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Monday, June 01, 2020

"Grandpa's Interview" - RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse | NYA


"Grandpa died like a hero
fightin' for freedom of silence
tryin' to stop the media
tryin' to be anonymous"

"Grandpa's Interview" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse

via frame from "RETURN TO GREENDALE" | NYA

"That guy who just keeps singing, can't somebody shut him up!" , cries Grandpa.

The song "Grandpa's Interview" from "RETURN TO GREENDALE" film is scheduled to premiere today in Hearse Theater Screen #2 | Neil Young Archives.

Directed by L.A. Johnson and Bernard Shakey, RETURN TO GREENDALE is performed live in Toronto with full cast. A premiere screening of the film RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse was held at Balboa Theater in San Francisco, CA on Jan 28, 2020, where much of the cast and crew attended, as we reported. Each Monday features a chapter from Greendale on NYA.

The song "Grandpa's Interview" recounts the Green Family, who are hounded to tragedy by both the media and the police. After Jed Green is pulled over for a taillight violation while hauling drugs, he panics and shoots a cop. This leads to a media frenzy from the local TV stations clamoring for a comment from the Green family. Grandpa Green shrugs off a TV correspondent but then becomes a victim due to the stress.


"It ain't an honour to be on tv and it ain't a duty either
the only good thing about tv is shows like 'leave it to beaver'
Shows with love and affection like mama used to say
a little mayberry livin' can go a long way"

Larry Cragg as "Grandpa"

Neil writes on NYA:
"When they showed up to interview Grandpa on the porch, they had no idea what was about to happen! The Media had pushed Grandpa too far."
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"Re-Elect Our President"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Photo by thrasher


"You got too many secrets.
Bob Dylan said that.
Somethin' like that."
~
~Neil Young's "Bandit"

via frame from "RETURN TO GREENDALE" | NYA
(More on "Bandit" - RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse | NYA )



"Carmichael was a good cop. Everybody missed him."
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

via frame from "Greendale" | NYA
(More on "Carmichael" - RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse | NYA )



"Are Protesters Terrorists?" - 2003
[Then: "War on Terror" - Now: "War on Germs"]
"Leave The Driving" - RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

via "Return To Greendale" World Premiere | NYA
(More on "Leave The Driving" - RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse | NYA )

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"Devil's Sidewalk"
Neil Young's Greendale (2003)

(More on Going Back to Greendale #4: "Devil's Sidewalk" from Neil Young's RETURN TO GREENDALE | NYA )


Also, see Chapter I: "Falling From Above" from "Greendale" | Neil Young Archives and Chapter II: "Double E" from "Return To Greendale" | Neil Young Archives .



"Everything You're Looking For" - Bandit


Greendale Sign

LEAVING GREENDALE
POP. 25,810






Neil Young writes on "RETURN TO GREENDALE" | NYA:
Greendale, the story of Sun Green coming of age in the world, and seeing all of the threats against the Earth, is one of my favorite films in the Shakey Pictures library. Sun Green was played by one of my daughter Amber’s friends, Sara White. I discovered her at a school play we went to see when Amber was in high school.

Larry Johnson and I shot Greendale on super 8 film cameras. I wlll never forget it. Getting up before dawn and heading to nearby Half Moon Bay from my ranch everyday, driving in Grandpa’s big white eldorado with a cup of coffee, I would meet Larry and we would plan and shoot the day. So many of my friends are in Greendale; Gary Burden as the Captain, Eric Johnson as the Devil, Mazzeo as Earl Green, Sun Green’s dad. Pegi Young as her mom Edith. Larry Johnson was the cop. Erik Markegard was Earth Brown. Erik was the son of my foreman at the ranch, Larry Markegard. Karin Markegard, Erik’s mother, played a part as well.

These folks were all my friends. I will never forget Greendale, one of the biggest highlights of my filming life.

