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Monday, June 28, 2021

Pete Long: 1950 - 2021

Pete Long with his partner, Caroline, in 1989

Pete Long, author of Ghosts on the Road -- the definitive published guide to Neil Young concerts, has passed away.

Ghosts on the Road by Pete Long

From Guardian News obituary by John Soane: (thanks Mark J.)

Pete chose a typically idiosyncratic approach to analysing – and appreciating – music. This was particularly evident in his self-published book, Ghosts on the Road (2007), in which, through meticulous research, he documented every live Neil Young performance from 1961 to 2006 – the venues played, songs performed and accompanying musicians – to create a unique perspective on Neil’s life and work.

Having established himself as an expert on all things Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Pete developed a great relationship and friendship with the photographer and musician Joel Bernstein. This led to Pete becoming part of the team Neil surrounded himself with for his archive releases. He also worked with Joel on Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young projects, including the 1974 concert series box set, receiving a Grammy nomination in the process. Graham Nash looked to them similarly on his solo reissue releases.

Pete Long ... gone but not forgotten ... 

Also, see Neil Young Appreciation Society's Broken Arrow Search Results (via Sugar Mountain) for Pete Long's huge contributions to The Society & BA. 

Book Excerpts - Pete Long - Ghosts on the Road Reviewed By Tim Burgin
Neil Young Appreciation Society's Broken Arrow
710Photographs - Neil Onstage Hammersmith Odeon 1976 By Pete Long
720Back Cover - Neil Onstage Hammersmith Odeon 1976 By Pete Long
178Book Review - CSN The Authorised Biography - Dave Zimmer & Henry Diltz - Review By Pete Long
181Front Cover - Hammersmith Odeon 1976 By Pete Long
1828Back Cover - Hammersmith Odeon 1976 By Pete Long
2413Photographs - 1980 Bread & Roses Festival, Greek Theatre, UC Berkeley By Pete Long
251Front Cover - Hammersmith Odeon 1976 By Pete Long
3036Back Cover - Neil Young And Ann Hillary O'Brien, Bread & Roses Festival 1980 Via Pete Long
377Album Reviews - Freedom By Pete Long
4719CSN - A Brief History - 1967 - 1970 By Pete Long
4720CSN - Box Set - Review By Pete Long
5149Buffalo Springfield CSNY - Complete Listing - Releases On Atlantic Records 1967-1978 - Update By Pete Long
6026The Ducks - 1977 Gig Dates Update By Pete Long
6245Book Excerpts - Pete Long - Ghosts on the Road Reviewed By Tim Burgin
961Front Cover - 1973 Location Unknown - Supplied By Pete Long
962Inside Front - Location Unknown - Supplied By Pete Long
967Time Fades Away - Introduction By Pete Long
967Time Fades Away - Retrospective By Pete Long
9611Time Fades Away - The Tour By Pete Long
9620Time Fades Away - Critics' Reviews By Pete Long
9626Time Fades Away - Album Review By Pete Long
9632Time Fades Away - Album Review - Press Cuttings By Pete Long
9635Time Fades Away - Tour Epilogue By Pete Long
9670Inside Back Cover - Time Fades Away Collage By Pete Long
10720Book Review - Pete Long's 'Ghosts On The Road' - Revised, Updated, Expanded
11368Live At Canterbury House 1968 NYAPS00 - Review By Pete Long
1205Ben Keith 1937 - 2010 - An Appreciation By Pete Long
12018Ben Keith - A Selected Discography By Pete Long
12474Old Ways Saga - Comment And Update By Pete Long
12855Album Reviews - Psychedelic Pill - By Pete Long  


Thank you again Pete for your invaluable contributions which have made the The Society, BA and rusties around the world so much richer for your dedication and devotion to the subject.

Long May You Run, our friend!

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At 6/29/2021 09:03:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

Essential books for fans - RIP

At 6/29/2021 02:51:00 PM, Blogger Kevin D. said...

What sad news – for me Ghosts On The Road is not only essential but without it listening and following Neil just wouldn’t be the same. I purchased the first edition in a local book store in Chicago back in 1996, I then purchased the second edition ordering in Hardback thanks to information posted here at Thrasher Wheat.

What Pete’s book does for more is provide context to Neil’s recordings as I listen to them. Obviously not so much new releases but the recent and welcomed torrent of archive releases. For me there is nothing better than playing the likes of Way Down In The Rust Bucket on your favorite player, your favorite brew on the side and Ghosts Of The Road opened at page 273. It is the chapters (years) opening text that sets the tone of the year or the tour details to follow.

The work Pete put into this is just astounding and follows other equally dedicated and interested Rustles, such as the now gone but not forgotten NYAS folks, Tom Hambleton's incredible site Sugar Mountain, the recent work of Robert Broadfoot encapsulated by his equally essential The Unofficial Archive - UPDATE Vers. 5.2 and lastly but by no means least Thrasher’s great work here on this blog.

So thank you Pete and rest in peace knowing your work still lives and breathes.

Kevin D. in Morro Bay

At 6/29/2021 04:32:00 PM, Blogger Minke said...

Just read a few of Pete Long's pieces. Well-Informed, stylishly written. A wonderful example is his article on the Time Fades Away tour, which was a key moment in NY's evolution. Great journalism.

At 6/29/2021 05:54:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Kevin - really gratifying to see these comments on Pete's work and it being recognized as the labor of love that it is.

As you mention, the archives on Sugar Mtn of NYAS's Broken Arrow is essential for the devotee.

Really can't beleive how many article Pete submitted to NYAS?! Astounding the level of detailed research. So thankful to Tom & SM for indexing all of Pete's work in BA.

@ Minke - so many great articles. Thanks for highlighting TFA article. We can recall before The Internet having little sticky notes in our BA pages to articles such as Pete's.

ahhh, the joys of hard copy.

last of a dying breed...


At 6/30/2021 09:21:00 PM, Blogger Lone Red Rider said...

Such a kind soul was Pete.


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