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Monday, March 12, 2012

"If Bob Dylan is an icon, Neil Young is a category."

Neil Young performs at the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute to Paul McCartney
February 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California
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An amusing article on aging rockers, from Neil Young to Bono.

From Rockers aging gracefully and not so gracefully, from Neil Young to Bono BY MARK LEPAGE:
Neil Young

It’s hard to see grace in the FrankenNeil hair or in some spotty recent work, but impossible to miss it in his devotion to songcraft, and volume. If Bob Dylan is an icon, Neil Young is a category.

More bands imitate Neil.

And Neil is a family man who quietly set up a venerated foundation for his disabled kid, now celebrated by half of the rock world order, champions young bands, and still plays so loudly that rumour has it his guitar tech won’t go onstage during a song.

Consider yourself knighted, sir.

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At 3/12/2012 09:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Neil Young. Always have and always will.

Steven James

At 3/12/2012 10:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Icon...category? Terrible, nonsensical analogy.

At 3/12/2012 02:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"FrankenNeil hair"? "Spotty recent work"?

Faintly damning praise from Mr. pseudonym "Bono"... At least NY never rocked a damn awful mullet haircut!

And as myself who once did like the music of U2 a great deal, this jet-set wannabe messiah has NO account to criticise NY's so-called "spotty recent work".

And as far as I know, his band has never played The Bridge School Benefit Concerts. Ever.

And worst of all-- Pretending he is royalty enough to be stow the honor of "knighthood upon NEIL PERCIVAL YOUNG?

"Bono" needs to shut the f*ck up.

-- Eric

At 3/12/2012 04:30:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Lighten up Eric - Bono isn't saying that - the Toolbag who wrote the article is...

At 3/12/2012 04:36:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

the guy's name is (allegedly) whoever puts Neil above Dylan (*I* prefer Neil)keep in Mind that NEIL idolizes Dylan and has been (isn't it obvious?)heavily influenced by Dylan...

At 3/12/2012 07:36:00 PM, Anonymous Brent said...

on an unrelated note....I was hoping we would have a Crazy Horse album release date or some tour dates by now.

At 3/12/2012 09:08:00 PM, Blogger realfamousguy said...

Neil Young's work just keeps getting better. His last disc "Le Noise" is the sound of an artist still at his peak. I mean, the dude just does not sell out to schlock. Even though his fame would give him license to do so. Neil knows this but yet he goes the pure artist route ~ feed the muse and she will reward you with new, vibrant and creative stuff. It takes work. This is why everyone I talk to from casual fan to devotee regards Neil with utmost respect. I'm proud to say I'm from Canada, Neil Young's homeland.

~ realfamousguy

At 3/13/2012 04:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil is the King!
And Bob is recording a new album too.

@ Brent > please remember this is a Neil Young fanatic fan site. Hoping and expecting are words that most visitors don't use over here. It's kind of dangerous to do so. In the past there were fanatics over here that were expecting or hoping for the Archives for twenty years and a Crazy Horse album like Toast for three or four years...


At 3/13/2012 11:44:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

There's Bob and Paul and Neil, and then there is everyone else. Try somehow to imagine the last fifty years without these guys. How about imagine without even one of them. Or with only one of them. I sure can't.

In a world where everything is forever changing, we've had these three to give us an anchor. To show us our world and rock our asses off. Giving us the songs that we live our lives with, that we love our lives with. That we say hello and goodbye with.

How many people have listened to how many of their songs over the past fifty years? Even more will be listening over the next fifty. And the next fifty.

So let's all enjoy and be thankful for what they have given us. And for everything they continue giving. The full moon can be wonderful on a clear and quiet night.

We're alone and I'm listening
I'm listening so hard that it hurts
--Leonard Cohen

At 3/13/2012 06:58:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

and John, lest we forget.

At 3/13/2012 08:42:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Eric - easy now. Your anger can be directed to the article author MARK LEPAGE.

@asg: Thanks. Funny how every time we run something with both Bob & Neil it eventually degenerates into this? Weird. So, what would Bob do?

@ realfamousguy - No schlock Sherlock. ;)

@BSM - TW a fanatic fan site?! No, we're just passionate.

@ Mr H - In a world where everything is forever changing, we've had these three to give us an anchor. exactly. thnx

At 3/13/2012 09:13:00 PM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Bob is an icon. Neil is iconic. Got it? U2 is a genre of Irish contemporary rock music.

At 3/13/2012 09:20:00 PM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Paul should have told the Queen to stick it up her rear end and give Ireland back to the Irish once and for all. Paul sold out. John & George would have never ever sold their soul the way Paul sells his.

At 3/14/2012 04:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh good lord...

Why doesn't the USA give Hawai back to the Hawaiians!

Things aren't always as simple as they seem MNOTR.

At 3/14/2012 01:48:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

I categorically con you not, this is where it all started!

At 3/14/2012 10:52:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

I did not forget John, who was, is and will always be my favorite. My point was simply that these three survivors are not only at the head-of-the-class, they are the flag bearers for everything good that continues on in music. And with almost 150 years of combined music, I don't think we've ever seen anything like this before. And we probably won't see it ever again.

At 3/15/2012 02:13:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature at the Crossroads... said...

That's funny Sony. But I think it started earlier than that:

"I went down to the crossroad
fell down on my knees
I went down to the crossroad
fell down on my knees
Asked the lord above "Have mercy now save poor Bob if you please"


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