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(Archive 22: 12/11/98 - 1/8/99)

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From: Richard J Shaw <richard.shaw@harryfairclough.btinternet.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 12:47:39 -0000
Subject: YOTH Video UK Release

The current issue of Uncut has a two page interview with Jim Jarmusch on his making of Year of the Horse. At the end of the feature it's claimed the film will be released in the UK on video on 25th January. Good news I hope.


From: Jarett Griguts <xamiche@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 03:05:33 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Elliot quoted about Label Merger

In reference to the giant merger of PolyGram and Universal record labels I saw this in a news article:

"It's an odd situation," Elliot Roberts, Neil Young's manager since 1968, told the New York Times. "It's the first time in all my years that this has ever happened on this scale. If I had a band that was a borderline band, I'd be losing sleep right now."
Rust in peace,


From: SRDGodDESS@aol.com
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 1999 12:37:34 EST
Subject: Emmylou Harris says.......

According to a Rolling Stone interview with Emmylou, she says:

"I don't listen to country radio at all ... Country radio could use a Bruce Springsteen song every once and awhile, sung by him, to enrich that stew of the whole picture. His songs are in the richest tradition of Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams. I'd love to be able to turn on country radio and hear Neil Young or Bruce Springsteen alongside Trisha Yearwood. Nobody would have to tell you who they were, because nobody sounds like Bruce and nobody sounds like Neil."

From: Joost Groen <jsg@xs4all.nl>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 21:37:05 +0100 (MET)
Subject: "Neil Is Everywhere" Dept.

Yesterday Dutch TV ran a documentary on Dutch people who have emigrated to Canada. I had it on in the background, but started to pay attention the moment I recognized the background music: Neil! I haven't seen the entire program but I have witnessed Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and Cowgirl In The Sand being played. The album versions.

I am a child

Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 18:34:08 -0500
Subject: Buffalo Box on Elektra?

Here's a story about the Buffalo Springfield Box from the Billboard website:

Best-Of Bad Company, Buffalo Springfield On Way

Look for Elektra Records to rework part of its rock catalog this year. First up is a two-CD, greatest hits set from Bad Company, due March 9. ....(deletions)....

Elektra is also said to be working on a four-disc Buffalo Springfield set, which the label hopes to issue later in 1999. The package will likely include the band's three studio releases, originally on Atco, plus a CD that could include live tracks, sources say.

An Elektra spokeswoman confirms the Bad Company release but says the Buffalo Springfield set is "tentative."
    -- Ed Christman, N.Y.

. . . RE*AC*TOR

From: Taper Steve <neilrocks@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 07:10:06 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Mule's New Year Cortez

A good friend of mine who was in Atlanta for the Widespread Panic run had tickets for the first 3 nights of Panic but did not have a ticket for New Years eve.

Gov't Mule was also playing in Hot'lanta (at the Roxy) so he went to that show instead. Mule was joined by numerous guests: Derek Trucks, Chuck Levell, Bernie Worrell, Jimmy Herring, etc.

At mid-night, Mule busted out a War Pigs cover - damn!

The show's encore: Neil's Cortez the Killer - double damn!

From what I understand, this show will be released as a live CD - hopefully they'll include that Cortez.

Steve Tapin' in the Free World

From: "Ray Moon" <patdc@club-internet.fr>
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 11:23:53 +0100
Subject: Neil in French Mag

Happy New Year to all!!

It was such a long time.....and finally: Neil on a French Rock&Roll magazine for this 1999 New Year !!! :)

Guitar Part, number 58 (January) has some explanations about how to play Heart Of Gold, Tell Me Why and I Believe In You. Includes a CD...

Ciao Ray"hectiqueGirl"m00n

From: kassman <kassman@telia.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 23:58:03 +0100
Subject: Uncut's Neil News

The January issue of the English music & movie magazine UNCUT says about the Archives, Part 1: "...is likely to see the light of the day next September..."

About the Buffalo Springfield box set: "...the box will include seven previously unreleased tracks that Young and Stephen Stills came across when wading through archive tapes for the collection..."


