Nobel Peace Prize. The interview took place on SIRIUS XM Willie's Place at Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Thanks everybody for liking Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize page on Facebook!


Willie Nelson Joined by Farm Aid Friends
photo by thrashette
Farm Aid 2019 Concert - Alpine Valley, Wisconsin - Sept 21, 2019
REVIEW: 34 Years of Farm Aid: Where Do We Go From Here

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VIDEO CLIPS: Neil Young Channel | YouTube

Neil Young Channel | YouTube


The Neil Young Channel | YouTube has recently been updated with about a dozen + videos. (Thanks RoadDawg!)

The YT videos seem to consist of material formerly found exclusively only on Neil Young Archives.  The Channel updates appear to be a marketing effort for NYA.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Comment of the Moment by Lone Red Rider: Neil Young ARCHIVES VOL. II - 1972-1976

Zak Claxton and Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 Review in June 2009

Excitement continues in Rustdale over the major announcement on Neil Young Archives this past weekend of ARCHIVES VOL. II: 1972-1976, scheduled to be released on November 20.   

And while much rejoicing after a 11 year gap between NYA Vol #1 & #2, there  is  also chatter about the dreaded "Greedy Hand" with the inclusion of 3 relatively recent official releases.  Similarly back in 2009, there was some fan disappointment with NYA Vol #1 that there were only a few dozen or so unreleased tracks or songs.

Overall, though, -- while not to the degree of joy and dismay of ARCHIVES VOL. I in 2009, which was akin to nearly the "2nd Coming" for some -- similar reactions prevail today. 

The Comment of the Moment on ARCHIVES VOL. II: 1972-1976 Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set Out November 20 | NYA @ 9/22/2020 05:14:00 PM, Blogger Lone Red Rider said...

I've been a student of Neil's Archives for over 30 years.

That's probably putting it mildly. There is a single quote from Neil which I believe summarizes his approach to the Archives Box Set. You'll laugh when you see how old it is. But I believe it is still relevant today:

"I'd rather be making new music. But I want to set the record straight as much as I can. Through outtakes and chosen cuts I'm going to try to bring out more of the feeling that's hidden in those records. I think I can enhance the experience by putting them all in a long line, shortening them, and changing them."

– 1989 – The Village Voice.

What Neil is talking about is his Archives Box Set series. Volume One accomplished this, plus also tried to take on the role of an actual Archive, with film, photos, articles etc. This is a major part of why it took so long to release. Now there is the NYA Website to take on the role of the "Physical Archive", but Neil still wants to "set the record straight". And so this brings us to the Vol2 Box, which has reverted from Blu-Ray back to CD.

The Vol1 and Vol2 CDs, when viewed together, are the view that Neil wants to put forth of his career. It is the story he wants to tell in his music. Viewing it like this, you can see the weight he has placed on Homegrown. It had gone from a legendary omission to a standalone disk, not watered down by other outtakes. It's the only disk in discography that he has treated with this much importance. He even broke the strict and maniacal chronology employed on VOL1 to hilight it as a whole piece. Interesting, huh? Just one of the many artistic choices he has made.

In this light, I find it very ODD that Tuscaloosa is a standalone disk in this set, but that is a topic for a later discussion....

LRR - Absolutely. You're definitely "a student of your history" and all of your insights over the years have been appreciated by us and so many neil fans around the EARTH.

Back in 2009, figuring out all the Bluray stuff was quite complicated for so many. Hopefully this time around, things go smoother.

We'll never forget those Archives Guy open thread Q&As. The info was really flowing and that was when neil seemed to get the shift that collaborating w/ his fans wasn't so bad afterall.

And here we are in the years. For many of us, the avalanche of Neil news is literally bewildering after decades in the dark.

Some one just had a LTE commenting on how lucky we are to be neil fans. So right.

You had a good comment on the previous thread by saying "It wouldn't be Neil if we had it all figured out. "

"He's a perfect stranger
Like a cross of himself and a fox
He's a feeling arranger
And a changer of the ways he talks
He's the unforeseen danger
The keeper of the key to the locks"

funny. he had himself pegged from Day #1 and never really changed.

thanks again for sharing so much, with so many, for so long.


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Neil Young Guitar Signature, Dated Oct 28 1996 - Legit????

Neil Young Signature - Dated Oct 28 1996 
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I’m an amateur guitar fixit guy in Winnipeg. 

Found a guitar in the garbage that looks like it has Neil Young signature on it. Dated Oct 28 1996 (Broken Arrow Tour in Wpg). Looking to see if this could actually be legit.

 Please help. 


In the trash??? Such sacrilege. Looks legit to us. 

1996-10-28 (Sugar Mountain Setlist)
Winnipeg Arena, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


After The Gold Rush Confirmed Neil Young Signature

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Ragged Glory @ 30: Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse Returns to Glory | RockandRollGlobe

Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse Returns to Glory

It's been 30 year since Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse released the album Ragged Glory in September 1990.

