Nevertheless, it got mucho airplay on FM radio and is one of Young's more familiar songs, especially to those who prefer the more gentle singer-songwriting face of his work. For a Neil Young classic, "Old Man" is actually rather straightforward, seeming like an account of the narrator observing an older man and noting the similarities in their lives.
Like many of Young's efforts from the time, it has an acoustic country-folk backbone, embellished by low-key Nashville rock production.
The downcast meditation of the verses is offset by a brighter, more yearning tune in the bridges, the first of which mark the entrance of banjo by James Taylor and steel guitar. Not the most original message, perhaps, but a universal one and economically, effectively expressed in this recording. The line about the narrator being 24 seemed to indicate it was autobiographical, Young then being in mid-twenties, although actually he was a bit older by the time the song got released.
Young's father, Scott Young, has written of how proud he was when he heard the song, believing that Neil had written it about him. He was in for a letdown, for as Young revealed in his liner notes to Decade, he wrote this about the caretaker of his ranch. Other good solo acoustic guitar versions of the song exist on bootlegs of Young from early-'70s concerts, such as Neil Young at the Los Angeles Music Center.
For this reason, he has remained one of the most significant artists of the rock and roll era. Young's next collaborative partner was filmmaker Jim Jarmusch , who asked Young to compose a soundtrack to his black-and-white western film Dead Man.
Young's instrumental soundtrack was improvised while he watched the film alone in a studio. The death of longtime mentor, friend, and producer David Briggs in late prompted Young to reconnect with Crazy Horse the following year for the album and tour Broken Arrow. A Jarmusch-directed concert film and live album of the tour, Year of the Horse , emerged in Festival's sixth annual tour.
In , Young renewed his collaboration with the rock band Phish , sharing the stage at the annual Farm Aid concert and then at Young's Bridge School Benefit, where he joined headliners Phish for renditions of " Helpless " and " I Shall Be Released ".
The decade ended with the release in late of Looking Forward , another reunion with Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Neil Young continued to release new material at a rapid pace through the first decade of the new millennium.
His single "Let's Roll" was a tribute to the victims of the September 11 attacks , and the effective action taken by the passengers and crew on Flight 93 in particular. The songs loosely revolved around the murder of a police officer in a small town in California and its effects on the town's inhabitants. He toured extensively with the Greendale material throughout and , first with a solo, acoustic version in Europe, then with a full-cast stage show in North America, Japan, and Australia.
Young began using biodiesel on the Greendale tour, powering his trucks and tour buses with the fuel. In March , while working on the Prairie Wind album in Nashville , Young was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm.
He was treated successfully with a minimally invasive neuroradiological procedure, performed in a New York hospital on March 29,  but two days afterwards he passed out on a New York street from bleeding from the femoral artery , which radiologists had used to access the aneurysm. During the performance, he debuted a new song, a soft hymn called "When God Made Me". Young's brush with death influenced Prairie Wind ' s themes of retrospection and mortality.
Young's renewed activism manifested itself in the album Living with War , which like the much earlier song " Ohio ", was recorded and released in less than a month as a direct result of current events. While doing errands on a visit to his daughter, Young had seen a newspaper photo of wounded U. Young cried, and immediately got his guitar out and began to write multiple songs at once. Within a few days he had completed work and assembled a band.
He later said he had restrained himself for a long time from writing any protest songs , waiting for someone younger, with a different perspective, but no one seemed to be saying anything. Most of the album's songs rebuked the Bush administration's policy of war by examining its human costs to soldiers, their loved ones, and civilians, but Young also included a few songs on other themes, and an outright protest titled, " Let's Impeach the President ",  in which he stated that Bush had lied to lead the country into war.
Young's lyrics in another song named Illinois Senator Barack Obama , who had not declared any intention to run for president at the time and was widely unexpected to be able to win either the Democratic Party nomination or a general election, as potentially a replacement for Bush. While Young had never been a stranger to eco-friendly lyrics, themes of environmentalist spirituality and activism became increasingly prominent in his work throughout the s and s, especially on Greendale  and Living with War Young remains on the board of directors of Farm Aid , an organization he co-founded with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp in According to its website, it is the longest running concert benefit series in the U.