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"Support Our War"
["War on Drugs Terror Germs"]
(i.e., "The Invisible Enemies")
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Greendale at Radio City Music Hall, New York City - March 18, 2004

photo by thrasher



Neil Young in Greendale - Massachusetts 2003
Photo by Brian Babineau
Broken Arrow Issue Number 91, August, 2003

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"Be The Rain"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Greendale @ Radio City Music Hall, New York, March 18, 2004
Photo by thrasher


What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?


"You can make a difference if you really try"
(so be the rain!)

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

NASA Plays Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" Prior to SpaceX Launch



NASA played a clip of Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" just prior to the SpaceX launch yesterday.

This comes after Neil Young's song “Devil’s Sidewalk” was played at a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan before U.S. President Donald Trump visited and spoke last week.



President Donald J. Trump has used Neil Young's song "Rockin' in the Free World" at his campaign rallies also, much to Neil Young's consternation and frustration.



Also, explore the connection between ZUMA and SpaceX on ZUMA Mission: Top Secret Payload Launches on Elon Musk's SpaceX Rocket.



More on what it means to Keep on Rockin' in the Free World (Neil Young lyrics analysis).

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Friday, May 29, 2020

RUST BUCKET VIDEO PREMIERE TODAY: "Cinnamon Girl" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 1990 Rehearsals Video | NYA


"Cinnamon Girl"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Catalyst Club, 1990 via Neil Young Archives

Last year, Neil Young announced a major Archives discovery titled "RUST BUCKET".

Every Friday, another song from the 3 set "RUST BUCKET" concert is being screened on NYA. Today's feature song is "CINNAMON GIRL".



Neil writes:
"The series ‘Way Down in the Rust Bucket’ continues. Three sets and an encore and we are still just ending the first set. We’ll be “Chasing the moonlight”

Another tune coming next Friday beginning set #2 . . . .. ‘Way Down in the Rust Bucket’ will be released on Reprise in the Fall - in DVD, High Res and Vinyl! Also - in a special edition for NYA subscribers."
The complete concert setlist is 20 songs with a running in total of 3 hours. (See Sugar Mtn for more details). The RUST BUCKET tapes have been called "the missing link between Ragged Glory and Weld".


WAY DOWN IN THE RUST BUCKET
via Subscriber News | NYA

As noted earlier, a complete multi-camera video (6 cameras?!) was discovered in the NYA vaults. Produced and Directed by the late LA Johnson, the Neil Young & Crazy Horse concert was filmed on November 11, 1990 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California. (See Sugar Mtn for more details). Consisting of 3 sets, plus encore, the video is titled WAY DOWN IN THE RUST BUCKET.

Here's an update from Audio Engineer John Hanlon on the earlier announced Archives discovery of Neil Young "unearthing" a major 1990 Crazy Horse concert.


Neil Young w/ Engineer John Hanlon
via Mountaintop: Neil Young with Crazy Horse Film

Also, check Comment of the Moment: RUST BUCKET PREMIERE NOW PLAYING: "Country Home" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 1990 WELD Rehearsals | NYA .

Here's a review from Broken Arrow Gig Reviews - 11.13.1990 - The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, California By Rick Zeek, Issue #42, Feb 1991.


Broken Arrow Gig Reviews
- 11.13.1990 - The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, California By Rick Zeek, Issue #42, Feb 1991


"Bite The Bullet"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Catalyst Club, 1990 via Neil Young Archives

(More on TW @ RUST BUCKET PREMIERE TODAY: "Bite The Bullet" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 1990 Rehearsals | NYA )


"Days That Used To Be"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Catalyst Club, 1990 via Neil Young Archives

(More on TW @ RUST BUCKET PREMIERE TODAY: "Days That Used To Be" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 1990 Rehearsals | NYA )


"Love To Burn"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Catalyst Club, 1990 via Neil Young Archives

(More on TW @ RUST BUCKET PREMIERE TODAY: "Love To Burn" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 1990 Rehearsals | NYA )





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"Live Music Is Better", Of Course, But ...


