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Young named Toronto Star Wheels’ Newsmaker of the Year

Freelance writer and former editor of Toronto Star Wheels Mark Richardson writes about Neil Young being named Toronto Star Wheels’ Newsmaker of the year.

“For playing concerts in January, writing a book and spreading his message through the year, and for actively promoting alternative fuel — while never forgetting that cars are really cool — Neil Young is Wheels’ Newsmaker of 2014,” Richardson writes.

He quotes Young:

“I’ve had a lot of cars and I bought cars as rewards for projects that I did . . . They were all old cars so they already had a history. And the designs reflected the culture of the time,” Young told the Star’s Ben Rayner in an interview this year.

Richardson writes about  Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars and the stories about the cars Young has owned, “all of them bought used and all of them interesting.”

“His new book is a chronicle of his experiences as told by the memories his cars invoke, everything from a Mini and a Citroen 2CV to a Corvette and a Hummer H1. Throughout it, he details the fuel consumption and the exhaust emissions of the vehicles. His family’s 1951 road trip to Florida in their new Monarch sedan, for example, spewed about 1,296 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere each way; that Route 66 drive to L.A. in the hearse would have emitted 4,900 pounds of CO2.”

Eventually, in 2003, a friend of his daughter’s called him a hypocrite for being an environmentalist who drove such gas-guzzlers, and the accusation stuck. He resolved to find alternatives to gasoline for his cars and diesel for his tour buses.

Richardson writes: “His message is not against cars, which he loves passionately, but against the fuel that powers them. ‘We can have as many cars as we want, as long as the highways can hold them,’ he told the Star, “but we have to think smart about how they run.”

 

Merry Christmas, Xmas, Ymas

xmas-NeilDear BNB followers,

We wish you all a great fest and thanks for being here. Also many thanks to the BNB team that makes all this possible.

It’s been a  Neil Young year of change — many awards, a European tour finished up with Rick Rosas,(unfortunately Rick’s sudden passing this year), two new albums “A Letter Home” and “Storytone,” a solo acoustic tour, a new book “Special Deluxe,”  Neil’s activism, and numerous guest appearances, a new girlfriend and pending divorce from his wife of 36 years….so many Zumans and Neil fans meeting around the world.

Personally there has been the loss of The Baron, our leader on BNB and HH, and the resurrection of all he created by his dear friend Albert, the Lighthouse, with a little help from friends.

Have a peaceful outcome of this year and a colorful outlook for next year, 2015.

We’ll be back

and there will always be comets in the sky….

 

 

 

 

RIP Joe Cocker

joe-cockerJoe Cocker and Neil Young both played at Woodstock in 1969.

Singer Joe Cocker, 70, best known for his cover of The Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends, died on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.

The Sheffield-born singer had a career lasting more than 40 years, with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong, according to a nice tribute write-up by the BBC News.

His agent Barrie Marshall said Cocker, who died after battling lung cancer, was “simply unique”.

Sir Paul McCartney said he was a lovely guy who “brought so much to the world”.

Cocker’s friend Rick Wakeman, keyboard player for the rock band Yes, called his rendition of With a Little Help From My Friends “sensational” and said: “He had a voice that was just unique.”

Wakeman told BBC Radio 2: “The great thing is with someone like Joe is what they leave behind, and that will be with us for years and years.”

Musician friends say Cocker will remain “Etched in our memories.”

Read more:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-30582761

Uncut interview with Poncho

British Summer Time 2014 - July 12thThe end of the year issue of Uncut contains Michael Bonner’s long-version interview with Frank “Poncho” Sampedro.

Bonner writes: “I thought it might be nice to share the full transcript – it’s over 6,000 words long, and covers a lot of ground. We started off talking about the current state of Billy Talbot’s health, the Crazy Horse bassist who’d suffered a minor stroke earlier in the year. For the record, our interview took place on November 3, 2014; a few days before the death of bassist Rick Rosas, who’d deputised for Talbot during the band’s 2014 tour dates.”

Poncho’s favorite memory of Neil from this year?
“That’s hard to think of right at this moment. I could tell you a couple from the year before if I had time to think about it. When we played the Bridge School the last time, we were doing the encore where everybody comes out and sings, we were playing “Rockin’ In The Free World” all acoustic. For some reason, Neil took off his guitar and gave it to Lukas Nelson. He was having a great time playing it. And Neil was trying to give us hand signals of where to go and I was just laughing, “What the hell is going on?” But anyway, months and months after that, we were on the road, we were just getting ready and I said to Neil, “I have a question, it’s really been bothering me, I want to ask you.” He said, “Go ahead.” I said, “Why did you give Lukas your guitar? Did he ask for it, or something?” Neil said, “No, we were just up there playing and singing and he was playing air guitar and I kept looking at him, I thought, ‘Wow, he needs a guitar.’ So I just gave him mine.” I think that’s really cool. It was just like this thing that happened. That was a great moment with Neil. On this last tour, when he started giving away the t-shirts, ‘Protect The Earth’ and everything, he was just so overly sincere about the whole thing. It did bring a good feeling to me. And at the same time, it stresses me out because I just don’t know how to reach everybody and hw to make a change in this world. It’s really frustrating.”
Thanks to Tom Hambleton for bringing this to our attention

 

“Harvest” heads to Grammy Hall of Fame

harvest_reprise_recordsNeil Young’s “Harvest is among 27 recordings that have been added to the Grammy Hall of Fame, which continues “the tradition of preserving and celebrating timeless recordings” and now totals 987 recordings.

The album will be in good company, according to NME News.

A selection of both albums and singles have been included, including Kraftwerk’s 1974 ‘Autobahn’ LP, Bob Dylan’s 1975 LP ‘Blood On The Tracks’, ABBA”s 1976 single ‘Dancing Queen’, Neil Young’s 1972 LP ‘Harvest’, Chic’s 1978 single ‘Le Freak’, Sex Pistols’ 1977 LP ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’, Alice Cooper’s 1972 single ‘School’s Out’, Leonard Cohen’s 1967 album ‘Songs of Leonard Cohen’, Otis Redding’s 1966 single ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ and Lou Reed’s 1972 single ‘Walk On The Wild Side’.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/81784#bDzJ1q5MLgCEjq1V.99

Random Quote

I never knew a man could tell so many lies He had a different story for every set of eyes. How can he remember who he\'s talkin\' to? \'Cause I know it ain\'t me, and I hope it isn\'t you.
by -- Neil Young

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