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Thursday, September 04, 2014

"I've Got The Revolution Blues": Neil Young on Social Revolution



It seems that just about everyone has "The Revolution Blues" these days.

As the "Big Shift" inexorably approaches, a look back at some very significant comments by Neil Young on social revolution.

Also, some of the most eloquent and articulate speaking that we've ever seen by Neil in an interview.

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff interviews Neil Young at the Cloudforce Conference 2011 in Japan. Young compares the youth movements of the 60s and 70s with the social movements (Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street) of today, noting how social media technology is enabling people around the world to effect change in ways never imagined.

Recorded live in Tokyo, Japan, December 14, 2011.

We must say that we were quite pleased to hear Neil discuss Kent State and Occupy, especially after the attacks we saw on our post #OccupyWallStreet 2011 and Kent State Ohio 1970: Is This Really Deja Vu? back in November 2011.

When we posted this back in 2012 , there were a number of comments on the subject and here's one by Mother Nature on the Run who said...
I think television helped shape a lot of what happened on the campuses in the 60s, too. We saw injustices like images of little girls down South getting hosed during demonstrations and protests. We were watching their brave and courageous mothers and fathers being beaten and treated like animals. We saw people grieving for their murdered relatives and friends afterwards.

Getting high helped many of us escape once in awhile from the inhumanity of our own people. Unfortunately, some of our friends and family started developing an addiction for the high and couldn't find their way back to reality.

So here we are, 40, 50 years later and wondering if the social revolution ever ended. Nope, it still raves on in so many ways through musicians and artists work.

I would disagree with Neil by saying some of the music, most notably RAP, is very much social protest music against social injustices of the people who listen to it.

I very much agree with Neil that if we are open to it, we can learn a lot from the Japanese and their survival, their reverence and respect for social order and reconciliation, and overall mutual collectivism. Unlike here in America, the head of the nail sticking out gets hammered in.

Is Neil is referring to mainstream-pop culture music today that appears to void of social consciousness raising? He forgot the sidebar note about there ALWAYS being an undercurrent in art & music & literature directed at those guilty of social injustice. Only until it becomes part of our collective social conscience can we make a difference or bring about change that will improve upon the condition for all life on our planet.

Neil continues to give an honest-to-God account of the human condition which is why his work is still so relevant today. He writes how most of us are feeling on any given day or any day of major significance.

Remember? That one song he pulls out of our collective consciousness? "Imagine?" It's the one song that said it all after the tragedy of September 11.

Remember when he did Hank's "Alone and Forsaken" that one time, too? The songs he doesn't write, he pulls out of obscurity. He pulls it right out from our hearts:

"We met in the springtime when blossoms unfold. The pastures were green and the meadows were gold. Our love was in flower as summer grew on; her love like the leaves now has withered and gone.

The roses have faded, there's frost at my door. The birds in the morning don't sing anymore.

The grass in the valley is starting to die & out in the darkness the whippoorwills cry.

Alone and forsaken by fate and by man. Oh, Lord, if you hear me please hold to my hand. Oh please understand.

Oh, where has she gone to, oh, where can she be? She may have forsaken some other like me.
She promised to honor, to love and obey; each vow was a plaything that she threw away.

The darkness is falling, the sky has turned gray; a hound in the distance is starting to bey
I wonder, I wonder - what she's thinking of?

Forsaken, forgotten - without any love."
And speaking of deja vu all over again, fast forward to today and unbelievably, Tin Soldiers and Nixon's Coming, yet again.

So just occupy the music, how about it, OK?

Thanks Denis & MNOTR!


"Try To Remember Peace"

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At 9/04/2014 01:17:00 PM, Anonymous ed said...

Arab Spring....worked out great didnt it?

 
At 9/04/2014 02:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young is no revolutionary. He's a capitalist through and through.

 
At 9/04/2014 05:10:00 PM, Blogger Philip Dennis said...

CSN&Y got ripped off on the initial orders of the box set by an unscrupulous printer.They have had to sue to get the initial profits back.The article is on patch.com called "classic rock debacle".Im happy I got mine off I-tunes.

