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Americana – liner notes discussion

insert booklet liner notas (corrected):

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Americana

The photograph of Geronimo driving a car on the last page of the April 2004 issue of American History was actually taken on June 11, 1905, at the Miller brothers’ 101 Ranch, located southwest of Ponca City, OK. The car is a Locomobile, and the Indian in full headdress to Geronimo’s left is Edward Le Clair Sr., a Ponca Indian. Geronimo so admired Le Clair’s beaded vest that it was presented to him later in the day. When Geronimo died in 1909, he was buried in the vest.

The photograph was taken during a special 101 Ranch show for the U.S. press. Thousands of newspaper editors and reporters flocked to it. Artist Tom Wilkes impressed modern photographs of Neil Young, Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot and Poncho Sampedro over the faces in the original photograph in 1975 for an album cover. Never used as a cover at that time, the art was rescued from a 2010 warehouse fire, and now has been used to create the Americana cover.

Full Americana liner notes with the lyrics to the traditional songs now by Warner WBR [.pdf]

Crazy Horse did not like white men because they encroached upon his beloved wide-open prairie. He
detested their developments that chased away the buffalo his people depended on for food and clothing.

When the cold came roaring down the Plains, the buffalo faced those raging winds with its head into the white storm, as if it were cleaning itself from hardship and discomfort. Those were the same winds blowing against Crazy Horse’s face as the footprints of white men stamped more and more across the land.

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2 Responses to “Americana – liner notes discussion”

  • Johnny Data says:

    This post has been beneficial. I will be doing a high school project about this exact topic. Thank you.

  • bnbrainer says:

    we are all so proud about your doing a 9/8 highschool project 7/8 “Don’t tell me Neil used your home movies to plug “Americana” — if you would do a highschool project about all this, it would be really cool, but you just spam happily away. Take it, Neil Young is a Canadian, so much more in liberty than the Tea Party, although he might do otherwise.

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