Rolling Stone Interview: Neil Young's Rough Ride - A Look Back at the Freedom of Speech Tour
From an interview with Neil Young in Rolling Stone on the film Deja Vu:
Rolling Stone: Do you think the country is in a better place now than it was when you made the film?
Young: I think there's been a shift. I think that time has a way of eroding things. The basis for this war was basically sand. The whole thing is a matter of how you look at it. And that's what the film is about. There's people who are looking at it one way and people looking at it another way. It's about what happens when a country does something like we're doing. There's very few times in American history this can compare to. Even though we tried to compare it to the Sixties in the film, it really doesn't compare to the Sixties. There are similarities, and yeah, we were there and we're still here and we're doing the same thing, and that's the 'déjà vu' part of it. But really, it's pretty different.
I think after 9/11, people got kind of raw. Their nerves were raw. Their emotions were raw. And we took a very positive sentiment in the world towards us. And were able to convert it into something else. And there's a lot of — I think a lot of loss associated with that, that people feel in their hearts.