Each year, Young co-hosts and performs with well-known guest performers who include Dave Matthews and producers who include Evelyn Shriver and Mark Rothbaum , at the Farm Aid annual benefit concerts to raise funds and provide grants to family farms and prevent foreclosures , provide a crisis hotline, and create and promote home grown farm food in the United States.
In , Young revealed his latest project, the production of a hybrid-engine Lincoln called LincVolt. Initial reports suggest the fire might have been triggered by an error in the vehicle's plug-in charging system. Young blamed the fire on human error and said he and his team were committed to rebuilding the car.
A mistake was made. It was not the fault of the car", he said. Jones , of Booker T. Young plays guitar on nine of the album's ten instrumental tracks, alongside Drive-By Truckers , who already had three guitar players, giving some songs on the album a total of five guitar tracks.
Jones contributed guitars on a couple of tracks. Young has been a vocal opponent of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would run from Alberta to Texas. When discussing the environmental impact on the oilsands of Fort McMurray , Alberta, Young asserted that the area now resembles the Japanese city of Hiroshima in the aftermath of the atomic bomb attack of World War II. In , he played four shows in Canada dedicated to the Honor the Treaties  movement, raising money for the Athabasca Chipewyan legal defence fund.
Both received honours from leaders of the Rosebud , Oglala Lakota , Ponca and Omaha nations, and were invested with sacred buffalo robes. Young participated in the Blue Dot Tour, which was organized and fronted by environmental activist David Suzuki , and toured all 10 Canadian provinces alongside other Canadian artists including the Barenaked Ladies , Feist , and Robert Bateman. The intent of Young's participation in this tour was to raise awareness of the environmental damage caused by the exploitation of tar sands.
Young has argued that the amount of CO2 released as a byproduct of tar-sand oil extraction is equivalent to the amount released by the total number of cars in Canada each day. His song, "Who's Going to Stand Up? In addition to directly criticizing members of the oil industry, Young has also focused blame on the actions of the Canadian government for ignoring the environmental impacts of climate change.
In May , it was revealed Young had begun working on a new studio album produced by Daniel Lanois. This was announced by David Crosby, who said that the album "will be a very heartfelt record. I expect it will be a very special record. Although billed as a solo acoustic tour, Young also played some songs on electric guitars, including Old Black.
Young also contributed vocals to the Elton John — Leon Russell album The Union , singing the second stanza on the track "Gone to Shiloh" and providing backing vocals. Playing old songs, as well as new ones from Le Noise , Young performs solo on both electric and acoustic instruments. His performance is a counterpoint to Demme's footage of Young's return to Omemee, Ontario , the small town near Toronto where he grew up, which has now become physically unrecognizable, though he vividly recalls events from his childhood there.
Young said that he had been recording with Crazy Horse, completing one album and working on another. It was Young's first collaboration with Crazy Horse since the Greendale album and tour in and The record is a tribute to unofficial national anthems that jumps from an uncensored version of " This Land Is Your Land " to " Clementine " and includes a version of " God Save the Queen ", which Young grew up singing every day in school in Canada. In , Young toured with Crazy Horse prior to the release of their second album of , Psychedelic Pill , which was released in late October.
For one, he needed to take a break from stage performances for health reasons but continue to generate income. For another, he feared the onset of dementia, considering his father's medical history and his own present condition.
Maslin gives the book a higher than average grade, describing it as frank but quirky and without pathos as it delves into his relationships and his experience in parenting a child with disabilities as well as his artistic and commercial activities and associations. The album A Letter Home was released on April 19, , through Jack White 's record label, and his second memoir, entitled Special Deluxe , was tentatively scheduled for a late release.
Young released his thirty-fifth studio album, Storytone on November 4, The first song released from the album, "Who's Gonna Stand Up? Storytone was followed in by his concept album The Monsanto Years. He created this album in collaboration with Willie Nelson 's sons, Lukas and Micah , and is also backed by Lukas's fellow band members from Promise of the Real.
In October , Young performed at Desert Trip in Indio, California ,   and announced his thirty-seventh studio album, Peace Trail , recorded with drummer Jim Keltner and bass guitarist Paul Bushnell,  which was released that December.
