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  • RARE: Neil Young....on Kurt Cobain suicide / Sleeps With Angels

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    Very rare commentary from Neil Young, talking about Kurt Cobain (this brief interview snippet was taken from the Cameron Crowe Pearl Jam documentary).

    The song that follows is Sleeps With Angels, from the 1994 Bridge Concert, with Crazy Horse.

    Kurt, RIP.

    From New Musical Express article "Reflective Glory" (07/15/95) by Steve Sutherland & Kevin Cummins on recording "Mirror Ball" (Neil Young and Pearl Jam collaboration) in the aftermath of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain's suicide and the contradictory forces of life and death: On "Mirror Ball", though, the natural incompatibility of these forces has been raised into shocking relief by one disciple choosing an unfeasibly extreme interpretation of Young's message when Kurt Cobain quoted, "It's Better to burn out, than to fade away." In his suicide note, citing Young's lyric as artistic justification for ending his inconsolable anguish, Young was shaken to the bone. Always an advocate of allowing the listener his or her own individual path through a record, he was so devastated by Cobain's personal reaction to a song that was basically written as a celebration of Punk that he was impelled to record the 'Sleeps With Angels' album in lament."

    The NME article continues and observes: "Perversely, it is testament to Young's emotive power that Cobain should choose his words as an epitaph, but it is something Young still visibly shudders from. Once a song is out there on the radio, he reasons, it's not anyone's responsibility anymore. 'It's the machine and the fuel. It's over now. I'm not behind the wheel at all. It's gone. It's over.' As for Cobain, he mutters: 'I don't wanna talk about that. I just don't know what to say. Obviously his interpretation should not be taken to mean there's only two ways to go and one of them is death.' He laughs a cold, dry laugh. It's rumoured that Young was trying to contact Cobain at the time of his suicide, that he somehow foresaw the tragedy coming. 'I don't wanna talk about it," says Young. 'I really don't because I respect the fact that he's a guy who did what he did and, y'know, he did what he had to do and I don't wanna get any ...' He falters and recomposes himself behind alarming blue shades. 'I prefer to not be involved at all. I certainly don't wanna take advantage of talking about something like that for the interest of somebody else I've never met and selling myself in paper in the process. I'd rather you just left it out. It's just distasteful to me.' "

    During Neil Young's induction speech into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on January 13, 1995, Young choked up and concluded by thanking Cobain for "all of the inspiration".

    It has been debated as to whether Kurt Cobain or Neil Young is the Godfather of Grunge? Cobain's demise has only added to Nirvana's musical legacy and influence. Yet Young has strenuously avoided any such labeling, preferring to be called "Don Grungio" instead.i

    From a Neil Young interview in MOJO Magazine with Nick Kent: Q. Sleeps With Angels seems deeply haunted by the spectre of Kurt Cobain and his sad end... A. Sleeps With Angels has a lot of overtones to it, from different situations that were described in it. A lot of sad scenes (pause), I've never really spoken about why I made that album. I don't want to start now. Q. Has it anything to do with the similarity of Kurt Cobain's death to Crazy Horse Danny Whitten's death in 1972? They both looked so much alike... A. I just don't want to talk about that. That's my decision. I've made a choice not to talk about it and I'm sticking to it. [Also see, Danny Whitten and Kurt Cobain: Tragic Similarities] Q. Let's not discuss Cobain's death then. But what about his life? Did his music inspire you? A. He really, really inspired me. He was so great. Wonderful. One of the best, but more than that. Kurt was one of the absolute best of all time for me. Q. "Scenery" on Mirror Ball (recorded with Pearl Jam) seems equally haunted by Cobain's doomed image. It's like there's OJ Simpson on one side and Kurt Cobain on the other: two very different victims of celebrity madness? A. Well, the problems with celebrity and rock'n'roll start with the fact that nowadays it gets way too big too fast. Back in the '50s and '60s, rock'n'roll was 'big' but it was only 'big' to people who cared about it. Now it's big to people who don't care about it. So they can't begin to understand it. They just make ill-informed judgements on performers without first comprehending why or what it was that made the person famous in the first place. In the '60s there was a bond between the artists and the audience. It's harder to see now because so much these days is simply down to image projection. But today's pessimistic bands have a vision and an attitude that's unified their generation just like the 'peace and love' groups helped unify the '60s generation. Show less
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  • Music Documentaries - Stories behind the musicians & songs.... Play all

    The nitty-gritty behind some of the most iconic singers, musicians and bands of all-time.

