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There's a Much Music programme on this Sunday, with some possible Neil content. The description below doesn't mention it, but the TV promo implied that the Rust Never Sleeps tour would be in there.
Sunday, November 23, 8pm ET
See the construction of some of the largest stage shows of our time including the enormous translucent spider which hovered over the stage in David Bowie's Glass Spider and the "TV monster" with ten-arms, each equipped with a different sequence of images made for the Cars.
The December 5th Goldmine has an interview with Neil in it.
Neil on the missing six: "...I'm not gonna put out Hurricane sounding like a piece of shit. That's the way it is."
There's some Crazy Horse stuff, YOTH stuff, Archives information, a lot about the HORDE tour. I haven't read it all yet, but it's Neil. It's a good thing.
From: "Raymond P. Caligiure" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 20:14:12 -0500
Subject: Cool Neil/Lionel train links
A non-Rustie friend, who's a train enthusiast passed along a couple of cool links:
On Monday, November 17, the newspaper Newsday featured Neil Young in a column by Jon Fine called Pushing 30. He had written an earlier column about the Stones releasing lousy albums for twice as long as they released good ones. People had written in complaining about this column asking "Who else has lasted that long, and that well?"
Mr. Fine said "Maybe the best response is Neil Young and Crazy Horse, as evidenced by Jim Jarmusch's new documentary of their 1996 world tour Year of the Horse..."
Fine continues "After seeing and loving Year of the Horse I spent a great stretch of days immersed in Neil's work, with and without Crazy Horse. I ended up realizing the following: Crazy Horse has been a band, off and on, almost as long as I've been alive. The average age of its members must be around 50, at least, but none of them, thankfully, try to hide it."
"And right now they sound better, and rock harder, than they ever have - just see the film, or listen to the similarly titled live double-CD. Neil's new songs deliver too. Those off Crazy Horse's last studio album - Broken Arrow - sound utterly at home next to perennials like Pocohontas and Tonight's the Night."
Not a bad tribute to our man by a generation X'er!
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 1997 20:48:38 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Neil in "Inside Track"
Hey Rusted Railroaders...
Neil is featured in the Fall 1997 issue of Inside Track, the "Official Publication of the Lionel Railroader Club", of which I am a proud member even though I don't have my own model railroad yet.
The article is titled Making Dreams Endure and is centred around the HORDE tour and Neil's involvement in pushing the technological envelope for the development and advancement of model railroading.
There are pictures of Neil, Zeke, & the rest of the HORDE/Lionel travelling group, close-ups of trains, and a picture of the Lionel tent (complete with loitering Rusties!?!).
Definitely worth the subscription fee! I recommend all Rusties subscribe to the Lionel Railroaders Club even if you don't have a train set, because I'm sure we're going to see more and more of Neil's involvement in the Lionel catalogues and newsletters.
Roll on Southern Pacific!
From: Christopher Horn <CHorn@qrs.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 1997 15:38:02 -0800
Subject: SF Chronicle Reviews Bridge Album
The SF Chronicle has reviewed the Bridge School Concerts Volume 1 album. Here is a part of it:
When Neil Young began his all-acoustic rock show on behalf of The Bridge School at Shoreline Amphitheatre 11 years ago, he preceded MTV Unplugged by several years. But acoustic music was never a fad to Young. He has laid aside his electric guitar from time to time throughout his long career. Young brought his well-developed musical instincts to assembling tracks from the first 10 years of these extraordinary concerts, which have become not only the highlight of the annual Bay Area concert schedule but an event of international stature.Good ol' Joel Selvin gives it 4 stars (out of a possible 5) and finishes the review:
Volume 2? Can't wait.Cheers,
A reminder, from Rock on TV:
Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform Like a Hurricane from a 1976 concert at Hammersmith Odeon in London, Big Time from their 1996 appearance at The Gorge in Washington and also the music video for This Town from the Broken Arrow album; Bob Dylan performs My Back Pages from his 30th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden with special guests George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and Neil Young (check local listings!)
The movie Dead Man has finally gone to "sell through". The video will sell soon for $19.99. It will be available on Jan. 6, 1998, in widescreen (letterboxed) and the original pan & scan version. You can now pre-order it through your local video stores.