The album features ten songs that Young recorded accompanied by acoustic guitar or piano. On July 4, , Young released the song "Children of Destiny" which would appear on his next album. On December 1, , Young performed live in Omemee, Ontario, Canada, a town he had lived in as a boy. The album is labeled as "Special Release Series, Volume The album is labeled as "Volume 05" in Young's Performance Series. On October 19, , Young released a live version of his song "Campaigner", an excerpt from a forthcoming archival live album titled Songs for Judy , which features solo performances recorded during a November tour with Crazy Horse.
It will be the first release from his new label Shakey Pictures Records. In November , shortly after his home had been destroyed by the California wildfire , Young criticised President Donald Trump 's stance on climate change. In December , Young criticised the promoters of a London show for selecting Barclays Bank as a sponsor.
Young objected to the bank's association with fossil fuels. Young explained that he was trying to rectify the situation by finding a different sponsor. Young revived Crazy Horse for a series of low-profile theater gigs beginning May 1, in Fresno, California.
In April , the band began recording "at least 11 new songs, all written recently" for a new album titled Colorado. On August 19, , Neil Young and Crazy Horse announced the forthcoming release later in August of the new song "Rainbow of Colors", the first single from the forthcoming track studio LP Colorado , Young's first new record with the band in seven years, since 's Psychedelic Pill.
The 10 new songs are ranging from around 3 minutes to over 13 minutes. Colorado is due to be released in October   on Reprise Records. On August 30, , Young unveiled "Milky Way", the first song from Colorado , a love ballad Young had performed several times at concerts over the past few months — both solo acoustic and with Promise of the Real. On May 7, , it was announced that Neil Young would release on June 19, his long lost unreleased album Homegrown , a long-awaited album he described as "the missing link between Harvest , Comes A Time , Old Ways and Harvest Moon ".
On August 4, , Young filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Trump campaign for the use of Young's music at Trump's campaign rallies. Young shared the news via his video for his new song "Lookin' for a Leader" [nb 1] , stating: "I invite the President to play this song at his next rally.
A song about the feelings many of us have about America today, it's part of The Times , an EP coming soon from Reprise Records—my home since As far back as , Young spoke in interviews of his efforts to compile his unreleased material and to remaster his existing catalogue. The collection was eventually titled the Neil Young Archives Series.
The first installment, titled The Archives Vol. Three performances from the Performance Series of the archives were released individually before The Archives Vol. Live at the Fillmore East , a selection of songs from a gig with Crazy Horse , was released in Sugar Mountain — Live at Canterbury House , an early solo performance and, chronologically, the first disc in the performance series, emerged late in In an interview in , Young discussed Toast , an album originally recorded with Crazy Horse in San Francisco in but never released.
No release date currently exists for Toast. The album A Treasure , with live tracks from a —85 tour with the International Harvesters, during a time when he was being sued by Geffen Records, was released in June As of , Neil Young has launched a subscription website and application where all of his music is available to stream in high resolution audio. Young was born in Toronto, Canada and lived there throughout his early life.
After becoming successful, he bought properties in California, United States. He currently holds dual citizenship for Canada and the United States. Young had a home in Malibu, California, which burned to the ground in the Woolsey Fire. Young married his first wife, restaurant owner Susan Acevedo, in December They were together until October , when she filed for divorce. From late to , Young was in a relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress. They met soon afterward and she moved in with him on his ranch in northern California.
They have a son, Zeke, who was born September 8, He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. They married in August  and had two children together, Ben and Amber. Ben has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy,  and Amber has been diagnosed with epilepsy.
Young has been in a relationship with actress and director Daryl Hannah since Young has been widely reported to be the godfather of actress Amber Tamblyn ;  in a interview with Parade , Tamblyn explained that "godfather" was "just a loose term" for Young, Dennis Hopper , and Dean Stockwell , three famous friends of her father , who were always around the house when she was growing up, and who were important influences on her life.
Young is an environmentalist  and outspoken advocate for the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in the benefit concert Farm Aid.
He worked on LincVolt , the conversion of his Lincoln Continental to hybrid electric technology as an environmentalist statement. Young is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.