Rare R@D "Live Music Is Better" Bumper Sticker
w/ Hawks & Doves by Neil Young

(via TW Archives)

Well, yes, everyone knows that "Live Music Is Better", of course.

But with lockdowns lifting, when will the music resume? Fireside Sessions not withstanding, live streams are an intimate experience certainly.

Summer is coming and The Horse must be free!

Also, see more on the question of whether Neil Young is proud to be a union man? Also, "Captain Kennedy" & Neil Young's "Hawks & Doves": Which Side Will You Choose?

So, just Keep Calm, No Fear, Shut It Down, and Keep on Rockin'! #BigShift

After all, isn't all about the "Ordinary People of RUST"?

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Going Back to Greendale #5: The Controversy Over Neil Young's Greendale


"Who cares what you believe,
Said the captain amazed,
If you stood in my shoes
Your eyes would be glazed"

~~ "Devil's Sidewalk" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse's "Greendale Tour"

(More on Going Back to Greendale #4: "Devil's Sidewalk" from Neil Young's RETURN TO GREENDALE | NYA )


In anticipation of the premiering of Neil Young's "RETURN TO GREENDALE" film on Hearse Theater | Neil Young Archives, we are going back 17 years to 2003 when the Greendale album and concerts first emerged.

As you will see in our series "Going Back to Greendale", the reaction back in 2003 was literally bewildering for both hard core and casual Neil Young fans.

But history has vindicated the highly experimental Greendale production much to our delight.

Here is a look back the controversy over Neil Young's Greendale in 2003 & 2004 from the TW Archives. enjoy!




A somewhat common criticism of Neil Young's Greendale back in 2003 and 2004 was that some concert goers felt ripped off by the Greendale experience and were not expecting to hear new songs and were just yearning for the encore hits of Crazy Horse.

From Thrasher's Wheat Greendale Commentary page, Coyote wrote back in 2003:
    I saw Neil in Toronto in June and was greatly disappointed by the show.

    Neil played well, but for him to play 100 minutes of unreleased material before playing any of his older material was a total ripoff for more than a hundred bucks. As well, the t-shirts were $40. Last week at Lucinda Williams' show, they sold for $25.

    Although Neil is a great artist, it seems to me its all about self-indulgence and big bucks now.
Wow. As one Rustie said at the time: "Man, talk about harshing my mellow." Well, standby, because this was mild compared to some of the reaction that was still to come.

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"Support Our War"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Greendale at Radio City Music Hall, New York City - March 18, 2004

photo by thrasher


BBC Greendale Review touches off a firestorm of comments

Reviewer Chris Jones wrote on BBC Greendale Review, touching off a firestorm of comments:

    "This opus comes with a wealth of supporting ephemera (DVD; unfeasibly large CD booklet with drawings by hokey Zuma-era artist James Mazzeo; labyrinthine website with maps, lyrics, narration and even falsified photos for goodness' sake).

    Unfortunately it's a smokescreen.

    When you strip away all the merchandising you're faced with a series of desultory, lengthy two-chord strums with nary a tune between them. Crazy Horse, shorn of rhythm guitarist Frank Sampedro, do what they always do: Solidly plod through the material. Yet, where once this served as a bedrock for Neil's stellar guitar wrangling and impassioned voice, it now merely highlights his inability to set fire to the fuse.

    Despite the bullhorns and grungy harp it's barroom rock that should have stayed in the bar."



Feedback on the BBC review was voluminous and passionate. Here is just a small sample of comments on the reaction to BBC's Greendale Review by Chris Jones:

'Greendale' looks set to join the pantheon of great Neil Young records


Neil Young and "Sun Green"
Greendale at Radio City Music Hall, New York City - March 18, 2004
photo by thrasher

    "Greendale has already split critics and fans,' suggests reviewer Chris Jones.