From: roadeye@sympatico.ca
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 12:52:54 -0500
Subject: More on Raven

On the Raven topic, I'd like to add that Raven actually has the words Rust Never Sleeps tatooed on his shoulder and bicep. Its in the same 'font' (Neil's handwriting) as on the album.

Now that's a fan...


Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 12:21:42 -0500
Subject: Mojo Article Rehash

Much Music, on their web site, has the short note below...

NEIL YOUNG's longtime manager, ELLIOT ROBERTS, has confirmed that the first installment of what he calls "the Big Project" will be released during 1999. According to Roberts, the first installment of Neil Young's extensive 32-CD archival set - to be released in 4 separate volumes during the next few years - will comprise 7 CDs featuring more than 70 unreleased songs, along with 3 bonus CDs of landmark live performances in Young's career. The singer is also expected to release an acoustic-oriented solo album during 1999, which he'll support with a tour.
They don't mention at all that their reference is the Mojo article. But a a longer version of the same story on the Wall of Sound site does attribute the info to the Mojo story. So this all doesn't look to be anything new.

Also note that errors in the story have already been acknowledged and noted here...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

From: Jarett Griguts <xamiche@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 17:46:38 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Crosby's Stand and Be Counted

MartinD45 (Horsepie@aol.com) wrote:

> Just found this on the Rolling Stone web site:
>    "The times they've been a-changin,' and David
>    Crosby wants to show you just how much. The
>    legendary rocker, in connection with Gold
>    Circle Entertainment and Samson Music, will
>    air the documentary Stand and Be Counted next
>    fall on a yet-undetermined media outlet. The
>    three-part series examines the role of popular
>    music on modern activism, and shows Crosby
>    interviewing some of his most famous
>    contemporaries, such as Bob Dylan, Stephen
>    Stills, Graham Nash, Joan Baez and Neil Young,
>    as well as a few of today's more outwardly
>    influential artists, like Sting, Elton John,
>    Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge and Shawn
>    Colvin. The project is currently being shopped
>    to several TV networks
> MartinD45
Check out Croz's CPR web site for more info. All immediate details will be posted there upon release of the film and accompanying book.

Rust in peace,

From: Visions256@aol.com
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 07:42:57 EST
Subject: Phish still playing Neil

I saw Phish last night, good show. They did Albuquerque, which I was very psyched for. To go along with recent discussions about "Neil vs Bob", they also did Quinn the Eskimo (they rocked it). Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.

From: KyOlson4@aol.com
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 23:43:38 EST
Subject: Raven Likes Neil

I was at my (now ex)girlfriend's house a few months ago and her brother, who is a big wrestling fan, showed me one of his magazines that showed some wrestler's favorite bands. Well, Raven's picks were basically "Neil Young and everything else sucks" or something like that...

Anyhow, her brother was telling me how this guy wears Neil shirts all the time so I thought I'd check it out tonight and here's a good picture of one. Also, here's an "action" photo.

Kyle Olson
-Dark Horse-

Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 09:11:44 -0500
Subject: Textbook Neil

gcasey@POMONA.EDU wrote:

> My mother, an AP English teacher, showed me a promo book
> from the Lyricist Review which uses classic rock
> lyrics in teaching high school themes.  Neil, as well
> as Bob, McCartney, etc. are included. Like A
> Hurricane is examined.  Its imagery is compared
> to TS Eliot, which is a bit far out for me...
Just noticed that there's a web site for that book: http://www.lyricistreview.com. They show a sample "lesson" that utilizes Bowie's song Heroes to discuss Shakespeare, love and politics. Hmmmm.....
. . . RE*AC*TOR

From: Edmundo Perdiz <edmundoperdiz@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 05:43:00 -0800 (PST)
Subject: YOTH in Portugal

A great Christmas gift: A Portuguese TV station is going to broadcast Year of the Horse on the night of the 25th. WOW, what a Christmas -- especialy because YOTH didn't make it to the cinemas here in Portugal. It's the first chance I have to watch it. Wish you all rusties a wonderful Christmas.