Young announced in that his application for United States citizenship had been held up because of his use of marijuana, but the issue was resolved and he became a U.
Young was part owner of Lionel, LLC , a company that makes toy trains and model railroad accessories. He was instrumental in the design of the Lionel Legacy control system for model trains,  and remains on the board of directors of Lionel. Young has long held that the digital audio formats in which most people download music are deeply flawed, and do not provide the rich, warm sound of analog recordings. He claims to be acutely aware of the difference, and compares it with taking a shower in tiny ice cubes versus ordinary water.
Pono promised to present songs "as they first sound during studio recording". Alternative plans were later abandoned. In , Rolling Stone listed Young as eighty-third in its ranking of "The Greatest Guitarists of All Time" although in a more recent version of the list, he has been moved up to seventeenth place , describing him as a "restless experimenter They include:.
Young plays Hohner Marine Band harmonicas and is often seen using a harmonica holder [ citation needed ]. Young owns a restored Estey reed organ , serial number , dating from , which he frequently plays in concert. Young owns a glass harmonica which is used in the recording of "I do" on the album Colorado. Young uses various vintage Fender Tweed Deluxe amplifiers. His preferred amplifier for electric guitar is the Fender Deluxe, specifically a Tweed-era model from The Tweed Deluxe is almost always used in conjunction with a lates Magnatone similar to the amplifier used by Lonnie Mack and Buddy Holly.
Young admired the work of the local studio musicians known as Area Code who had recorded there and was interested. Young had a batch of new songs that he had been performing on the road, as seen by the repertoire on Live at Massey Hall , and told Mazer that all he needed was a bassist, drummer, and pedal steel guitarist. Young made the decision to start recording that evening. Since many of the Area Code musicians were typically working on a Saturday night in Nashville, Mazer scrambled to find drummer Kenny Buttrey , bassist Tim Drummond who was just walking down the street , and steel-guitarist Ben Keith.
However, other sources reported that after taping the Johnny Cash Show on the evening of Sunday 7 February, Young invited Ronstadt and Taylor to come back to the studio with him. The three sat on a couch and recorded the background vocals for "Heart of Gold" and "Old Man.
The electric-based songs were recorded in a barn at Young's ranch in California in September. Using a remote recording system, Mazer set up PA speakers in the barn for monitors rather than have the players wear headphones. This resulted in a lot of "leakage" as each microphone picked up sound from other instruments, but Young and Mazer liked the resulting sound.
Young named this band, which would accompany him on his tour in the winter of , The Stray Gators. Mixing was done both at Quadrafonic and at Young's house. During playback at the ranch, Mazer ran the left channel into the PA speakers still in the barn and the right channel into speakers in the house. Young sat outside with Crosby and Nash sitting beside him listening to the mix or Nash and Young were sitting in a rowboat on the lake—see notes.
When asked about the stereo balance, he called out, "More barn. According to a Rolling Stone interview, Young had wanted the album sleeve to biodegrade after the shrink-wrap was broken, but was overruled by the record company on the basis of expense and the possible product loss due to shipping accidents.
Assessments by critics were not overwhelmingly favorable at the time. Rolling Stone ' s John Mendelsohn called the album a disappointing retread of earlier, superior efforts by Young, writing of "the discomfortingly unmistakable resemblance of nearly every song on this album to an earlier Young composition — it's as if he just added a steel guitar and new words to After The Gold Rush.
Anticipation and mindless instant acceptance made for critical overreaction when this came out, but it stands as proof that the genteel Young has his charms, just like the sloppy one. Rhythmically it's a little wooden, and Young is guilty of self-imitation on "Alabama" and pomposity on the unbearable London Symphony Orchestra opus "There's a World.
More recent evaluations of the album have been far more positive: in , Q magazine readers voted Harvest the 64th greatest album of all time. In , and , Chart polled readers to determine the 50 greatest Canadian albums of all time — Harvest placed second in all three polls, losing the top spot to Joni Mitchell 's Blue in , and to Sloan's Twice Removed in the other two years. In , a full three decades removed from its original harsh assessment, Rolling Stone named Harvest the 78th greatest album of all time ,  and 82 in a revised list.
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