    Well, that isn't quite right ' it's split fans from poor, baffled critics, more like. Neil doesn't make records for critics, or even his fans, he makes records for himself. And therein lies the core of the man's greatness. He is willing and artistically gifted enough to take huge experimental leaps. Sometimes they don't come off, but when they do, he makes music for the ages. It is early days yet, but 'Greendale' looks set to join the pantheon of great Neil Young records ' right up there with 'Everybody knows this is nowhere', 'Ragged Glory', 'Sleeps with Angels' and, yes, critically-maligned fan-favourite 'Trans'.

    Mr Jones comes for quite a bit of stick here. That's a bit unfair. After all he works for the BBC ' how many times is 'Fake Academy' on this week? Lay off the guy, he's only following the corporate model unlike, say, Neil Young. Which brings me to the issue of 'half-baked truisms'. Umm, well, some of them certainly are half-baked ' but whose truisms are they? Neil's? Well, not really. Take the naive anti-corporate ranting of 'Be the Rain' ' that's not Neil ranting ' that's Son Green, a character in a Neil Young song. A pretty fundamental distinction that seems lost on many reviewers. Actually, Neil mentions Son Green's youthful strength of purpose in the supporting ephemera, and reflects sadly on how we lose that passion once we enter adulthood.

    Finally a word on Mr Jones 'supporting ephemera', in which he includes the terrific live DVD ' some ephemera! Would that every album came with a bit of fluff so compelling! "

Nigel Atkinson, Middlesbrough, UK

Song story telling in the Homeric tradition

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Neil Young's Greendale at Radio City Music Hall, New York City - March 18, 2004
photo by thrasher

    "Ultimately this is song story telling in the Homeric tradition and therefore the emphasis is on the lyrics rather than the music.

    Thats not to say that the tunes and motifs aren't quickly memorable. After a couple of listenings the characters and storey seemed to take over and CD becomes a swirl of characters, events and ideas. Who doesn't love Grandpa, cheer on Sun Green or ache with the pathos in Bringing Down Dinner? As others have pointed out, Be The Rain is sung by a young girl transformed via grief and anger into idealism. The reviewer hasn't seperated Neil Young songwriter, Neil Young singer and Sun Green character in his mind hence the cheap shots at Neil's expense. These songs are about narration/acting and shouldn't be judged in the usual way where the singer means his song (But as Neil wrote them he probably does). Its all on an extra level to the norm.

    In my view this is one of only a very few successful attempts at a concept album and, because of its strong cohesive story line possibly the most convincing. It would make a great stage show - but perhaps those in America who've seen the full thing know more about whether Neil has explored this. A modern opera for our times? Finally, its worth considering the impact of Simon Cowell (Pop Stars etc.) and the vogue for unduly agressive reviewing and comment. This is guaranteed to engender anger and controversy with the public(and maybe we're all Chris Jones's dupes in this regard)and is an obvious way for otherwise obscure people to get noticed and climb the fame ladder.

    Maybe we should have just ignored the t*ss*r and got on with enjoying the album!"

Mike Brown

Greendale is boring, the Mountainettes are ruinous


    "I think the reviewer is right on.

    I'm a long-time fan and Greendale is boring, the Mountainettes are ruinous, the ideas are half-baked and the lyrics are atrocious. I don't agree in the least with people saying this is his freshest thing in a decade. I think he has had a superb decade up to now. The more recent albums are dripping with passion, though you may have to possess an appreciation of,shall we say, subtlety, to realize it. Very good review. I appreciate a reviewer with backbone.

    The good thing is that Neil still has potential."

meg,portland,OR

LAST unique musician on earth!

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Neil Young's Greendale at Radio City Music Hall, New York City - March 18, 2004
photo by thrasher

    "I'm all for hippie values and Greendale is the best thing NY has ever done.