    According to this blog, here's the 25 greatest Rock Documentaries of All Time: A True Testimonial – The MC5: “This amazing story of the MC5 includes concert footage taken by…The FBI – such was the perceived threat of rock n roll to the establishment in 1960’s Detroit… Possibly the greatest Rock Documentary ever made.” The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter [DVD]: “The documentary-maker’s perfect storm: An historic band at an historic moment. See Jagger and co watch freeze-framed images of Meredith Hunter being stabbed by a Hells Angel…” The Fearless Freaks – The Flaming Lips: “We see Steven Drozd preparing a heroin fix, and fall into a daze. We also learn of the crazy career of The Flaming Lips. Oil City Confidential – Dr Feelgood: “One of those documentaries that is good whether you know Dr Feelgood or not. The combination of Wilko Johnson with a career high from film-maker Julien Temple (see also The Filth and The Fury and The Future Is Unwritten) makes for a truly memorable experience.”

    Beyond The Lighted Stage – Rush: “A film that does absolute justice to this great once-kimono-wearing rock band”

    Bob Dylan – Don’t Look Back – D.A Pennebaker : “D.A Pennebaker followed Dylan on his UK Tour in 1965. This ground breaking film was the fascinating result. Watch Dylan deal with the press in his own inimitable way…”

    The Beatles Anthology: “The greatest story of rock history is lavishly covered in this box-set over eight discs, with the co-operation of The Beatles themselves. It’s therefore an “official” version of events, but extraordinary nevertheless.”

    Jimi Hendrix [1973]: “Made in 1973, this is a good film that attempted to cover the story of Jimi’s life. It is a story worth telling and this is the best document there is.”
    Live Forever: “Highly entertaining overview of Britpop made memorable by Noel Gallagher‘s wit throughout.”

    The Beatles – Let it Be: “The film they don’t want you to see…? Another historic band at an historic moment. In hindsight we are watching the break up of the Beatles. McCartney and Harrison argue, Billy Preston comes in to put everyone on their best behaviour and the roof-top performance caps things off. Surely a DVD release will happen one day?”

    Dig! – The Dandy Warhols: “A curious tale of how two contemporaries’ careers took different turns. The Dandy Warhols found success, The Brian Jonestown Massacre found obscurity. The film shows why…”

    The Last Waltz – The Band: “This is a beautifully made film and features a stellar guest list: The Band, Dylan, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young… Great stuff.”

    David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: “Whilst Alan Yentob’s Cracked Actor shows a fascinating picture of Bowie, this is the definitive live performance when Ziggy played guitar, and then announced his retirement onstage. Much, it should be said, to the surprise of his band.”

    The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town Documentary – Bruce Springsteen: “A terrific and fascinating look at one of the most interesting periods of Springsteen’s life: the making of a record that didn’t see the light of day for 35 years”. See my post on Bruce Springsteen here…

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Runnin’ Down a Dream – A Film by Peter Bogdanovich: “Tom Petty’s story: bankruptcy, band dissent – all over four hours. Superb.”

    Led Zeppelin: “Not a documentary, but forget The Song Remains The Same: this is the definitive document of Led Zeppelin.

    No Direction Home (Bob Dylan): “Dylan’s life story is worth telling and here we have a great storyteller in Martin Scorsese. The first part might drag a little unless you love clips of old folk artists….”

    It Might Get Loud – Jack White, Jimmy Page, The Edge: “Interesting because it brings together three very different guitar players and examines what makes them special… Nice to see the grin appear on Jack White’s face when Page plays Whole Lotta Love…”
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  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - From the Beginning Play all

    "If I had ever been here before on another time around the wheel
    I would probably know just how to deal
    With all of you
    And I feel
    Like I've been here before
    Like I've been here before
    And you know it makes me wonder
    What's going on under the ground, hmmm
    Do you know? Don't you wonder?" - DEJA VU, David Crosby

    A sampling of CSN and CSNY studio and live music from the beginning to the present.
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  • Amazing Neil Young Play all

    "Will I see you give
    more than I can take?
    Will I only harvest some?
    As the days fly past
    will we lose our grasp
    Or fuse it in the sun?" - Harvest, Neil Young

    Neil Young, in all his ragged glory.....
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  • Fillmore East - A Musical Archive Play all

    Maybe the greatest concert venue that ever existed - well, to me anyways. Here's some random bands that once graced its formidable stage.

