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Friday, January 25, 2008

Concert film 'Deja Vu' polarizes Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fans

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Parts of the southern United States have never been particularly fond of Neil Young and his music. And -- apparently -- nearly 40 years on, the resentment still lingers.

From USATODAY.com interview by Anthony Breznican with Neil Young on the film CSNY/Deja Vu:
"They are my own personal songs," Young says. "Even though it was such a heartfelt thing, and I really believe what I believe, the way we presented it allowed everybody to say what they felt. The idea of the whole project was just to stimulate debate."

Often the camera crew roams the corridors and lobbies of the arenas, capturing on-the-spot interviews with people at the height of their emotions. At one particularly divisive performance in Atlanta, one-third of the audience walked out. Many of their on-camera remarks are unprintable.

Young says they shouldn't be condemned for their feelings.

"They feel that way because they believe in it, and you've got to respect somebody who's expressing their anger or their sorrow. They feel totally attacked when they see some of these things on the tour. They felt betrayed because they bought tickets. … 'How could we spring this on them when we're down in the South where the majority of the kids that are getting killed are from?' " Young says. "What I was trying to do with the film was just let it happen, just let it be and let people say what they felt. We were looking and looking trying to find more from the other side."

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At 1/26/2008 01:12:00 AM, Anonymous Simpson said...

Sounds great! Can't wait to this when it comes out in wide release!

 
At 1/26/2008 02:16:00 AM, Blogger Ben said...

I found the whole "message" behind this tour just a bit pretentious (but hey, political activism is so passe these days) but the music wasn't bad at all so I'm looking forward to this.

 
At 1/26/2008 02:20:00 AM, Anonymous Park City Bob said...

Just returned from the film in Park City. It was amazing and overall very well received by the sell out crowd. Neil introduced the film and then CSN&Y and crew and others in the film came up to answer questions after. Neil handled himself well and spoke with passion about the project. Please see this movie...itis much more then a concert film.

 
At 1/26/2008 10:52:00 AM, Blogger Andy said...

do they have full songs, or is it just clips?
if so is there anything from the milwaukee show?
thanks

 
At 1/26/2008 11:07:00 AM, Anonymous Park City Bob said...

Mostly clips. Well shot and many great positions so there is crowd response and band action. Good footage from many tour stops....I believe Milwaukee was shown.

 
At 1/26/2008 11:08:00 AM, Blogger richfeim said...

I was at the Atlanta show and there is no way that one third of the audience walked out. There was not nearly that much discontent. The show was well received.

 
At 1/26/2008 11:14:00 AM, Anonymous Simpson said...

So what songs were in the film?

And you said they're mostly clips. So are there any full performances?

 
At 1/29/2008 08:28:00 PM, Blogger XL said...

I was also at the Atlanta show and virtually no one walked out...except to maybe get a beer during the Graham Nash songs.

 
At 1/29/2008 11:02:00 PM, Anonymous Dan said...

Thrasher,

There is an interesting Neil interview on Rolling Stone's site:

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/18210548/neil_youngs_rough_ride_a_look_back_at_the_freedom_of_speech_tour

 

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