    I saw Neil live in July in California and he created an astounding amount of energy at his show. I admit, I gave up on him in the 80s with that crapass lovefest for Ronald Regan and I still secretly hope it was just a strange joke by Neil. But, in the past few years, he's found his way back to something sane...environmental preservation, civil rights and railing at the King and Queen like the Stones used to do. These aren't tired issues. They are our f*#%ing life! I love the raw, demo-style sound of Greendale and the content is something that really needs to be said more than it is. At the show, 'Be The Rain' was filled with energy and created what rock at its best always creates -- Community.

    Long live Neil Young, the only and the LAST unique musician on earth!"

Kurt, San Francisco, CA, USA

Imagine Bob Dylan's most annoying song


"You got too many secrets.
Bob Dylan said that.
Somethin' like that."
~
~Neil Young's "Bandit"

via frame from "RETURN TO GREENDALE" | NYA
(More on "Bandit" - RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse | NYA

    "Don't listen to people who know nothing about music.

    I have studied music for many years and this is a terrible album. The songs consist of three chords played repeatedly no changes or bridges...nothing. Most of the songs are the same chord progressions too, just in different keys. Very simple progressions, I might add. Most are the tonic, third and fifth...bush league. I am a Neil Young fan, and I enjoy his Harvest and Harvest Moon albums very much. But this is a load of crap, and should come with a warning label. I just spent over 80 bucks taking my girl to see him and he came out with this bull sh*t, I don't know how he could do this to his fans! I feel if a performer wants to make a rock opera or musical, that's fine. But he should make it clear, and let us know what he would be doing. I feel tricked and as if Neil doesn't care to tell the public what he is going to do. People go to concerts expecting to hear a couple new songs and mostly hits. This tour is nothing but crappy songs, if you have never heard them imagine Bob Dylan's most annoying song.

    That should paint a clear picture for you."

Austin, California

What other artist would take such a risk?


"Carmichael was a good cop. Everybody missed him."
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

via frame from "Greendale" | NYA
(More on "Carmichael" - RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse | NYA )

    "As a former musician and songwriter, I must say the guitar work and songwriting of Neil Young are both superb on Greendale.

    I saw the stage and crazy horse live show and bought the album/DVD a month later. I mainly could not get the guitar melodies out of my mind from the show. It is true that it takes several listens to allow the songs to really sink in - but like many a reviewer noted - you must give several listens and then you will find yourself having a hard time getting the melodies out of your head.

    The only weak point I found was as follows: the megaphone is effective in the DVD acoustic concert, but not as effective or needed at all on the last two (CD version) songs with Crazy Horse - other than that - this is a fine piece of work. You will never hear this record on any radio station I know of - perhaps that is why the reviewer above (Chris) finds this material so foreign - I humbly submit if for no other reason than the excellent guitar work and unique concept - buy this album. What other artist would take such a risk and make such an investment in such an involved effort?????

    That alone should tell you something!"

Tim, Ohio-USA

Even the mighty Horse sounds like it's had it's knackers removed


"underdeveloped" ... "self-indulgent and silly" ... "hopelessly flawed"
Greendale Review via Sugar Mountain

    "As someone who's sat through Human Highway, I'm no stranger to Young's inability to deal in proper narrative, but this is taking things too far.

    It's simplistic, dull and musically unadventurous.

    Even the mighty Horse sounds like it's had it's knackers removed. I'm also surprised that no-one noticed Postman Pat's hometown is also Greendale. Now, if Neil had turned his attention to telling the tale of a disgruntled local postman harbouring a secret passion for his little black cat, that would have been worth hearing.

    He could have even written a song about Pat's red van to add to all those other great car tunes he's done over the years..."

Mick, Glasgow

He gives the finger to all of the people who just want to hear his hits again


    "My exposure to Greendale began at Neil Young.com the night before I went to the concert. I was intrigued to say the least. I think Neil is at his best when he gives the finger to all of the people who just want to hear his hits again and again. I went to the show with high expectation. When I saw the set I have to admit that I was afraid this show was going to come off like a bad highschool play. All doubts were set aside about 15 seconds in the first song. The crowd (at Merriwether outside of DC) loved it. We knew we were witnessing Neil taking a huge creative chance. And he soared.

