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Thrasher's Wheat Celebrates 25th Anniversary: 1996 - 2021

 Thrasher's Wheat Celebrates 25th Anniversary: 1996 - 2021
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This year in 2021, we here at Thrasher's Wheat are celebrating our 25th anniversary.

Thrasher's Wheat 20th Anniversary: 1996 - 2016
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It has been a long, long road since 1996 and we plan to make 2021 a year of celebration. A celebration maybe not so much of our little blog website or even of Neil Young. No, a celebration of this wonderful little community we joined back in 1993 that eventually became known as "The force of Rust".

Photo by TW Tour & Merch Manager RotM: Hounds That Howell

The Rust community is -- without a shred of doubt -- the tightest and coolest group of music fans running in history... online or offline. (We'd be happy to have that discussion separately below in comments.)

Rusties @ The Healing Pole & Medicine Teepee
Shoreline: 2015 International Rust Fest Bridge Concerts

To say that the power of Rust changed our lives would be a vast over under statement. That said, to some degree, it became our mantra to stay "rustie" at all times. To be the rust is to know the rust. And rusties understand that statement. 

Or as we sometimes say, "It's a rustie thing and you wouldn't understand".

What many may not realize, is that Thrasher's Wheat continues to be the longest continuously running website in the history of the Internet dedicated to a single topic, operating under the same "original management" and "original mission".

Period. Full stop.

Longer than eBay, Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc. Even before New York Times or Washington Post websites were launched, or about the same time. And we welcome any challenge to the above statement and will gladly correct. :)

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At this point, we could run down an amazing amount of TW post highlights. The concert reviews. The photos. The videos. The escasties and agonies. And so on. 

But at the moment, we just want to share the joy of Neil and the Rust community.

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So here's what we're thinking. Back in 2016 -- thanks to our dear friend Geoff, -- we came up with a Thrasher's Wheat 20th Anniversary t-shirt with which to celebrate.

Sandy & Tami
The Arkansas Girls

But now in honor of Thrasher's Wheat Celebrates 25th Anniversary: 1996 - 2021, we will be embarking on a new and exciting adventure.

w/ Geoff in Telluride 2016 

Stay tuned in coming days for a very major announcement in the next chapter of the evolution of 21st Century Thrasher's Wheat!

Thanks for readin' & Keep on rockin'!
thrasher & thrashette

Our little box at the top of the stairs

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At 5/03/2021 12:49:00 PM, Blogger Hambone said...

Well it's a public holiday today here in the UK so what better way to celebrate than raising a glass of a beverage of your choice to family Thrasher and this wonderful site.

Keep on Rockin'

At 5/03/2021 12:51:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks Hambone. Cheers!
ps - and your beverage of choice?! we do like a mighty fine strong ale if we do say. hoist that glass!

At 5/03/2021 01:02:00 PM, Blogger Old Black said...

Congratulations Thrasher, and thanks for all that you do! I'm a late arrival to the party, I didn't go online until 2011, but my "Neil life" is vastly, vastly enriched by your work. Like Hambone I'm UK based and I'm raising a strong ale (chocolate stout 6%) to you right now, cheers!

At 5/03/2021 01:07:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

most excellent OB! thanks & enjoy. Double cheers mate!!!

At 5/03/2021 02:09:00 PM, Blogger Art Carey said...

Your effort is much appreciated. thank you

At 5/03/2021 02:54:00 PM, Blogger Roberto said...

My best congrats to the best blog on Mother Earth.

My daughter is 3 months older than you :-)


At 5/03/2021 02:57:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Art - thanks for being here. See you down the road and on the rail!

@ Roberto - we appreciate your very kind words. teach your children well. we're confident.

At 5/03/2021 02:59:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

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At 5/03/2021 03:40:00 PM, Blogger tomatron said...

Congrats to y’all and all the rusties who’ve been part of this grand project! Here’s to another 25!

At 5/03/2021 03:48:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Congratulations Thrashers Wheat!!!!

This is ‘THE PLACE’ for all of us Rusties to connect and share our love of all things Neil. Thank you for your dedication and tenacity to make it 25 years. Along with NYA, you are the only two places I visit on the web every single day. This community is filled with knowledge, wisdom, kindness, and passion, and I’m grateful to be a small part of it. I hope you guys have a wonderful day celebrating your grand achievement and know that many of us are celebrating with you.

Thank you so much for all you do, and for the sacrifices you have to make in order for everyone to share our admiration for Neil and each other.

Peace 🙏

At 5/03/2021 04:02:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Right on Dan. Yes, Thrasher is a righteous dude! Thanks Thrasher!

At 5/03/2021 04:04:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Too much is never enough.... For me.... so I pass the pub and keep on going. A bike ride on some steep hills... now That might do the trick!.

