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Patti Smith to interview Neil

What Patti Smith and Neil Young won’t be doing at BEA
May 22, 2012 | 10:32am

The nation’s biggest publishing conference, Book Expo America, announced Monday that it had scored a rock ‘n’ roll coup: On its second day, Patti Smith will interview Neil Young on stage. That’s far more rock power than the annual conference, taking place June 5-7 in Manhattan, usually has in-house.

Publishers have come to see that Smith, a legendary rocker since the release of her 1975 album “Horses,” and longtime poet, is a literary asset. Her recent memoir “Just Kids,” in which she wrote of her early years in New York with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe, was a runaway bestseller. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Book Prize, one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 books of 2010, and won the National Book Award for nonfiction.

Maybe some of that literary fortune will rub off on Young, who enters the publishing marketplace with his own memoir “Waging Heavy Peace” in October. The book, publisher Blue Rider Press promises, chronicles his youth in Canada, playing in Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and his years with the band Crazy Horse. It will include, among other things, stories of “the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles.”

The conversation at Book Expo between Smith and Young promises to be a highlight of the conference, for 2012 and over its long history. The two will have a lot to talk about, and who knows, maybe they’ll even hum a few bars.

But no matter what creative sparks fly between them, nothing can compare to the performance above. Despite the low-quality video, the performance of Neil Young’s song “Helpless” is stunning. When Patti Smith comes in, around the 4:29 mark, she is a majestic, commanding force, and her additional lyrics give the song a whole new dimension. Keep watching: she and Neil Young share a mic for the chorus at about 6:40.

The performance was in 1996, at one of Young’s annual Bridge School Benefits. Pearl Jam was also on the bill that year. They won’t, as far as I know, be joining them at BEA.

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Neil was an animal

Neil Young 1980

“Ask ten people to describe Neil Young and you’ll probably get ten different responses. To some, he’s one of the dregs of the ’60s, a purveyor of stale hippie sentiments and, at worst, interchangeable with Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Graham Nash. Others, who have not forgotten (or forgiven) 1972’s Harvest and its attendant hit single, “Heart of Gold: charge him with responsibility for the touchy-feelie narcissism of the singer-songwriter boom.” [Trouser Press]

resurfacing article on reposted by opa.  |.PDF article| Neil Young’s Golden Decade – A Man for all seasons – Neil Young’s diamond’s and rust]

Thanks to Trouser Press in the 1980ies.

If the authors:

By Jon Young
Research by David Koepp

can listen and see this, please contact us. Brilliant article!

Daniel Lanois discusses Neil Young’s Le Noise

Daniel Lanois on Le Noise CBC

PHOTO (Design by Heather Collett/CBC Music)

Mark Wigmore writes: “Thought you would be interested in our recent interview with Daniel Lanois about Neil Young. It was released today.  CBC RADIO 2 host Rich Terfry speaks with Daniel Lanois about Neil Young and “Le Noise” :

Yes, we are interested in this short and strong interview: “Neil Young is a Canadian trailblazer! I handed him my beautiful Guild acoustic… ”

Lanois not only discusses Neil Young, but also his motor cycle accident and his life. The Canadian music legend.

Le Noise excerpt: “Angry World“.


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talking this and that and Crazy Horse…

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All I want is your heart
Every time I think of you
Mine falls apart.

by -- Neil Young

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