    After the show, I wanted to get the CD but hand to wait one agonizing month. I got it this weekend and have been listening to it non-stop. I have played it for all of my friends we are unanimous (normally we can;t agree on anything!) that this is a Neil classic which may only be appreciated once people stop expecting him to redo Harvest for the umpteeth time. This is deep music without being preachy and great storytelling. I think Neil should charge $100 for this CD just to scare away all of the kids who are too shallow to get it."

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Ralph Molina sounds like he's bashing away on upturned biscuit tins


The Devil Breaks Out of Jail @ 666 Main St, Greendale
(More on Going Back to Greendale #4: "Devil's Sidewalk" from Neil Young's RETURN TO GREENDALE | NYA )

    "Sorry but I think Greendale is a very weak album.

    Is this really the Neil Young that gave us 'Thrasher' and 'Look Out For My Love'. The lyrics and concept of these songs just aren't in the same league. Not to mention the awful production, Ralph Molina sounds like he's bashing away on upturned biscuit tins. Neils guitar is just plain dull. I saw two of the accoustic shows in the spring and felt the same about them. I've lived and breathed NY since 1969 and seen him each time he's come to the UK with the highlight being Hammersmith in 1976. I hang on to those moments.

    Give Greendale a few plays then stick it at the back of the collection and get out 'Rust Never Sleeps' and remember the good times."

quiet slipstream, Wolverhampton

Three cheers for the only one left from the 60's still doing it right


Neil Young in Greendale - Massachusetts 2003
Photo by Brian Babineau
Broken Arrow Issue Number 91, August, 2003
Published by Neil Young Appreciation Society

    "I've seen Neil over 20 times and have all his material.

    I have such a passion for his 'classic rock' sound, but enjoy Greendale as much as anyhting I've heard from him. That to me speaks volumes for an artist. To be able to have material stand up to the classics says something about his abilty to create. As Neil as said about the 80's material 'they are paintings on the wall' this is another. three cheers for the only one left from the 60's still doing it right.

    Although Dylan has been good again recently too. I can't imagine you knocking Silver and Gold either Chris??? The man still matters! Neil is number one in my book and will always be. But, I can be judgmental. Broken Arrow was lackluster to me, but this blows it away.

    Keep'em coming Neil!"

Jim, Michigan

Cliched and drippy


Greendale Poster - Japan 2003 Leg via Sugar Mountain

    "Maybe the lyrics strike a chord in America, but to this British ear, they DO sound cliched and drippy, and this from an artist I've always applauded for avoiding both."

Leigh, Birmingham UK

Greendale inspires truth seeking


"Are Protesters Terrorists?" - 2003
[Then: "War on Terror" - Now: "War on Germs"]
"Leave The Driving" - RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

via "Return To Greendale" World Premiere | NYA
(More on "Leave The Driving" - RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse | NYA )

    "Neil is a very poignant social critic and Greendale hits the mark on many of the frustrations the people of the US face today.

    He focuses on the runaway, conservative, bullying media. Greendale inspires truth seeking. Get your news from someone other than CNN or FOX and you might see things as they really are.

    It is about the story and the truth, always has been with Neil, and I hope it always will be."

SRM, San Francisco

A call to arms



    "The album IS a bit plodding but the live acoustic version on the DVD is much better.

    Neil Young is making some very serious points about Bush's America, not just about the environment.The album is a call to arms, and despite the easy dismissal of Neil Young as a 'hippy' by sneering cynics the fact that he still has ideals should be applauded."

Simon, London

Trippy, goofy


    "I think this is Young's strangest (and strongest) album in quite some time.

    For me, it plays better if one forgets the narrative and simply allows the music and images to flow in their surreal stream of consciousness manner. Heard this way, Greendale sounds like an album length version of the songs Last Trip to Tulsa or Ambulance Blues.

    Trippy, goofy, and (I think) quite powerful in the end."