At 5/03/2021 04:12:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Dear Thrasher, Happy 25th Anniversary! Has it already been (almost) 5 years since I wore that at NY /PotR at Boise?! Things are moving pretty fast nowadays. Only the pile of Treasure at hand from Neil Young can counter the dizzying speed of the months flying by. And the treasures that await us, stretched out ahead like tracks for a train. I am so glad to have Thrasher’s Wheat for my soul food on this journey. Your efforts have enriched the Neil Experience for us astronomically, cosmically. Many Thanks, my friend. Long live Thrasher / Thrashette, long live Neil Young, family, friends, and all y’all!
Alan in Seattle

At 5/03/2021 04:13:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

...since I wore that (TR T-shirt) at Boise...

At 5/03/2021 05:03:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

Congratulations from my end,too. To have provided for a forum for 25 years and continue to do so, where people from around the world congregate at a digital campfire without shouting insults and where civil disagreement doesn't exclude from participation is no small achievement in these times.

This year's Oktoberfest has been called off today for pandemic reasons, so at this late hour it's a cup of tea instead raised in your honor in München.


At 5/03/2021 05:08:00 PM, Blogger Hambone said...

@Old Blank and Thrashers - Mine's an ale called Good Old Boy (caramel malted barley 4%) made a few miles away by the local West Berkshire brewery where, thanks to the owners, I am a smallscale shareholder. Current dividend - a dozen free bottles a month delivered to the door. Homegrown's alright with me.


At 5/03/2021 05:55:00 PM, Blogger Kevin D. said...

Happy 25th anniversary Thrasher.

I have been an avid reader, fan of your blog and occasional poster over the years and remember the time you questioned your own work here because of negative posters. I am glad you were able to get past that hiccup and kept blogging in the free world.

Here is to another 25 years.

Cheers Kevin D. in Morro Bay

At 5/03/2021 06:03:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

I raise a glass of Nuun electrolyte drink as I pedal down the road to happy destiny and the hills ahead.

At 5/03/2021 06:03:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Happy 25th, Thrasher! Thank you for fusing it in the sun!

At 5/03/2021 06:09:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Happy 25th, Thrasher! Thank you for fusing it in the sun!

At 5/03/2021 06:14:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

This is my only stop these days. Thrasher, great work and I always look forward to reading comments from all these people!

At 5/03/2021 06:38:00 PM, Blogger rolandthompsongunner said...

Happy 25th anniversary, Thrasher. Hard to believe it's been five years since your 20th!!

Agree with all the other comments here. There aren't many sites that I frequent
... and this is the ONLY one I check daily.

You rise above all the negativity and ugly cynicism of other blogs and websites.

Through the dark days of 2020 (and when things were weird during the Living with War era) you've been a shining beacon of light. If you ever doubt yourself, don't. Your efforts help sustain us.

Peace and love. Here's to sharing live music (safely) in the future. I hope you do truly keep blogging until the power runs out.

At 5/04/2021 05:51:00 AM, Blogger Phil said...

Happy 25th !!!, Thrasher.
You are doing a great job for many years... I think you are maybe my oldest link in my bookmarks :-)
I enjoy each day this forum and the shared news and opinions.
Keep on blogging in the free world !!!
Phil, from Belgium.

At 5/04/2021 07:58:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

A fine Silver Anniversary to you Thrasher and Thrashette.
Your site is tops in the Neilfandom world. Always a pleasure
to encounter new friends and good information here. I know it's
your passion and we're the beneficiaries of it!

Keep on trucking Thrasher. Rock the Free World!

At 5/04/2021 07:59:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Sorry T, forgot to sign that last one!

At 5/04/2021 08:15:00 AM, Blogger Peacelover Doc said...

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At 5/04/2021 10:03:00 AM, Blogger Paul Dionne said...

Congrats to you Thrasher for hangin' on and being there, for the ordinary people!

paul dionne

At 5/04/2021 10:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A quarter of a century! That's quite a thrash! Thanks for everything.

At 5/04/2021 10:24:00 AM, Blogger NYBD11-12 said...

Dear Thrasher and Thrasherette: Congratulations on you 25th anniversary! Thanks for the tremendous effort you put into Thrashers Wheat -- it is the go to place for all neil news.

I hope that the 25th anniversary T has a version that isn't quite so busy as the 20th, with both tie dye and logo. The latter would better publicize TW since it would be easier to read. Thanks again!

Keep on rockin' in the free world! dan w

At 5/04/2021 10:38:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ 21st Century Thrasher's Wheat Supporters - many, many thanks for all of the notes of support!

It is most appreciated.

We can not begin to tell you how excited we are to share here very soon a major announcement in our next chapter of Thrasher's Wheat, as we continue our mission to separate the wheat from the chaff.