 
At 9/05/2014 08:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh the foolish thinking of leftist liberal minds...so sad...platitudes..."Big Shift"???...big joke is more like it...

 
At 9/05/2014 06:08:00 PM, Blogger Vacant Horizon said...

Anon,

Dismissal of leftist thought just indicates stupidity and delusion on your part. That's what's sad. NY is no revolutionary and he's definitely not a leftist. He's a liberal capitalist, so you have nothing to worry about.

 
At 9/06/2014 12:59:00 AM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

9/05/2014 08:05:00 AM, Anonymous said... “Oh the foolish thinking of leftist liberal minds...so sad...platitudes..."Big Shift"???...big joke is more like it...”

Anon 8:05, if what Thrasher is saying is purely a function of partisan politics, I would consider it dubious as well. However, and Thrasher can correct me if I’m wrong, I highly doubt it. I think Thrasher is more in line with “be the rain” when it comes to these things, and as such would agree that it is counterproductive to fall for the divide and conquer mentality of partisan politics. I understand that I’m in the minority when it comes to politics (albeit a minority that is heading in the direction of majority), and more and more it just makes me laugh. All my “liberal” friends think I’m “conservative”, and all my “conservative” friends think I’m “liberal”. They always fail to get my point that both “sides” (there are no sides- it’s all the same thing) are predominately in the wrong. When the Bush’s were in office they did a lot of things wrong, and it could just as easily have been pointed out by a “conservative” as a “liberal”. The identical thing can be said of the Clinton and Obama administrations. Wrong is wrong is wrong is wrong.

The sad thing to note here is that the basis for concluding that something is “wrong” should be a personal thing, but unfortunately too many people take their talking points from what passes for political discourse- all of which is designed to divide and conquer- and fail to realize that window dressing aside, both political extremes are actually more in concert with each other than not. They are bought and paid for to keep the status quo intact, e.g. the Federal Reserve system which is the root origin of our boom and bust economic cycle (to say nothing of how it keeps us on our knees via confiscatory taxation), the oil paradigm, overseas military involvements, and ever expanding participation in a world system that is antagonistic to national sovereignty. But why quibble?

It is ludicrous to dismiss commentary that seeks fundamental change as a response to real world crisis using a rationale that obfuscates objective reality. If the sky is blue, no amount of political mumble jumbo can alter the fact. Just so, mankind and its existence here on earth is in peril on all levels and across all lines. Here’s the point: it comes down to our collective consciousness. No political answer is forthcoming. No vested interest is going to willingly give up its profits. No religion is going to teach what Jesus taught so long ago- that the power to change our reality as a species lies within through communion with the Spirit of God (“spirit road”). No religion is going to teach that all our outer circumstances and the plans of mice and men are only as viable as the collective will to believe in them.

If by “Big Shift” Thrasher is referring to a collective shift in consciousness, then he is spot on, and no corporeal power can hold it back if it is God centered. Of course, there will always be debate about how we define God, but I think most people can agree that the Sacred will always outweigh the profane- IF we place our collective focus there. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t view lofty aspirations such as these as a “big joke”, and I’m not even a “leftist”.

A Friend Of Yours

 
At 9/06/2014 11:49:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

Thanks AFOY, as always, for your thoughts.

One always hears "May you live in interesting times" because it seems that change is relentless and inevitable. We're here for the ride.

Right now, it seems a lot of folks want off of the ride. Understandable and straightforward. If you want to get off the ride, than just get up and walk off. Pretty simple.

Like you said, all the dichotomies are just mind constructs to keep you distracted and on the ride going around and around. But once you get off the ride, make the big shift and chart your own path, one finds the real, true rewards and experiences.

If this doesn't make sense, than check the late great Bill Hicks. He explains everything you need to know about "The Ride & The Shift" in just a few minutes.

All you ever need to know...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMUiwTubYu0

Thanks Bill. Looking forward to catching up down the road.


 
At 9/09/2014 07:41:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

"But once you get off the ride, make the big shift and chart your own path, one finds the real, true rewards and experiences."

Any path paved with servitude,
compassion, forgiveness, and non-violence is a path worth walking.

 

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