Jerome Langguth- Newport, KY USA "

Last of a dying breed

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"Devil's Sidewalk"
Neil Young's Greendale (2003)


    "I think the album is is great.

    Nice to see Neil Young get his head out of butt and put the passion back in his music. On the album he quotes Lennon and Dylan who are the only 2 above him when it comes to song writting.

    Neil Young is the last of a dying breed."

Coxy

An artist at the top of his creativity

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse + Cast & Crew
Greendale at Radio City Music Hall, New York City - March 18, 2004

photo by thrasher


    "Exhilarating, Stunning, Confusing,Courageous, Disturbing, in short an artist at the top of his creativity with a unique perspective on the state of America and human problems. To say that 'He seems to revolve around ecological issues' is arrogantly dismissive! Young does not allways hit the spot but please ignore this review as this is(live at least)pretty close to his finest hour! If like this reviewer musically your tastes extend to more instant gratification then I recommend ABBA's Greatest Hits wholeheartedly."

Neal Atherton BLACKBURN

Greendale Sign

LEAVING GREENDALE
POP. 25,810


"Everything You're Looking For" - Bandit





Read more on an artist who challenges his audience, Greendale commentary and reviews.

"You can make a difference if you really try." - Be The Rain


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Monday, May 25, 2020

"Bandit" - RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse | NYA


"You got too many secrets.
Bob Dylan said that.
Somethin' like that."
~
~Neil Young's "Bandit"

via frame from "RETURN TO GREENDALE" | NYA

The solo acoustic song "Bandit" is a riveting moment of pure Neil Young, tinged with lost dreams and a highlight -- for many -- of the Greendale set.

The song "Bandit" from "RETURN TO GREENDALE" film is scheduled to premiere today in Hearse Theater Screen #2 | Neil Young Archives.

Directed by L.A. Johnson and Bernard Shakey, RETURN TO GREENDALE is performed live in Toronto with full cast. A premiere screening of the film RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse was held at Balboa Theater in San Francisco, CA on Jan 28, 2020, where much of the cast and crew attended, as we reported. Each Monday features a chapter from Greendale on NYA.


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via frame from " RETURN TO GREENDALE" | NYAL

Neil Young writes on "RETURN TO GREENDALE" | NYA:
The Return To Greendale series continues . . . . . this chapter focusing on Sun Green’s dad Earl Green, the great psychedelic artist no one has ever heard about.

Earl Green is played by MAZZEO. The devil’s in the details.
(More on "The devil’s in the details" @ "Devil's Sidewalk" from Neil Young's RETURN TO GREENDALE | NYA . Also, see the question in this recent tweet about "The devil’s in the details" and Trump suggesting a connection between Neil Young's song “Devil’s Sidewalk” and "The Invisible Enemy.)



Back in 2004, we revealed that artist Jim Mazzeo was the subject of Neil's Greendale song "Bandit" according to a Metroactive newspaper article by Rebecca Patt.


Alexey Butirskiy, Jim Mazzeo and Neil Young by Gabreal Franklin
Greendale Artist Jim Mazzeo is "The Bandit"

The lyrics: "You're hard to reach, no one can reach you, but I can reach you" apparently refer to Mazzeo's relationship with Young.

    "And he can reach me, 'cause he's like my best friend, and he knows he can," says Mazzeo.


Mazzeo also worked on over 140 pen-and-ink illustrations for the book of Greendale. In the interview Mazzeo said:
    "In the back, there is a really nice supplement all about me and my artwork and my biography, which is really going to be a feather in my cap when it comes out."


"Earl Green" (James "Bandit" Mazzeo)
via frame from "RETURN TO GREENDALE" | NYA

Jim Mazzeo is well known for the cover art for the album "Zuma", as well as, the Greendale artwork for the album and tour backdrop projections.

