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Monday, February 19, 2018

Neil Young: "The Rebel Speaks" - World-Exclusive Interview | MOJO 293 – April 2018

"The masses have been cheated!"
Neil Young: "The Rebel Speaks"

MOJO 293 – April 2018

UPDATED 2-26-18
NEIL YOUNG IS IN FIGHTING MOOD in the new issue of MOJO magazine, which celebrates his dissident spirit over 50-odd years of unique music-making and uncompromising non-career moves. His latest cause is the integrity of audio, which he insists will find a spiritual home on his Archives web site, now fully-operational, which will enable fans to stream Neil Young music at super-high ‘master’ quality.

Not surprisingly, Young is not a fan of the current idea of what’s an acceptable standard of sound-quality on the majority streaming platforms.

“I’m not accepting the status quo of what’s happened in music,” he tells MOJO’s Keith Cameron. “When people listen to Spotify, they only hear less than five per cent, about three-and-something per cent of what the original music was. The rest of it is filled with garbage. It’s like having only the surface of the sound. Music is my life and I can’t stand by and listen to the crap that people are paying for today and be part of that. That’s why I already dropped out of streaming once and I’ll probably do it again.”

Young talks MOJO through his Archives site’s latest innovations, including an online newspaper called the NYA Times-Contrarian, and some of the audio-visual projects that we can expect to debut soon. Young tells us to expect a Shakey Pictures Movie Night, where exciting unseen film of some key projects will be unveiled.

“I think the first movie night we have will be the Alchemy [2012 Neil Young & Crazy Horse tour] version of Hurricane,” says Young. “It’s a half-hour version, and it’s also during one of the largest weather events… well, definitely the biggest weather event that I’ve ever played in. It is ridiculous-looking. And sounding.”

In a wide-ranging interview, Young acknowledges the particular place in his work occupied by Crazy Horse (“I think Crazy Horse probably gets to a more cosmic place”) while giving due credit to his current on-stage partners, Promise Of The Real, which includes Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah.

“I’m not accepting the status quo of what’s happened in music.”


Elsewhere, some of Young’s most significant collaborators – including Graham Nash, Niko Bolas, Lukas Nelson, Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro, Nils Lofgren and ex-wife Pegi – relive some of Young’s most fascinating projects, zeroing in on the singer’s strength to stand up for what he believes in.

Nash recalls the circumstances around CSNY’s decision to record Young’s song Ohio, which mourned the four students shot and killed at Kent State University in 1969, before remembering a 2006 live performance of another Young song, Let’s Impeach The President, at Madison Square Garden, New York, which had later-to-be President Donald Trump grooving in his seat.

“He was right in the centre of Row 8, sitting next to Salman Rushdie, for God’s sake!” Nash tells MOJO. “You can’t make this shit up!”

For more of Keith Cameron’s deep dive into Neil Young’s rebel ways, get hold of MOJO 293, in UK stores now.

The latest issue of MOJO Magazine (#293 – April 2018) has Neil Young on the cover and a world-exclusive interview "The Rebel Speaks".

NEIL YOUNG – ROCK’S ULTIMATE REBEL – stars on an extra-special, gold-emblazoned MOJO cover.

Inside, in a world-exclusive interview, he holds forth on Crazy Horse, Donald Trump, Spotify and more, while key collaborators offer insights into a career of doing the exact opposite of what’s expected.

Plus: Graham Nash, Frank Sampedro, Pegi Young, Nils Lofgren and more attest to his ongoing insurgency.

FREE CD: REVOLUTION BLUES 15 tracks of rebel rock, protest funk and f-you folk, featuring Billy Bragg, Fela Kuti, Curtis Mayfield, MC5, Gil Scott-Heron, Sleater-Kinney and more. Play loud! MOJO’s free CD follows the Neil-inspired theme of defiance, with stirring protest rock, folk and funk.

Also in the issue: an in-depth eulogy to The Fall’s Mark E Smith; Roxy Music revisit their stunning debut album; Jimmy Page on plans for Led Zeppelin’s golden jubilee; Jack White explains his audacious new album. Plus: David Byrne; Jonathan Wilson; The Damned’s Dave Vanian; LA Witch; XTC; Tom Waits and Laurie Anderson.
The Bonus CD "Revolution Blues" sounds promising.

More at MOJO Magazine (#293 – April 2018).

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At 2/19/2018 03:12:00 PM, Blogger Maheto said...

I wonder if Neil has listened to Jason Isbell... You want topical and protest, astonishing songwriting, singing AND incredible guitar playing, Isbell does it all.
I'm over Neil being cranky and blowing off his lyrics. Be angry man, but pay attention to your craft!

from "Hope the High Road", off of 2017's "Nashville Sounds"

"I've heard enough of the white man's blues
I've sang enough about myself
So if you're looking for some bad news
You can find it somewhere else
Last year was a son of a bitch
For nearly everyone we know
But I ain't fighting with you down in a ditch
I'll meet you up here on the road"

At 2/19/2018 03:20:00 PM, Blogger Maheto said...

..more Isbell, "White Man's World"

"I'm a white man living in a white man's town
Want to take a shot of cocaine and burn it down
Momma wants to change that Nashville sound
But they're never gonna let her

There's no such thing as someone else's war
Your creature comforts aren't the only things worth fighting for
If you're still breathing, it's not too late
We're all carrying one big burden, sharing one fate

I'm a white man living on a white man's street
I've got the bones of the red man under my feet
The highway runs through their burial grounds
Past the oceans of cotton

I'm a white man looking in a black man's eyes
Wishing I'd never been one of the guys
Who pretended not to hear another white man's joke
Oh, the times ain't forgotten"

At 2/19/2018 04:06:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Sure Maheto.

We're quite familiar w/ Jason -- and Amanda Shires, as well.

In fact -- as you well know -- Jason and the Drive-By Truckers were highly influenced by Neil. So it's pretty safe to assume that Neil is up to speed here.

Witness the album Southern Rock Opera with the epic song "Ronnie and Neil".

And if you really want to hear the white man's blues, then look no further than "Three Great Alabama Icons". But that was oh-so 2001...

At 2/20/2018 12:32:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

'Rebel' ? like Tony Hancock ? So the cover photo is from 1974 when Neil perhaps was a rebel, doesn't apply now.

At 2/20/2018 07:58:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

Just bought Mojo - a rehash of what we've heard before

At 2/21/2018 02:05:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

He's still alive and kicking,thankgod!Why write him off?Because he's coming of age,growing old?I'm glad he's still making music and talks freely what's on his mind.

At 2/23/2018 09:05:00 AM, Blogger joe lookout said...


At 2/23/2018 09:40:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks joe lookout! Posted @

At 2/26/2018 10:08:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Andy - wrong. or you didn't read it. Neil discusses Movie Night on NYA.

Some re-hash but lots of new stuff.


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