Neil Young's new release ""World Record" w/ Crazy Horse is now available for pre-order. Order here
(Please shop locally & independently. But if you can't, we appreciate your supporting Thrasher's Wheat by clicking this link or YOUR COUNTRY's FLAG. Thank you!!!)
<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Friday, June 19, 2015

"The Monsanto Years" Corporate Targets Begin To Respond to Neil Young's Criticism

The corporate attack PR machine is beginning to ramp up in defense as the release of Neil Young and Promise of the Real's new album "The Monsanto Years" release approaches on June 29, 2015.

As expected, Monsanto appears to be the most nervous. News reports indicate that Monsanto is actually considering a corporate name change and leaving its U.S. headquarters to reincorporate in Europe.

Billboard sent the album's lyrics to Monsanto, Starbucks, Chevron and Walmart for a response.

“Monsanto Years”

“When you shop for your daily bread and walk the aisles of Safeway
Find a package to catch your eye that makes you smile at Safeway
Choose a picture of an old red barn on a field of green
With the farmer and his wife and children, to complete the scene at Safeway
The family seeds they used to save were gifts from God not Monsanto
Their own child grows ill near the poisoned crop
While they work on, they can’t find an easy way to stop Monsanto …
Give us this day our daily bread, and let us not go with Monsanto”

Monsanto: "Many of us at Monsanto have been and are fans of Neil Young. Unfortunately, for some of us, his current album may fail to reflect our strong beliefs in what we do every day to help make agriculture more sustainable. We recognize there is a lot of misinformation about who we are and what we do – and unfortunately several of those myths seem to be captured in these lyrics."

“Big Box”

“People workin’ part time at Walmart never get the benefits for sure
Might not make it to full-time at Walmart”

Walmart: "As you might have seen recently, Walmart raised its lowest starting wage to $9 an hour. We’re proud of the opportunity we provide people to build a career and have a chance at a better life."

"A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop"

“A rock star bucks a coffee shop
Yeah, I want a cup of coffee
But I don’t want a GMO
I’d like to start my day off
Without helpin’ Monsanto
Ask Starbucks if coffee has GMO…
Monsanto let our farmers grow what they want to grow
When the people of Vermont voted to label food with GMOs
So they would know what was in what the farmer grows
Monsanto and Starbucks through the grocery manufacturers alliance
Sued the state of Vermont to overturn the people’s will
Monsanto and Starbucks, mothers want to know what they feed their children”

Starbucks: "Starbucks has not taken a position on the issue of GMO [genetically modified organism] labeling. As a company with stores and a product presence in every state, we prefer a national solution."

“People Want to Hear Songs About Love”

“Don’t talk about the Chevron millions
Going to the pipeline politicians”

Chevron: "I received your media inquiry, however we are not going to participate in the interview."
More on Neil Young's preemptive communications strategy here and here.



At 6/19/2015 10:20:00 AM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Thrasher, fwiw the reason why Monsanto is looking to re-domicle to Europe is not out of fear of Neil's criticisms but to execute a tax inversion ... 'i'e to cut their US tax bill .. another of one of the famous loopholes in our special interest driven tax code ... reading their response to Neil's stinging criticism it seems their PR people decided to embrace Neil as an artist ("many of us are fans of his music") while suggesting he (and his lyrics) are misinformed ... in others words make nice and obfuscate the issue in hopes of diverting people's attention to something else ...

At 6/19/2015 12:53:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I am a long time fan of Neil but I am long sick and tired of his rants over last 10+ years. Hasn't put out much music I really have enjoyed during that time period either.

At 6/19/2015 05:48:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Dan1 - funny, but yesterday we missed your subtlety and today you missed ours!? Yeah, we could've been a bit more sarcastic about it probably.

We certainly doubt that some old hippie cowboy singer would be much of a threat to a giant multi-national global corporation. They're probably having a chuckle listening to the album.

@Unknown - very odd? Yesterday, you were singing Neil's praises for speaking truth to power.

Today, the opposite.

What happened last night?

At 6/19/2015 07:14:00 PM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

How long before Neil moves on to something else? To me as a long time fan the music just isn't good enough. There's a big box looking at me and laughing..Archives Blu Ray Box Set....another project left to wither. Oh yeh I forgot we love Neil for following his muse etc etc..or in this case following his mare.

At 6/19/2015 07:22:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

"Following his mare". All of you just admit it. You chuckled. Good one Andy!

At 6/20/2015 08:50:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Andy, I agree that the current music just isn't good enough (at least to my ears). Thankfully, if history is any indicator, Neil has already begun moving on. Regarding the mare you speak of, at times we all follow someone or something, or lead willingly or blindly, but in the end we are true to ourselves. Neil will find his level again, just like water. (After all, didn't he write "I'm the Ocean"?)

I'm not attending any of the upcoming shows, but I suspect they'll be very entertaining. Looks like he'll be mixing in some cool tunes from the vault, and with a good backing band, the Monsanto stuff will be much more palatable in concert. He'll have fun with it and then find something else he can fixate on for a while.

Is it strange I should change, I don't know, why don't you ask her?

At 6/20/2015 11:32:00 PM, Blogger medward said...


At 6/21/2015 12:44:00 PM, Blogger Graham said...

I doubt Neil is winning many new fans in the last few years just losing old ones.

At 6/21/2015 03:06:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

This album sounds under produced,quickly written and just not very good at all.of course Luke Nelson and his band are talking it up.they are at best a house band and will probably wish they were part of a better album.
Last night I listened to Cortez,will to love,like a hurricane and the album tonight's the night.
I can hardly listen to the new's so weak
I agree..bring out archives 2 before we all stop listening at all
This ranting about coffees,Monsanto,Starbucks etc. is quite frankly a lot of balls
Aren't there many other more pressing concerns in this world than this..?