"Deju Blue"
w/ James "Bandit" Mazzeo, ZUMA & Greendale Album Cover Artist - 2015

Remembering The Warmth & Love of Bridge School Concerts


"Carmichael was a good cop. Everybody missed him."
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

via frame from "Greendale" | NYA
(More on "Carmichael" - RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse | NYA )



"Are Protesters Terrorists?" - 2003
[Then: "War on Terror" - Now: "War on Germs"]
"Leave The Driving" - RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

via "Return To Greendale" World Premiere | NYA
(More on "Leave The Driving" - RETURN TO GREENDALE by Neil Young & Crazy Horse | NYA )

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"Devil's Sidewalk"
Neil Young's Greendale (2003)

(More on Going Back to Greendale #4: "Devil's Sidewalk" from Neil Young's RETURN TO GREENDALE | NYA )


Also, see Chapter I: "Falling From Above" from "Greendale" | Neil Young Archives and Chapter II: "Double E" from "Return To Greendale" | Neil Young Archives .



"Everything You're Looking For" - Bandit


Greendale Sign

LEAVING GREENDALE
POP. 25,810






Neil Young writes on "RETURN TO GREENDALE" | NYA:
Greendale, the story of Sun Green coming of age in the world, and seeing all of the threats against the Earth, is one of my favorite films in the Shakey Pictures library. Sun Green was played by one of my daughter Amber’s friends, Sara White. I discovered her at a school play we went to see when Amber was in high school.

Larry Johnson and I shot Greendale on super 8 film cameras. I wlll never forget it. Getting up before dawn and heading to nearby Half Moon Bay from my ranch everyday, driving in Grandpa’s big white eldorado with a cup of coffee, I would meet Larry and we would plan and shoot the day. So many of my friends are in Greendale; Gary Burden as the Captain, Eric Johnson as the Devil, Mazzeo as Earl Green, Sun Green’s dad. Pegi Young as her mom Edith. Larry Johnson was the cop. Erik Markegard was Earth Brown. Erik was the son of my foreman at the ranch, Larry Markegard. Karin Markegard, Erik’s mother, played a part as well.

These folks were all my friends. I will never forget Greendale, one of the biggest highlights of my filming life.

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"Support Our War"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Greendale at Radio City Music Hall, New York City - March 18, 2004

photo by thrasher



Neil Young in Greendale - Massachusetts 2003
Photo by Brian Babineau
Broken Arrow Issue Number 91, August, 2003


w/ Artist James Mazzeo
Bridge 2011 - International Rust Festival
On The Beach in Santa Cruz, CA
(note TW Anniversary Button on Mazz's left lapel -
Button Design and Production by Rusties Geoff, Dee & Tim A. Thanks!)

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John Lennon and Neil Young


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The Supergroup of the 20th Century



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

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Revisiting The Significance of
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Neil Young's Feedback:
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Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years
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Joni Mitchell & Neil Young

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Bob and Neil

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So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?


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


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Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World



Sing Truth to Power!
When Neil Young Speaks Truth To Power,
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"Powderfinger"
What does the song mean?

Random Neil Young Link of the Moment
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Bonnie Raitt and Neil Young

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UNITED WE STAND/DIVIDED WE FALL


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Class War:
They Started It and We'll Finish It...
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A battle raged on the open page...
No Fear, No Surrender. Courage
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"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"
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"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

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Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize



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"Thinking about what a friend had said,
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We're All On
A Journey Through the Past

Neil Young's Moon Songs
Tell Us The F'n TRUTH
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Freedom:
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"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
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"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
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... and symbolism will be their downfall...

Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
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This Machine Kills Fascists


"Children of Destiny" - THE Part of THE Solution

(Frame from Official Music Video)

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yet we are
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"greed is NOT good"
Hey Big Brother!
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Civic Duty Is Not Terrorism

The Achilles Heel
#NullifyNSA
Orwell (and Grandpa) Was Right
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The Essence of "The Doubters"



Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky


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

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Show Me A Sign


Words

(Between the lines of age)


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

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Namaste