In particular @ rolandthompsongunner - "If you ever doubt yourself, don't."

it is these words and thoughts which sustain us and allow us to keep moving onward in our journey & mission. Your efforts help guide and empower us.

"It means so much to us to mean so much to you."

peace and love to all

At 5/04/2021 11:34:00 AM, Blogger Jim Porteous said...

Congratulations! Great site, great folk, great links - long may you run!

At 5/04/2021 11:36:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Dear Thrasher and Thrashette , Happy 25th Anniversary! I frequent your site very often. I agree with all the other comments here. Keep on rocking !!!
Michael, from Giessen ,Germany.
Peace 🙏

At 5/04/2021 12:49:00 PM, Blogger Nobody knows... said...

Hi Thrasher and Thrashette,
What a milestone!
So far, mission accomplished.
This site is the one that I check almost every day in my life. In case I forget, I have the RSS feed in one mailbox, announcement in another and finally the twitter posts :-)

This site is very informative and I learn a lot everyday, though I thought that I was a hard-die fan.

Thank you also to all for the insightful comments provided.
A million times, I was disagreeing with some comments/opinions, and a million times I was agreeing with others.
Each time, I said to myself that one of these days I'm gonna sit down and write a long post to all the good friends I've read on this site.

Happy birthday!

At 5/04/2021 03:32:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you for all you do!! It's so much fun to come to your website and read about Neil. I appreciate your hard work!

Randy aka doc

At 5/04/2021 03:56:00 PM, Blogger Mark Johnson said...

Congratulations! That is huge! I am so glad you have been able to continue to produce and maintain a steady stream of Neil content. Or keep up with it for that matter. You are the only reason I can stay remotely up to date on Neil stuff.

Whenever I get back your way, I owe you a beer. It has been too long!

Mark J in Arizona

At 5/04/2021 04:20:00 PM, Blogger A Visitor said...

Thrasher, also congrats from my side for all you've done in the past. Glad I found you. I will always remember your visit over here. Like others wrote before me - this is the only website I regularly frequent, on an almost daily basis. Hope you keep your spirit up to continue what you're doing.
Greetings from Berlin,

At 5/04/2021 04:30:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Still got the shirt I got in 2016.I wear it a lot.Long may we run,musiclovers...Cees Mostert,the Netherlands.

At 5/04/2021 06:29:00 PM, Blogger Lone Red Rider said...

Thanks for being here! It's been a great ride that I've been on from the start of the Computer Age!

At 5/04/2021 07:04:00 PM, Blogger Rasselas53 said...

Congratulations, Thrasher and Thrashette, on 25 rock and rollin' years from everyone at NYU (new kids on the block!).
What a performance! The applause from all quarters (!) is so well deserved. Keep on rocking for another 25 (at least!).
Best to you both - LAOL

At 5/04/2021 07:24:00 PM, Blogger Aer Stephen said...

25th Anniversary! Worthy of a special shirt. Not a T-shirt. But a Levi Denim Long sleeve type of shirt with a special Thrasher's Wheat rendering on the front pocket, and the back. They come in the light blue, white, and black. It will be more pricey than a T-shirt, for sure, but something to wear and not put in a drawer with all those other so flattering Ts. Don't we all have enough T-shirts? Ordering up front and paying up front can pay for the run.

At 5/04/2021 10:15:00 PM, Blogger Mark from T.O. said...

Kudos on your Silver Jubilee !

Nice...very nice.

At 5/05/2021 04:47:00 AM, Blogger Emma said...

Happy Anniversary ! And many thanks for your excellent blog

At 5/05/2021 10:50:00 AM, Blogger ralfboe said...

Happy 25th anniversary Thrasher! Long May You Run!

At 5/09/2021 04:54:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ 21st Century Thrasher's Wheat Supporters again - so many thanks for notes of support! Very appreciated.

Of course, we're thrilled, delighted and stunned by NYA's message on our 25th celebration:

As you may have seen, this weekend we launched the PREMIERE: Thrasher's Wheat Radio 2.0 Podcast | Hosted by @

"It means so much to us to mean so much to you."

peace and love to all

At 6/10/2021 08:12:00 AM, Blogger john said...

Congratulations Keith and Company! Sun-Ling and I were reminiscing just the other day about 1990's NeilFest birthday celebrations and concerts. Thought of you for sure. Keep on rockin'. -john

At 11/13/2023 09:26:00 PM, Blogger cnustudent said...

I'm currently reading up on "Ohio" by Neil Young for a research paper and I came across this blog. The passion and dedication to this site made me so emotional. I really wish I could donate to support such a positive and loving community. Thank you Thrasher's Wheat!


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