Randomly Blogged - An 18 Year Old's Take on "Heart of Gold"
From BurlingtonFreePress.com "Neil Young fans' hearts leap for Demme's 'Gold'" review by Jake Weisman, we have an 18 year old's perspective on the "Heart of Gold" film:
"The film is better than any concert film I've seen. As cliche and silly as it sounds, I really thought I was at the show. It seemed more like an event than a movie, and it stuck with me. And I give the most credit to whoever decided to get Demme to direct. I'm not a fan of the Talking Heads, but I liked "Stop Making Sense," their live film directed by Demme.
"Neil Young: Heart of Gold" is an extremely simple movie, but the sentiment and heart behind the film are the elements that make this unlike any other concert film I've seen. I had bought "Prairie Wind" around the time of its release and couldn't really get into it. It's slow and -- well -- old-people music, if you will. So I stuck to more upbeat and rock 'n' roll themed "Tonight's the Night" and "Ragged Glory."
But after viewing the film and seeing the passion and the history behind Young's stories told between the songs and the expressions on his face, this album speaks louder to me (an 18-year-old) than most other albums I've heard recently. It's not old-people music -- it's music for people with history and with soul. The only way I could have truly understood the album is through Demme's lens and seeing the whole thing live -- well, not live, but you understand. If you like his folk music or any of his music, it's a very good idea to see "Neil Young: Heart of Gold." If you're never going to see him live, I have a feeling this movie is the closest you're going to get. Mister Young, and you will never rust."
A very wise kid. Nice, Jake.
Other random blogs of note:
- Musicisnotdead.com: Film tickets giveaway for "Heart of Gold"
- BobFest YouTube Video: "My Back Pages"
- Boss GT Central Forums: Equipment gear for the heavy Jimi Hendrix sound and Neil Young's solo on Cortez the Killer and Southern Man
- Prisoners of Rock and Roll @ www.ezboard.com
- Arctic Monkeys Concert Webcast on NPR