Shawn McCorkle - Just Riding My LLama
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 12:59:10 -0500
Subject: ATN on PJ's "Happy Birthday" Show
Addicted to Noise's article about the show includes these Neil-related remarks:
The band then unveiled a moody new number that appears to have been heavily inspired by their close association with Neil Young. The wistful Wish List had Vedder wishing he was everything from the star atop a Christmas tree, to an alien, to a neutron bomb, piling up so many wishes that by the end he muttered, "I wish, I wish, I wish I was, I guess I better stop," as the music came to an abrupt halt.and
Vedder took a moment to whip out his cell phone, telling the crowd it was "Neil's birthday," referring to Young. "Hey Neil, it's Ed, we wanna sing 'Happy Birthday' to you.". . . RE*AC*TOR
Britian's New Music Express gives it a 4 (out of 10) and thoroughly slags almost everyone on it with such enlightened quotes as:
"Featuring: Nils Lofgren! Thanks. Do you have a career? Tom Petty! Uhhhh... and Bonnie fing Raitt! Doing 12-bar blues! Aaaarrrghh!"See their page for the full review. It finishes with this quote:
"Spare yourself the bother of having to listen to this, and just write the place a fing cheque. You know it makes sense."Personally, I think the CD is GREAT!
There's a page on CNN's website this morning concerning Neil, the YOTH movie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Elton John. Also check out the video with Neil singing, pretty cool stuff....
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 07:53:21 -0800
Subject: Skynyrd & Neil
In the latest (Nov 97) issue of Mojo there's an excellent article
on Lynyrd Skynyrd. It touches on Sweet Home Alabama and
how much Skynyrd were really big Neil fans, and vice versa. It says
that Neil sent Skynyrd demos of Powderfinger and Captain
Kennedy for them to possibly cover, but nothing ever came of it.
The article is accompanied by some nice photos, including one of them
onstage at Oakland Stadium in 1977, and another of Ronnie Van Zant
with Bill Graham backstage at the same show.
From: Jennie Leith <jennie@MIT.EDU>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 01:33:57 -0500
Subject: Newest Bridge Benefit Photo!
Photographer Steve Babineau's latest fundraiser project to benefit the Bridge School is a new limited edition photo enlargement, autographed by every member of Crazy Horse, entitled Smell the Horse. Details are on HyperRust.
More questions? Please drop me a line!
From: Kaare Bursell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 17:31:16 -0700
Subject: Columbia House lauds NY & CH
I just opened the latest missive from Columbia House and our man is on the cover as he and Crazy Horse are the subject of the Artist Spotlight in this issue. I just have to share the opening and last paragraphs of the piece:
"Neil Young is a rock hero on an epic scale. An original master of both country-rock and rave-up guitar in the '60's, a guiding light to singer-songwriters and punkers alike in the '70's, and the Godfather of Grunge to the alternative bands in the '90's, he embodies the spirit of rock more completely than any other solo artist. When you think about his longevity as a creative force, the songwriting brilliance that refuses to dim, the like-a-hurricane power he generates with Crazy Horse well, even Elvis seems like a flash-in-the-pan by comparison.Hope you enjoy reading it.
"But Neil's greatest achievement has been to stay true to himself. As he sings in Broken Arrow's Big Time: "I'm still living the dream we had, for me it's not over." He means the ideals of the 60's, but his life-long integrity can inspire you no matter what yours are. John Lennon said the dream is over, but Neil has proved him wrong. And his music helps to keep it alive in all of us."
I asked Reprise:
I was wondering if there is any info on what Neil Young is doing next, and if there is anything in store during the begining of 1998.And Ilene from Reprise responded:
Well, Neil was putting together the Bridge School Album and now I believe he's working on the box set. He is also, I hear from good sources, recording a new album for next year. Nothing scheduled yet, but as we hear it... more later...
Now available in Italy is a 500 page book with ALL THE OFFICIALLY RELEASED NEIL YOUNG LYRICS (from Buffalo Springfield to Broken Arrow), with Italian translation included.