    From wiki:

    Fillmore East was rock promoter Bill Graham's rock venue on Second Avenue near East 6th Street in the (at the time) Lower East Side neighborhood, now called the East Village neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan of New York City. It was open from March 8, 1968 to June 27, 1971 and featured some of the biggest acts in rock music at the time. The Fillmore East was a companion to Graham's Fillmore Auditorium, and its successor, the Fillmore West, in San Francisco, Graham's home base.

    The venue provided Graham with an East Coast counterpart to his existing Fillmore in San Francisco, California.[3] Opening on March 8, 1968, the Fillmore East quickly became known as "The Church of Rock and Roll," with two-show, triple-bill concerts several nights a week. Graham would regularly alternate acts between the East and West Coast venues. Until early 1971, bands were booked to play two shows per night, at 8 pm and 11 pm, on both Friday and Saturday nights.

    Among the notable acts to play the Fillmore East was Jimi Hendrix. His album Band of Gypsys was recorded live on New Year's Day 1970. The Kinks played October 17th and 18th, 1969, supported by the Bonzo Dog Band. John Lennon and Yoko Ono sat in with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention at the theater on June 6, 1971. The Allman Brothers Band played so many shows at Fillmore East that they were sometimes called "Bill Graham's House Band"; additionally, the Grateful Dead played a total of 43 concerts at the theater from June 1968 through April 1971. Jefferson Airplane performed six shows and Taj Mahal played eight shows at the venue, while Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young did four shows in September 1969 and six performances in June 1970.[4][5] Led Zeppelin made four appearances in early 1969, opening for Iron Butterfly. Amateur film footage of their January 31 performance can be viewed at the Led Zeppelin website.[6]

    The Joshua Light Show, headed by Joshua White, was an integral part of many performances, with its psychedelic art lighting on a backdrop behind many live bands.[7] From the summer of 1970, Thereafter, the Pig Light Show became the house light show under the direction of Marc L. Rubinstein, trading duties until the venue's closing in 1971 with Joe's Lights, made up of former members of the Joshua Light Show.

    National Educational Television taped a show on September 23, 1970 for broadcast. It featured The Byrds, Elvin Bishop Group, Albert King, Sha Na Na, Van Morrison and Joe's Lights. The Allman Brothers were also taped for broadcast but due to technical difficulties, the segment with them was not aired. The show, "Welcome To Fillmore East" was aired on WNET channel 13 in NYC and simulcast on WNEW-FM radio on October 10, 1970 at 10:00 PM in the NYC area. A thirty-minute clip from that show of the Allmans can be seen on YouTube.

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  • PERRO Sessions - Crosby, Garcia, Airplane - 1971 Play all

    "I went walkin' out last summer
    Tryin' to find a breath of air
    I went walkin' on the mountain
    A friend had told me I'd find you there" - Mountain Song, David Crosby

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  • David Crosby - Music Is Love Play all

    Everybody's sayin' that music is love
    Everybody's sayin' it's, you know it is
    Every one yes every one
    Everybody's sayin' music, music is love
    Everybody's sayin' that music is love, everybody's sayin' it's love
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  • Stephen Stills - ....The Many Colored Beasts.... Play all

    "Tearing yourself away from me now
    You are free and I am crying
    This does not mean I don't love you
    I do, that's forever,
    Yes and for always
    I am yours, you are mine
    You are what you are
    You make it hard" - Suite Judy Blue Eyes, Stephen Stills

    Read more: Stephen Stills - Suite: Judy Blue Eyes Lyrics | MetroLyrics Stephen Arthur Stills (born January 3, 1945) is an American guitarist and singer/songwriter best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young). He has performed on a professional level in several other bands as well as maintaining a solo career at the same time. Stills was ranked #28 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 2003 list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".[1] Stills became the first person to be inducted twice on the same night into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with CSN and the Buffalo Springfield.
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  • Graham Nash - ....So I Sing A Simple Song.... Play all

    "Simple Man"

    I am a simple man
    So I sing a simple song
    I never been so much in love
    And never hurt so bad at the same time

    I am a simple man
    And I play a simple tune
    I wish that I could see you once again across the room
    Like the first time

    I just want to hold you, I don't want to hold you down
    I hear what you're saying and you're spinning my head around
    And I can't make it alone

    The ending of the tale
    Is the singing of the song
    Make me proud to be your man only you can make me strong
    Like the last time

    I just want to hold you, I don't want to hold you down
    I hear what you're saying and you're spinning my head around
    And I can't make it alone