Post a Comment

<< Home

<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Willie for a Nobel!

Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize
for Farm Aid and his work on
alternative fuels, and world peace initiatives.

Farm Aid

Go Farmers Markets!

"In the >field< of opportunity
It's plowin' time again."

Silverline Communications

(Home of the FarmAidians)
Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada
(519) 737-7979

This blog supports free speech!

Demand justice for Aaron:
Support "Aaron's Law" and inquiry into his prosecution

(... he didn't kill himself either...) #AaronDidntKillHimself

Induct Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Please Help Support Independent Media &
Non-Corporate Advertising
This Blog's For You!

The Hypocrisy of the Mainstream Media

It's Been Called The
"Missing Link" in the Ditch Trilogy


Sign the Release "Time Fades Away" Petition
Join The 10,000+ Who Have Already Signed


Neil Young Appreciation Society

Sugar Mountain

Neil Young Setlists
Rust Radio


Bands Covering Neil Young songs


Official Neil Young News Site

The Bridge School

The Bridge School Concerts
25th Anniversary Edition

**100% of Proceeds to Benefit Bridge School***

The Essential Neil Young

Fans Favorite Neil Albums

Top 50 MP3
Neil Young Song Downloads

Top 10 Best Selling Neil Albums Today
Support Thrasher's Wheat
via Purchases from:
United States - us.gif
Canada - canada.gif
United Kingdom - gb.gif
Germany - de.gif

Neil Young Songbook Project

In the fields of wheat

"Children of Destiny" will NOT be harvested
However, the chaff will be burned by unquenchable fire

Neil Young + Promise of the Real

Europe 2016 Tour Dates

2015 Rebel Content Tour

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Alchemy Concert Tour Reviews

Fall 2012 N. America Tour
Spring 2013 Australia/New Zealand Tour
Summer 2013 Europe Tour

Europe Summer 2014 Concert Tour
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Thrasher's Wheat Radio Supporters Go To Europe

Neil Young Films

2010 MusiCares Honors Neil Young

Features Elvis Costello, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Ben Harper, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Keith Urban, and others.
Proceeds from sales go to MusiCares,
which helps musicians in need of
financial and medical assistance.


"There's more to the picture
Than meets the eye"



Neil Young FAQ:
Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker
"an indispensable reference"

Paul McCartney and Neil Young


"You can make a difference
If you really a try"

John Lennon and Neil Young

"hailed by fans as a wonderful read"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:
The Supergroup of the 20th Century

Director Jonathan Demme's Exquisite film "Heart of Gold"

eddie & neil
Eddie Vedder and Neil Young

Revisiting The Significance of
The Buffalo Springfield

"The revolution will not be televised"
... it will be blogged, streamed,
tweeted, shared and liked
The Embarrassment of Mainstream Media

Turn Off Your TV & Have A Life

"Everything Is Bullshit" +
"Turn Off The News"
Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)

Neil Young 2016 Year in Review:
The Year of The Wheat

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

Neil Young's Feedback:
An Acquired Taste?

Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years
by Rustie Sharry "Keepin' Jive Alive in T.O." Wilson

"the definitive source of Neil Young's formative childhood years in Canada"

neil & joni
Joni Mitchell & Neil Young

europe 1987.jpg

Bob and Neil

So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?

Four Dead in Ohio
kent state
So What Really Happened at Kent State?

The Four Dead in Ohio

May The FOUR Be With You #MayThe4thBeWithYou


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

Sing Truth to Power!
When Neil Young Speaks Truth To Power,
The World Listens

Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

Wilco and Neil Young


Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young


Elton John and Neil Young

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young


The Meaning of "Sweet Home Alabama" Lyrics

Neil Young Nation -
"The definitive Neil Young fan book"

What does the song mean?

Random Neil Young Link of the Moment

Bonnie Raitt and Neil Young

I'm Proud to Be A Union Man


When Neil Young is Playing,
You Shut the Fuck Up

Class War:
They Started It and We'll Finish It...

A battle raged on the open page...
No Fear, No Surrender. Courage

"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"
Full Disclousre Now

"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

Willie Nelson & Neil Young
Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize

John Mellencamp:
Why Willie Deserves a Nobel



Love and Only Love

"Thinking about what a friend had said,
I was hoping it was a lie"

We're All On
A Journey Through the Past

Neil Young's Moon Songs
Tell Us The F'n TRUTH
(we can handle it... try us)

Does Anything Else Really Matter?

"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
~~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Here Comes "The Big Shift"

Maybe everything you think you know is wrong? NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
Guess what?
"Symbols Rule the World, not Words or Laws."
... and symbolism will be their downfall...

Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
Be The Rain, Be The Change

the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists

"Children of Destiny" - THE Part of THE Solution

(Frame from Official Music Video)

war is not the answer
yet we are
Still Living With War

"greed is NOT good"
Hey Big Brother!
Stop Spying On Us!
Civic Duty Is Not Terrorism

The Achilles Heel
Orwell (and Grandpa) Was Right
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”
~~ Bob Marley

The Essence of "The Doubters"

Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

Even Though The Music Died 50+ Years Ago
Open Up the "Tired Eyes" & Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?


Show Me A Sign

"Who is John Galt?"
To ask the question is to know the answer

"Whosoever shall give up his liberty for a temporary security
deserves neither liberty nor safety."

~~ Benjamin Franklin


(Between the lines of age)

And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make

~~ John & Paul

the zen of neil
the power of rust
the karma of the wheat