Neil Young's new release ""World Record" w/ Crazy Horse is now available for pre-order. Order here
(Please shop locally & independently. But if you can't, we appreciate your supporting Thrasher's Wheat by clicking this link or YOUR COUNTRY's FLAG. Thank you!!!)
<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Politics of Music or the Music of Politics?


It's quite a day here in DC. Apparently, there is at least one American overseas who is receiving a positive reception.

After all, we're still lookin' for a leader.

(View video)

And the House of Representatives is holding a Congressional hearing on let's impeach the president today.

Oh yes. We're still living with war everyday.
Because no one wins. It's a war of man.

We'll be catching tonight's 7:30 screening of CSNY/Deja Vu. See you there and we'll have a political debate afterwards.


Not that music can change the world or anything like that afterall.

Because one person's perspective on freedom of speech is another's right to dissent.

Sigh. We have all been here before.

More on politics and music.


At 7/25/2008 12:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thrasher - good to see you're not afraid to stir it up a bit. See you tonight at the film.
The Lurker

At 7/25/2008 12:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can hear an interview with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young about the film at Los Angeles magazine's web site:

At 7/25/2008 12:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which showing will you be at?

I'll be wearing my Freedom of Speech tour shirt.

At 7/25/2008 12:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That also is the tao of Neil Young & his music ... nice article and references. Thank you Thrasher! Mother Hugs

At 7/25/2008 04:15:00 PM, Blogger Greg McGarvey said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

At 7/25/2008 08:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voice a comment that is heartfelt, albeit provocative:

I find it incredibly disappointing that in such a time of need American's are left with a choice between an old man who sells out his conviction for political support and a young one who needs to rest on his charisma.

Tough times ahead for sure...

At 7/26/2008 01:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was one of those unfortunate to have a theatrical showing of "CSNY: Deja Vu" anywhere near where I live...however I jumped with joy when my brother found it On-Demand on our digital cable. Since the DVD won't be out for a few months I instantly ran to the dollar store and bought a blank VHS tape to record it.

I just finished watching it about 10 minutes ago and I must say it was a really great documentary. Not too many docs I see really pull me in (and I'm not just saying this 'cause Neil is my favorite artist or 'cause I saw CSNY at Pittsburgh on this tour in '06) but because it was actually very well made. I had been looking forward to this film for 22 months and it was worth the wait.

Although I wanted a concert film more than a documentary...the final film actually hit me harder than the concert itself. I vividly remember that emotional feeling I got while the pictures of all the dead soldiers scrolled across the screen during "Find The Cost Of Freedom" and the film honestly captured that brutal feeling with the mother of the dead son during the concert. Watching the film, I began to choke up and tears filled my eyes.

My uncle just passed away the other day too and I was at the funeral all morning and to be completely honest, I didn't tear up until I saw my cousins having to talk about him at the church and how much his death affected them more than me. My grandma always said you shouldn't cry when someone dies because they're in a better place and their suffering is over (and it may seem selfish to some) I seem to only cry when I see how a death affects someone other than myself. So when I saw that mother watching the images of the fallen soldiers on the screen and break down into tears I got really choked up. My uncle lived his full life and his time to go was at age 66...but nearly all of those soldiers still had their full lives ahead of them and they were cut short. While I may agree or disagree with CSNY is die so young, with so much left to give, in the grand scheme of things, is not right. So that scene struck me hard.

Also, I bought the "LWW" album and it's "Raw" version when they came out, and while it wasn't my favorite Neil Young album, I liked the message and thought the songs were pretty good...made even better during the CSNY tour...but to me they were just songs and it didn't hit me as hard as the film did. The film made me completely understand the connection between the songs and the war (which I obviously knew before) but the film gave me a more emotional look at the songs and now I think I appreciate them even more. I think the "Shock And Awe" scene with Josh Hisle was the other most emotional scene in the film. I got choked up during that part too...when they showed him watching the concert.

So while I loved the movie and will be getting it on DVD...I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a full live CSNY concert from the tour. I have bootlegs, but they're not the same.

And I was hoping that version of "Rockin' In The Free World" from the CSNY '06 tour that Neil posted on his site during the 4th of July weekend was going to finish off the movie...but it wasn't even in the film! But I'd be happy at least if it's included on the DVD as a bonus feature. Keeping my toes crossed for that one.

Well...I think this has gone on a little long and don't believe anyone will have even read this far...but if you did then I appreciate you and Thrasher for taking your time to see what I had to say.

Will be checking on here later on to see what everyone else thought about the film!


At 7/26/2008 02:19:00 AM, Blogger Greg McGarvey said...

Great post, Simpson! Thanks for sharing.

"Simpson, eh?"

(Sorry, I couldn't resist. :))


Post a Comment

<< Home

<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Willie for a Nobel!

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

Farm Aid

Go Farmers Markets!

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

Silverline Communications

(Home of the FarmAidians)
Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada
(519) 737-7979

This blog supports free speech!

Demand justice for Aaron:
Support "Aaron's Law" and inquiry into his prosecution

(... he didn't kill himself either...) #AaronDidntKillHimself

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

Please Help Support Independent Media &
Non-Corporate Advertising
This Blog's For You!

The Hypocrisy of the Mainstream Media

It's Been Called The
"Missing Link" in the Ditch Trilogy


Sign the Release "Time Fades Away" Petition
Join The 10,000+ Who Have Already Signed


Neil Young Appreciation Society

Sugar Mountain

Neil Young Setlists
Rust Radio


Bands Covering Neil Young songs


Official Neil Young News Site

The Bridge School

The Bridge School Concerts
25th Anniversary Edition

**100% of Proceeds to Benefit Bridge School***

The Essential Neil Young

Fans Favorite Neil Albums

Top 50 MP3
Neil Young Song Downloads

Top 10 Best Selling Neil Albums Today
Support Thrasher's Wheat
via Purchases from:
United States - us.gif
Canada - canada.gif
United Kingdom - gb.gif
Germany - de.gif

Neil Young Songbook Project

In the fields of wheat

"Children of Destiny" will NOT be harvested
However, the chaff will be burned by unquenchable fire

Neil Young + Promise of the Real

Europe 2016 Tour Dates

2015 Rebel Content Tour

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Alchemy Concert Tour Reviews

Fall 2012 N. America Tour
Spring 2013 Australia/New Zealand Tour
Summer 2013 Europe Tour

Europe Summer 2014 Concert Tour
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Thrasher's Wheat Radio Supporters Go To Europe

Neil Young Films

2010 MusiCares Honors Neil Young

Features Elvis Costello, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Ben Harper, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Keith Urban, and others.
Proceeds from sales go to MusiCares,
which helps musicians in need of
financial and medical assistance.


"There's more to the picture
Than meets the eye"



Neil Young FAQ:
Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker
"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"

eddie & neil
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

europe 1987.jpg

Bob and Neil

So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?

Four Dead in Ohio
kent state
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

John Mellencamp:
Why Willie Deserves a Nobel



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
(we can handle it... try us)

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
Be The Rain, Be The Change

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

"Who is John Galt?"
To ask the question is to know the answer

"Whosoever shall give up his liberty for a temporary security
deserves neither liberty nor safety."

~~ Benjamin Franklin


(Between the lines of age)

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

~~ John & Paul

the zen of neil
the power of rust
the karma of the wheat