Neil Young Bootleg Record Shopping - 1971
Here is a short film from 1971 of Neil Young shopping in a record store and coming across his own work on bootleg albums.
The clip is from Neil Young Archives Volume #1 and is quite amusing on a number of levels. The sheer audacity of Neil essentially stealing back his own work, the clueless record store clerk trying to handle the situation, and of course that '70's vibe all make for a vintage time capsule.
Here's a comment on the YouTube video:
But the point is that artists need to be paid for their work.
That is all this is about.
Forget it’s Neil Young. It’s very simple. If you were an artist - musician, actor, photographer, painter, whatever - you would have no trouble comprehending the spirit of what he’s doing in this clip. This is where this notion of taking from artists started, back then. And look where it’s left us. People ripping shit off all over the internet. It’s not fair and you would understand if someone at your job said “Well Jim, sorry but we’re only gonna pay you for some of the work you did. The rest of it we’re giving out for free.” Neil was making a statement, plain and simple, and yes, you’re right, hardly any of this affected him monetarily him back then or now or will in the future. Personally it’s a whole other story when that is your work. He’s doing it for the greater good, which is in fact pretty awesome.
More on Neil Young Archives Volume #1.