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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

So What Makes Neil Young's Muse Tick?

David Geffen, Elliot Roberts, & Neil Young
Frame from 'Inventing David Geffen': American Masters
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The other day, we posted preview trailers for the upcoming documentary film 'Inventing David Geffen': American Masters.

Which, of course, reminded many of Neil Young's "lost '80's" due to the infamous Geffen lawsuit. This in turn, coincidentally led to the following article which examines the legal nightmare from a different angle. From How Neil Young Became the First Artist to Get Sued for Not Being Himself By Susan Alexander:
What? How can you get sued for not being yourself?

Writing for Rolling Stone, music journalist Don McLeese explains:

Neil Young is the only artist in the history of modern recording to be sued for refusing to be himself. The suit, filed by Geffen Records, Young’s label for much of the Eighties, charged that he was violating his contract by recording ‘unrepresentative’ albums. In other words, Neil Young wasn’t making Neil Young music.

The problem with Geffen’s suit was that there has never been any such thing as a ‘representative’ Neil Young album. Young has made a decades-long career out of keeping his fans guessing what he’ll do next.

Even before he signed with Geffen, his ever-changing style included raw and edgy, melodic and romantic, dark and melancholic, acoustic and electric, and introspective and retrospective, with a bit of punk thrown in for good measure, all backed by whatever band he’d assembled at the time. It’s just how he worked (and still does).

This post explores how Young has managed to maintain an ongoing state of creative flow throughout his career. Even when he was creating to order for a record company, and even during the litigation that ensued.

As we’ll see, he did so by mastering the art of self-renewal, which is something we can all learn to do.

Now we often are accused of over analyzing things to which we plead guilty.

That said tho, if you want some serious analysis of what makes Neil's creative muse tick, then check this blog on Lateral Action. (Thanks Peter!)

Then come back and tell us what it means for your creative muse.


At 8/30/2012 02:10:00 AM, Blogger La Johnson said...

Is that Mr Geffen asking for Neil's wallet?

At 8/30/2012 07:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guess would be that Geffen is asking Neil for a date...

At 8/30/2012 12:32:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

haha! becuz he's a gay! good one anonymous! bravo!

At 8/30/2012 01:43:00 PM, Blogger JimDC821 said...

Can Neil be sued for not releasing "Trunk Show" "Toast" or a CD version of TFA? We could file a "class-less" action suit.

At 8/31/2012 07:12:00 AM, Blogger MARIAN M. said...


I don't understand why David Geffin and American Masters are being used together in the same sentence.

Have a great Holiday weekend!

Marian M.

At 9/04/2012 09:32:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Neil Young attracts homophobe moronic fans, too?

At 9/04/2012 09:56:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Marian M. - American Masters is the name of the PBS series.

Now some would argue whether Geffen qualifies, but that's another debate.

Neil was featured a few years back.... and he's Canadian so go figure.

At 9/04/2012 10:11:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

I totally understand the Geffen suit against Neil. The music industry is a "risky business" and one of the cash cows was milking the farmer for advances. A cow that can't deliver the milk she promised is gonna piss off the farmer sooner or later. Was the suit justified? Well I bet that farmer is gonna change the way he does business with his cows in the future. On the orher hand, Geffen did retract the lawsuit in the end... And Neil got a short-lived acting career and an apology from David.

So much drama. So little time.

At 9/04/2012 10:38:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

I love David Geffen for many reasons. One, Double Fantasy. Two, Leonard Peltier (all you goddamn racists who didn't lift a finger to help that man but your okay about making money off his brand of people...). Three, AIDs research.


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