MAJOR INTERVIEW: "Neil Young Comes Clean" - NYTimes.com
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A very, very major profile of Neil Young on the other NYTimes.com by DAVID CARR. That would be The New York Times.
It is a must read and preview of the upcoming memoir “Waging Heavy Peace”.
“For whatever you’re doing, for your creative juices, your geography’s got a hell of a lot to do with it,” he said. “You really have to be in a good place, and then you have to be either on your way there or on your way from there.”
“I don’t think I’m going to be able to continue to mainly be a musician forever, because physically I think it’s going to take its toll on me — it’s already starting to show up here and there,” he said. Writing a book, he added, allowed him “to do what I want the way I want to do it.”
“I work for the muse.
I’m not here to sell things. That’s what other people do, I’m creating them. If it doesn’t work out, I’m sorry; I’m just doing what I do. You hired me to do what I do, not what you do. As long as people don’t tell me what to do, there will be no problem.”
“The straighter I am, the more alert I am, the less I know myself and the harder it is to recognize myself. I need a little grounding in something and I am looking for it everywhere.”
"Young says much of his current battle is to be a person good enough to be worthy of his family’s love."
And this, Bob Dylan on Neil Young ...
Dylan, in a note his manager passed to me, says it’s clear why Young has not tumbled into musical dotage: “An artist like Neil always has the upper hand,” he says. “It’s the pop world that has to make adjustments. All the conventions of the pop world are only temporary and carry no weight. It’s basically two different things that have nothing to do with each other.”
The article contains many rare photos never seen before (by many but not all) which presumably will be in the book.
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And, almost as interesting is David Carr's reflections on Driving Around with Neil Young - NYTimes.com:
So here’s the weird thing: when I got to his ranch, where he was waiting for me, he could not have been more ready to chat.
I hopped in his weird little car and we went driving down into the valley, a chunk of which he owned, and he was forthright, easy to talk to and charming in a very plain-spoken way. Riding in the passenger seat as he talked, I had flashback to “Journeys,” Jonathan Demme’s film about Young that includes a lot of driving around and talking. I snapped some photos along the way, but I wish I had just held up my iPad for a minute or two and made my own little movie to capture what it was like to motor around this odd landscape of redwoods, rusting cars and roving animals.
Also, lots of interesting comments follow article, like this one by taopraxis:
Interesting interview, very well done.
Young displays the characteristically curious childlike mind of a free thinker and an artist, the kind of man American conservatives instantly mistake for a liberal and American liberals instantly mistake for a conservative.
I saw Neil Young in concert over forty years ago. I still have the old vinyl records. As I recall, the concert began with him sitting calmly in a wooden chair on the stage with an acoustic guitar singing for me and about twelve thousand other people. Sort of mesmerizing...quiet and beautiful.
My own brand of music is jazz but I love art and music of all stripes.
Good night, good concert, good memories...
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