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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Tribute to Larry "L.A." Johnson in Rolling Stone Magazine

Neil Young Loses Longtime Creative Partner
Larry "L.A." Johnson helped create Rust Never Sleeps; Archives box set

Rolling Stone Magazine - March 4, 2010

There is a tribute to Larry "L.A." Johnson in the most recent issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. "L.A." passed away last month leaving a huge void in the Shakey Pictures team while creating a lasting legacy to Neil Young fans with his definitive film director work on Rust Never Sleeps, amongst many other works over the past 40 years.

From Rolling Stone by Andy Greene:
"Larry was a huge influence on me," says Young. "There's a huge void in the universe where he used to be."

Johnson co-created Young's experimental early movies, most notably Rust Never Sleeps. "Now everybody talks about music and film like it was always together," says Young. "But it wasn't together in the way we did it back then."

From the Nineties on, Johnson co-produced Young's albums and was the chief architect of the interactive Archives box set. "Larry spearheaded the whole thing," says Young.

On January 21st, Young had just landed in L.A. to rehearse for his performance on the final Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien when he got word that Johnson had died. "It was very intense, very emotional," Young. "When I sang `Long May You Run' the next day, I knew if I started thinking about Larry I wouldn't have been able to make it through.

Larry "L.A." Johnson and Neil Young
On the Set of Greendale film (2003)

Also, see Larry "L.A." Johnson: 1947 - 2010 which has many warm, fond memories of L.A. in the comments section.


At 2/21/2010 05:12:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

Ya know, you could see the emotion in Neil's face when he was singing especially on the lower notes.

I was amazed he managed to finish the song under the circumstances.
He was definitely singing to one man that night.


At 2/21/2010 06:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice that RS recognized LA. Also nice that Jeff Beck & Eric Clapton are on cover.

I picked up the issue cause of the cover so it was a nice touch. Wish more RS covers were this great.

Also, the Musicares tribute on next page. What's up with that photo caption???
"Neil Young with girlfriend Elton John."
say what?
C,mon. typo or some goof..


At 2/22/2010 12:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for what its worth ,

scroll down on that page....
mentions Neil Young & CH July in Athens

At 2/22/2010 02:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1.39 - if you click on "read more" on that link it now says -
"Update:Neil Young Cancelled Tour (including Greek show)" - for what that`s worth......

Nice tribute to `L.A.` by RS.


At 2/23/2010 12:05:00 AM, Anonymous Mr Henry said...

Very nice story in The Stone: sweet, sad and too short (kind of like life). Also really informative: what if L.A. hadn't told Michael Wadleigh about Woodstock? Would the other group have been the ones to make the movie? What would that have been like, and what would have been different (probably everything).

I can almost picture Neil going through LAX, getting the terrible news and having that realization we've all had. And then he went ahead like he always does.

Best issue of RS in a long, long time. Clapton & Beck cover story; Johnny's last album; Dylan goes to Washington; Rob Sheffield on Lost ("you'll never see a network show this insane again"); Neil, Pegi and Elton; Ryan Bingham; Shaun White. And Matt Taibbi writes an insanely good article while totally sticking it to Goldman Sachs (full disclosure: I know Matt and his people...great guy, wonderful family).

Can't imagine a world w/out Woodstock, Last Waltz, Rust Never Sleeps, Greendale, Archives and many of LA's masterworks. As I'm writing this, there's a silent tribute on TV for the brave soldiers we recently lost in Afghanistan...and I'm thinking of them and also the picture I saw of Larry and his boy, both of them wearing Army T dad was WWII Army and he sure would have loved that photo!

We were right
We were giving
That's how we kept
what we gave away
Comes A Time

At 3/01/2010 08:28:00 AM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

I think that the Neil writing on the new BD is dated 21 january.

Andrea."So Tired"


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