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Signed Neil collectibles to benefit MusiCares/Grammy Foundation

220px-Neil_Young_FreedomLooking for that perfect holiday gift for the music lover in your life?

How about a signed copy of “Freedom” by Neil Young….

Some sweet deals are up for bid over at eBay in an auction that got under way on Black Friday to benefit the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares.

The Fifth Annual Grammy Charity Black Friday Online Auction features a variety of autographed pieces of memorabilia from Neil Young, Jackson Browne, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, Foreigner‘s Mick Jones, Billy Idol and many other well-known musicians.  Among the items up for grabs: signed vinyl copies of Young’s Freedom and Browne’s World in Motion albums, electric guitars autographed by Jones and Idol, and a studded guitar strap signed by Slash.

VIP passes to the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to singer/songwriter Carole King also are part of the auction.  The event, which is scheduled for January 24, will feature performances by Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Bette Midler and many other stars.

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1980s Neil that doesn’t, you know, suck

The-10-best-legal-wrangles-in-music-8Not that anyone ever would believe that Neil Young could “suck,” but according to Nick DeRiso at Something Else! Reviews there were certainly moments, and they seemed to come in bunches, when Neil Young stumbled so badly in the 1980s that it was difficult to imagine he’d ever regain his footing.

 But, not always.

“It was a period of principled stands against the record-label intrusion of the day, and — alas — of unlistenably noble experiments. Still, if you dig deeply enough, you’re likely to discover something of value even on the occasionally intolerable techno-focused Trans,” DeRiso writes.

The author lists five of Young’s works that didn’t suck during that era, leaving out the justifiably celebrated 1989 project Freedom, since by then Young was rounding back into shape, he says.

We won’t tell you which ones he picked as shining stars in a decade that some feel was less than lackluster as far as muic goes. But there were some choice moments by Young

Just as an aside, 1983 was the year Young said that being sued by his new record label for making records that were “not commercial” and “unrepresentative” was “better than a Grammy” because it cemented his ornery maverick reputation.

David Geffen, who thought Young’s quixotic early 1980s records were sabotaging his career and making Geffen look stupid, emerged as a heavy-handed fool. He quickly dropped the suit and apologised. “He’s a big man for saying he was so fuckin’ wrong,” said Young, who responded, to his manager’s horror, by insisting that his deal was slashed in half as an expensive gesture of commitment to creative freedom.

Anyway hear is one of the chosen favs.

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Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World

Crazy Horse guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampredo told Rolling Stone the song “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World” came  together after a show was canceled in the former U.S.S.R.

neil-young-freedom-1989He also claimed that most of the band didn’t even know the song when it was played for the first time on February 21, 1989, in Seattle. The song was just hours old.

Of course now the song is an American anthem.

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Random Quote

“And it ripples through the crowds
Who run and cast their doubts
In the deep forbidden lake. ”

by -- Neil Young

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