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Monday, January 14, 2013

FULL INTERVIEW: Patti Smith Chats w/ Neil Young - June 2012

Here's the complete video of the lunch conversation at BookExpo America 2012 with Neil Young and Patti Smith , who sat down to discuss their processes for writing songs and writing a book.
Neil Young: “If a song happens, it happens.

If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. It doesn’t matter. That’s why I will write a lot of material, and why I’ll suddenly not write any material — because there is no reason to write it. It has to come to me — and if it doesn’t come to me, I don’t want it. I don’t want to have anything to do with it. I don’t want to see it, I don’t want to look for it.”


"I really hate things that people work on.

There’s nothing about music that should be working on it, nothing about lyrics that should be working on it — trying to be something that you’re not, trying to act like somebody that you think is good.”


“I had to avoid all Dylan records, because I am such a sponge.

If I listen to it too much, I would start being that. I knew that that would disturb what I was doing. I admired what he did so much — the lyrics, and the way he sang, and the melodies, and the groove and the band that he played with — especially (the late guitarist Mike) Bloomfield. There were all of these great musicians that supported him. I had to ignore it. I just had to stay away from it.”
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At 1/14/2013 05:41:00 PM, Blogger La Johnson said...

Somebody wake me up!

At 1/14/2013 05:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2013 - What will that bring?

Which of the following (would you think) would be most likely to see the light of day in 2013?:

1. Neil Young Archives Vol. 2: 1973-1982
2. Pono
3. An Archive Special Release Series release
4. An Archive Performance Series release
5. Archive Original Release Series releases
6. BD-Live downloads
7. Live Alchemy
8. Trunk Show Blu-Ray/DVD
9. Human Highway Blu-Ray/DVD
10.Heart Of Gold Blu-Ray
11.Rust Never Sleeps Blu-Ray
12.Early Daze
13.New Crazy Horse album
14.New solo album

At 1/14/2013 08:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Archives 2 will prob include Trunk Show so I'm going to say 1 through 8. Fingers crossed for 13!!

a friend of ya'll

At 1/14/2013 08:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scratch that. Duh! No Trunk Show. It's not happening. Ever.

a friend of ya'll

At 1/15/2013 03:00:00 AM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this, and thought Patti had some great insights, e.g. what an Angel sounds like versus what an Angel feels like- and the importance of both, or the recognition that Neil delivers feelings to people rather than product.

Especially too, the conclusion was both insightful and heart warming of her to encapsulate so succinctly in just a few lines from Wayfarin' Stranger, the arc of a career delivering hope in the face of pain and cataclysm's: "I know dark clouds will gather over me. I know my way, my way is rough and steep. Yet beautiful fields lie just before me." It was moving to feel how moved she was.

Also fun to learn that Neil's Dad called him "Windy". What a nice memory that must be to have.

A Friend Of Yours

At 1/15/2013 05:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


1. LincVolt

2. Crazy Horse Tour

3. Chrome Dreams, Homegrown, Oceanside-Countryside, Odeon-Budokan

4. Alchemy

5. New Crazy Horse album

6. Pono (probably 2014)

At 1/16/2013 01:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on guys let's get a discussion going here on what to expesct this year.

At 1/16/2013 03:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok dude

In 2013 expect Neil to do the unexpected.

Discussion over



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