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Anthony Crawford says Neil Young did nothing for me

harvesters_zpscoqzs2ssAnthony Crawford,  veteran singer/songwriter and guitarist a half the duo Sugarcane Jane says Neil Young’s control issues took the fun out of playing with him.

“He’s a fantastic musician,” Crawford says of Young, “but for the most part he’s a hard guy to belly up to. He doesn’t have that many true friends, but that’s his choice. I was a servant to him. That’s probably where I went wrong,” Crawford says in a lengthy interview with NoDepression, a publication about “Roots Music.”

Crawford played with Young back in the 1980’s when he was in the band International Harvesters as well as the Shocking Pinks.

“I started my career late. I gave my career, my life, to Neil Young. Pretty much. That didn’t do anything for me other than make me some temporary really good money,” Crawford says in the interview.  “Something about Neil’s changed. His policies have changed. He’s doing things to me that… I’ve seen him not compromise his art — or following his muse he puts it — for anybody or anything.”

Crawford said in the 80s Neil was still a young guy and it was fun. Years later,  touring in 2007/08/09/10 all over Europe and the United States  it was “all just so controlling and no fun.”

Crawford says: “I was out making these little vignette movies called On the Road with a Rock Star, and so I put them out on my YouTube channel. Very few of them had him in it at all. It was mainly what I do on my time off on the road with a rock star…. Well, he emailed me one day and said, ‘In my circles you’re not very popular for having those blogs,’ as he called it, ‘your rock-star blogs. You should take those down.’ I wrote back and I said, “Wow, coming from the guy that never does anything anybody ever suggests — and you’ve taught me one thing and one thing only, to never compromise your art for anybody — that is surprising to me.”


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Thanks to Andrew at Global Neil Young Professional Society

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