Celebrating 10 Years of Daily Blogging: Waging Heavy Wheat
Geoff Moore - Silver Moon Graphics
As 2013 begins, we here at Thrasher's Wheat begin to celebrate 10 years of near daily blogging of Neil Young News. Or -- as we are quite fond of quoting -- separating the wheat from the chaff on all things Neil.
Over the past decade, we've published over 3,600 blog posts, with tens of thousands of comments, attracted over 11 million unique visitors, and logged nearly 27 million page views. And its now been 20 years since joining the Rust List - The Neil Young Community and 17 years since starting the original Thrasher's Wheat website, whose original mission was to harvest and archive postings from the Neil Young Internet Rust and Human Highway communities.
Daily blogging on Thrasher's Wheat began with the following post, in the post 9/11 era -- when paranoia was striking deep and creeping into all of our lives -- on the eve of The Iraq War v. 2.0.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer
From Fresh Wheat - Updated 3/15/03:
And with the above blog post we were off on our crazy adventure to try and blog all things Neil and Greendale.
Neil inducted Mo Ostin into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction on March 10, 2003. From PUNK: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2003:
"Of anything that was said throughout the entire evening, the most important words spoken by anyone were the ones that didn't make it onto VH1. Some of those words came from Neil Young.
Young, who was on hand to give a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Nonperformer Category to Mo Ostin, said:
"'We're having a good time tonight but we're going to kill a lot of people next week.
So let's not forget about that.
I don't want to ruin this but it's too real not to mention it. And music used to be about this. And it still is about this, it's a human thing. And these are human beings over there and we're making a big mistake.
I feel like I'm riding in a giant gas guzzling SUV and the driver's drunk as a fucking skunk. He's drunk on power.'"
For us, Greendale was like a sledgehammer to the anvil of truth and consciousnesses which awakened this blog from it's post-9/11 dormancy into something that we're not even sure what its evolved into being.
So, after a few months of blogging, we promised Thrashette that we'd stop blogging when Neil stopped playing Greendale.
But a funny thing happened. Neil kept playing Greendale. Around the world. Europe. North America. Japan. Australia. New Zealand. Into 2004, Neil brought Greendale back to Canada and the U.S.
And Neil kept churning out the Greendale message in song, on stage, on film and even in a graphic novel.
The Concert, Stage Play, Musical, Film & Graphic Novel
There was so much going on with Greendale that we just had to soak it all in and capture as much of the magic as we possibly could.
Simply put, there had never before been anything like it before coming from the always surprising Neil Young, so that was saying something right there.
From the moment we heard Sun Green pickup that red megaphone and speak the truth to power, we knew.
We knew that oh-so little inconvenient truth of Greendale was that Sun Green was right. More so now, than ever before.
Neil Young & Sun Green
Greendale at Radio City Music Hall, New York City - March 18, 2004
photo by TW
So, Thank You for Supporting Thrasher's Wheat. We couldn't do this without you -- our beloved dear, loyal readers.
Be the rain.
Wage heavy wheat.
peace & love,
thrasher & thrashette
"Keep on bloggin'
`Til the power goes out
The batteries dead
Twist and shout"
- "Fork In the Road"
ps - it keeps us searchin' for a vista and a muse.