The Story Behind The Picture: Neil in Nashville 2005
From PhotoSynthesis: The Story Behind The Picture, photographer Danny Clinch discusses capturing Neil Young in Nashville, 2005:
I was shooting when Neil recorded that DVD down in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium -- the one called 'Heart of Gold.' They told me that tomorrow we'll give you an hour with Neil to shoot some pictures but you got to do it at the hotel. I wondered, 'All right, what are we going to do?" I had this thought: I knew that Neil loves old cars. So I found this guy who was selling a 1947 Cadillac, and I talked the guy into bringing the Cadillac over to the hotel for a hundred dollars.
I tell Neil that we're going to shoot some pictures in the hotel, then we'll go down to the car. I told him I've got this guy to bring down a 1947 Cadillac. He said, "That sounds fantastic." So I get him into the car and I proposed we drive the car over to the Ryman. And his tour manager said, "Danny, can you wrap this up?" Neil heard him trying to cut the shoot short and says, "We're driving this car to the Ryman." I asked the owner, "Can Neil drive?" and he was like, "Can we ride in the back?" And I said sure, and off we went. I could see him in the rearview mirror, and I thought, "This is just classic."
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