The book is named "Neil Young. Tutti i testi con traduzione a fronte." and is published by Giunti Gruppo Editoriale. The authors are Marco Grompi and Davide Sapienza, two Italian rock journalists and writers. The book was approved by Neil Young's management, and was edited by Joel Bernstein (Neil Young's archivist).
The book also features a 32 page critical/chronological intro (in Italian) covering Neil's life & music and a complete discography. The songs in the book are listed in chronological order by the LP release date. There is a section called "Other songs" that includes never printed before lyrics -- like B-sides (Don't Spook The Horse, I'm Going, etc.), 7" records (War Song, etc.) and other rarities such as Pushed Over The End (published on an Italian 12" in 1981), After Berlin (Berlin VHS Video), Dance Dance Dance (Crazy Horse LP) and other stuff.
Let me know if you have questions about it...
Bye, Mr. Grumpy
From: Kurt Braun <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 15:42:40 -0800
Subject: Neil on Much Music
The New Music Show on Much Music and CityTV is celebrating 18 years of existance. It is a three part series and last week was the first. This episode was just the hosts talking about their favourite moments. There were clips from two different Lou Reed interviews helping prove that he is a very hard person to interview. They showed a bit of the interview of Neil in '88. It is the part where he talks about how beer companies should spend their money on something other than advertising.
The second part, whenever they show it, is supposed to be highlights of performances and interviews. The third is from all the big festivals and Live Aid type concerts. I'm sure there will be a lot more Neil and Lou to come.
(Note that the dates on their web site don't seem to match up.)
a.k.a. Kurt Braun
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 11:41:28 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Neil in next month's Goldmine
Just picked up the new issue of Goldmine magazine and in their preview of the next issue it says,
"Original grunge-rocker Neil Young provides Goldmine readers with an update on his career, which has included stints with Buffalo Springfield and CSNY, along with his prolific solo career. Embraced by younger musicians and fans as the father of grunge, Young always has plenty of great insights on rock music past and present."It goes on sale Nov. 21, so keep an eye out for it.
Howdy. You may be aware that I have just published a book called Neil Young, Love to Burn--30 Years of Speaking Out. It's out in the UK, probably in stores in the U.S. soon, and there's a limited edition signed hardcover that can only be got from me, via my Crawdaddy website. The book is about his music, not a bio.
I sent more info to Cinnamon Girl, including a special Rustie offer, good until 12/31/97.
Thanks. Gosh, the show I saw at Irvine this summer was one of my all-time favorites. Anybody got a tape?
I came across a new book called Before The Gold Rush, by Nicholas Jennings. It looks at the rise of the Canadian music scene in the '60s. I didn't buy it, but it has some references to Neil (obviously), as well as to Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, and many others. I read a couple of not-so-favourable reviews about it, describing it as too narrow and superficial, but if anyone's interested in it, it's published by Viking/Penguin.
From: Rolf A.Clements <RClements@fdic.gov>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 18:06:09 -0400
Subject: Neil on the Tube
From the Rock On TV site:
ABC "In Concert"Slowpoke Lover
Tentative show schedule. Check local listings.
Neil Young & Bob Dylan (11/14)
Year of the Horse opens at the Lagoon Theater in Minneapolis on Friday, October 24th. Any non-IRF-bound Twin Cities Rustie feel like organizing a RustFest?
"Moe the Sleaze"
a.k.a. Chuck King
From: Rolf A. Clements <RClements@fdic.gov>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 17:06:11 -0400
Subject: Bridge on MTV
For those unable to attend the IRF and the Bridge shows, here's a little something for ya from Addicted To Noise:
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 15:48:14 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: YOTH on ABC Morning News
Did anyone else see that? This morning at 4:30 am, ABC World News Now did a story on Year of the Horse. I just caught the tail end of it. But they showed clips from the movie and some other stuff. Looked cool on TV, ...can't wait to see it in the theatre!
Long May You Rust
From: Deb OHara <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 97 11:31:53 -0500
Subject: YOTH CD at bargain prices
Anyone who hasn't picked up Year of the Horse yet, BMG has it on sale in their Christmas (can you believe it already!!!) catalog for a mere $6.79.
She rides a Harley-Davidson