More than a comeback record, 1990’s Ragged Glory set the table for a rock music revolution

From "Neil Young’s Return to Glory" | RockandRollGlobe:

After years spent bubbling beneath the surface, grunge was poised to change the face of popular music, but it arguably needed someone with some mainstream bona fides to help it cross over.

Young was almost 45 at the time of Ragged Glory’s September 1990 release, old enough where on paper it seemed his time had passed for leading any sort of musical youth movement. But he was nonetheless exactly the kind of raunchy, defiant time-tested icon that could soften up mass audiences to this new sonic shift. To that end, Ragged Glory wasn’t just the best record Young had put out in more than a decade.

It arguably served as a catalyst for the impending grunge explosion the following year.
Full article @ "Neil Young’s Return to Glory" | RockandRollGlobe.

Also, see Ragged Glory II - Neil Young and Crazy Horse Found Tapes.

Also, see more on Neil Young's Ragged Glory Sound & Equipment - Guitar World, October 2009.

Neil Young's Rig
Neil Young's Ragged Glory Sound & Equipment - Guitar World, October 2009

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More on why Ragged Glory Is The Perfect Summer Album Soundtrack.

"Ragged Glory: A Perfect Summer Soundtrack"
Neil Young's 1990 Album w/ Crazy Horse

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse
Jack Nitzsche , Neil Young's producer/arranger on the masterpiece "Broken Arrow", has stated that Crazy Horse was the American equivalent of The Rolling Stones. IOHO, Crazy Horse is to Neil Young what The Band was to Bob Dylan. As perfect a complement as tequila and salt.

Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse:
"3rd Best Garage Band in the World"
~~Bill Graham
In tribute to Crazy Horse, the "3rd Best Garage Band in the World", here's a look back at some highlights:

Induct Neil Young w/  Crazy Horse
Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Comment of the Moment: Neil Young's ARCHIVES VOL. II: 1972-1976

1st night with Neil Young Archives Vol#1 in June 2009 
by John R., New York

Much excitement in Rustdale over the major announcement on Neil Young Archives this weekend of ARCHIVES VOL. II: 1972-1976, scheduled to be released on November 20.   

Also, lots of chatter, although not to the degree of ARCHIVES VOL. I in 2009, which was akin to nearly the "2nd Coming" for some -- almost. 

The Comment of the Moment on ARCHIVES VOL. II: 1972-1976 Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set Out November 20 | NYA @ 9/22/2020 02:31:00 AM, Blogger  JVJ said...

Most posters here, myself no exception, consume practically anything NY puts out so of course Id'a also be happy to have more unreleased music than three discs of duplicates. Based on Neil's comments in the letters section, it seems like he underestimates how great the overlap is between people who bought those three LP's and people who will buy this box set. But I'm sure he has enough visibility into his sales to know, by figures, alone, that's not the case.

I think it comes down to the Archives standing on their own, with a slightly different intent that the individual releases. Whether it's purely for archival reasons, or for artistic reasons, Neil thinks they belong here and that's enough for me... after over half a century being one of the most interesting, consistently engaging, he's earned that trust. At least, from me... of course he's not above criticism... in fact, sometimes I get more reading negative or dissatisfied takes on his releases - I might not agree with them, but they do make me engage with the work in a way I wouldn't on my own.

If this is released on DVD or Blu-Ray, I'll already been experiencing and interacting with these in a different way than I did with the LP's.

If anything, my only recreational disappointment is that I wish more of this collection had/will be released on vinyl. It's my favorite way to listen to NY (I know, I know... a rare and controversial stance).

 Thanks JVJ for sharing your thoughts here.


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Zak Claxton and Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 Review in June 2009

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Willie for a Nobel!

Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize
for Farm Aid and his work on
alternative fuels, and world peace initiatives.

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Go Farmers Markets!

"In the >field< of opportunity
It's plowin' time again."

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Than meets the eye"



Neil Young FAQ:
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"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 & Have A Life

"Everything Is Bullshit" +
"Turn Off The News"
Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)

Neil Young 2016 Year in Review:
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
by Rustie Sharry "Keepin' Jive Alive in T.O." Wilson

"the definitive source of Neil Young's formative childhood years in Canada"

neil & joni
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?

The Four Dead in Ohio

May The FOUR Be With You #MayThe4thBeWithYou


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

Sing Truth to Power!
When Neil Young Speaks Truth To Power,
The World Listens

Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

Wilco and Neil Young


Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young


Elton John and Neil Young

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young


The Meaning of "Sweet Home Alabama" Lyrics

Neil Young Nation -
"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

"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"
Full Disclousre Now

"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

Willie Nelson & Neil Young
Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize

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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
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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."
... and symbolism will be their downfall...

Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
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the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists

"Children of Destiny" - THE Part of THE Solution

(Frame from Official Music Video)

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

"greed is NOT good"
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?

Show Me A Sign


(Between the lines of age)

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

~~ John & Paul