From: TinOtiS@aol.com
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 20:24:48 EST
Subject: Lots of Neil in AGM

Check out the Feb 99 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Plenty of Neil references. There's a story of Nils Lofgren's latest, a solo effort. And a feature about Beck Hansen with reference to the Neil influence. In the gear section Larry Cragg's pick-up and amplification system (ala Neil ala HORDE) are credited and a short story of the retro one microphone amplification system that Steve Earl and the McCoury Band showcased at Pharm Aid 1998.

(All this and I've only leafed throught the pub so far.)

Nice way to end my "Best Year for Neil" 1998.
Happy Holidays
Keep on rockin'

Chcuk N
A Fireman

From: Stephen Wiener <swiener@onramp.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 10:13:29 -0600
Subject: The Cardigans and Neil on a desert isle

The Tower Records free magazine, Pulse, has a cover story on the Swedish pop group The Cardigans. Each band member lists their DID's (Desert Island Discs) that they would need to survive if they were stranded on a desert island. Neil is pretty prominent in their selections.

Lead singer Nina Perrson needs On The Beach and After the Goldrush. Bengt Lagerberg needs Harvest, After the Goldrush and Comes A Time. Lasse Johansson needs On The Beach.

Pretty interesting that they are such big Neil fans.

AKA A Man Needs A Maid
(Someone to keep my house clean)

From: dogrady <dogrady@ix16.ix.netcom.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 19:18:34 -0800
Subject: Neil in the Business Journal

In the San Jose Business Journal, they have an article about performers doing private parties. It mentions Bob Dylan at the well-reported Applied Materials party last year. It said that Bill Graham Presents created a division to do corporate parties and that many acts are more than willing to do them.

It says that Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen won't do them. CSN did a gig for MCI-Worldcom last year and Los Lobos did one for Macromedia. The story makes a point of mentioning that many acts would have considered it a sell out before to do one of these, but now they like not having to worry about ticket sales and having an appreciative audience because they are there for free.

Seems to me that the possible problem with these shows is that the audience didn't pay to get in. If I work for a corporation (save me please) and I get tickets to a show, I'd go whether I like them or not. As a performer, I think I'd rather perform for a crowd that wants to be there rather than a crowd that simply can be there.

A 10-year-old

From: Lee Brooke <lee_b72@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 16:45:08 PST
Subject: Celebrity interprets Neil

I was just thumbing through a copy of the current (Nov/Dec 98) issue of the Australian HQ magazine, when I came across a regular little feature they run called Songlines. They ask a celebrity the question, "which music has the most resonance for you?"

This issues celeb was Adam Spencer, a popular radio deejay and TV presenter with the Australian public broadcaster, ABC. Here's what Adam had to say:

"In terms of lyrics that actually hit me, it'd have to be the title track from Neil Young's Harvest album: "This is quite possibly not what he means at all, but (I think) he's singing about this pathetic guy who, you know, can't deliver the goods, but is happy to try as hard as he can."
I don't buy that myself, but it's an interesting angle and my opinion of Mr Spencer has taken a sudden and radical upwards swing.


From: mip3@cornell.edu
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 12:04:04 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Young/Phish Discuss Collaboration!

I am now trembling and making funny grunting noises at work in an attempt to comprehend how awesome this would be. Elliot has confirmed that Neil and Phish are planning to record ORIGINAL TUNES -- together.

Check out the story on SonicNet.

Please say it's so Neil. Please Please Please.

College Boy

From: Gareth Snelson <GSnelson@BinneySmith.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 08:50:40 -0000
Subject: Mojo apology

I contacted the MOJO news editor to check on the details of their Archives story after it was pointed out that the dates were nonsense. I was afraid that the whole story might have been a red herring. Amazingly I have already received a reply which substantiates the report:

Apologies for the dates mix-up in the story. Yes, I did speak directly to Roberts, though a combination of his fast-talking and me taking the story down at the last minute probably explains the inaccuracy. Let's hope the box finally does see the light of day. Thanks for your interest.

Mark Paytress
News Editor"

Woo hoo! put the party hats back on!

From: Jim Beller <jbeller@sirius.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 16:05:31 -0800
Subject: Larry Cragg gig

Larry and his friends are playing this Saturday night (12/19) in San Anselmo at the log cabin in Memorial Park. Anybody want directions and details -- email me.


Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 10:00:20 -0500
Subject: JamTV's Neil news

Here's the entire text of a "Random Note" on Neil on the JamTV web site (which I think is a duplicate of stuff on the Rolling Stone site):

Neil Young gets an F for punctuality and an A+ for intrigue. As 1998 skids to a halt, Reprise Records is slapping its fifth tentative release date on Young's forthcoming album, which has neither a title nor a definitive producer after more than a year of studio work.

Originally due on store shelves last June 23, Young's first studio album since his mid-1996 release Broken Arrow is now penciled in for March 23, 1999. Bob Merlis of Reprise says that release date remains tentative, but the elusive album should arrive in stores by mid-1999 with a tour to follow. Details surrounding the CD remain scant, but reports suggest that Young is working with a number of collaborators, and has not yet whittled down his track listing . . .

The MOJO story is more informative, but this one does make the March date for the new album seem less firm than the other news reports have...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

From: Gareth Snelson <GSnelson@BinneySmith.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 11:45:59 -0000
Subject: Big News from Mojo

Following my scoop on Monday, here is the full article from MOJO, Jan 1999 issue. UK Rusties can pick it up in WHS 'and all good newsagents'. The rest of you can send subscription queries to amy.thom@ecm.emap.com (tel. 44 1858 435 341).

HyperRust editor's note: It's also imported to many US bookstores, such as Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc.
MOJO covers all forms of 'good' music (i.e. it's a Celine Dion free zone) and is generally pretty good with its news, reviews and articles.
HyperRust editor's note: They've also done a number of major articles on Neil in the past...

Neil: Size Does Matter
Bruce managed four, The Beatles six. But Neil Young's new retrospective has a whopping 32 CD's.

"Nothing's ever written in stone," warns Elliot Roberts, Neil Young's notoriously reticent manager, "but next year should see the first instalment of the Big Project." Yes, the Neil Young anthology is now so big it's likely to be a 32-CD 'life story' in four volumes.

"It's hard to describe except to say that it'll be vast and unique," says Roberts. "The first volume will consist of seven CD's featuring over 70 unreleased songs, with three bonus discs that'll include landmark live shows in their entirety." These have been earmarked as the 'Riverboat' concert from 1966, a 1968 solo acoustic show from the Royal Festival Hall and a 1972 concert at the Hammersmith Odeon with Crazy Horse.

It was thought that Young had finished his new studio album in early November, but he's apparently enjoying "another writing period" and is recording with his current band of Jim Keltner, Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Ben Keith and Spooner Oldham. Tracks from the earlier sessions, like Distant Camera, Looking Forward and Buffalo Springfield Again, might not make it to the album, pencilled in for March.

Neil will be touring the States in the spring, and is likely to hit Europe in the summer. There's also the 4-CD Buffalo Springfield box set, due in February, with seven previously unissued tracks.

th th th th th thats's all folks.


From: stevens@skyenet.net (Tom Stevens)
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 20:34:20 -0500
Subject: Full Tribute Track List

Here's the full track list for the This Note's For You Too! (A Musical Tribute To Neil Young) tribute coming out in January...

Treble Spankers - Aurora
Ron & the Splinters - Burned
Fuzztones - Mr Soul
Matt Piucci - Down To The Wire
Sonya Hunter - Expecting To Fly
Mushroom - The Emperor Of Wyoming
Tom Stevens - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Bevis Frond - I've Been Waiting For You
Big in Iowa - Cinnamon Girl
Shane Faubert - Running Dry (Requiem For The Rockets) or Wonderin'
Lee Renaldo - Winterlong
Tom Rapp - After The Gold Rush
Hitchin' Post - Tell Me Why
Bobby Sutliff - Don't Let It Bring You Down
Coal Porters - Ohio
Continental Drifters - When You Dance I Can Really Love
Steven Roback - The Needle And The Damage Done
Russ Tolman - Old Man
Richard Lloyd - Heart Of Gold
Steve Wynn - Time Fades Away
Map of Wyoming - Don't Be Denied
Chris Cacavas - Tonight's The Night
Walkabouts - Albuquerque
Eric Ambel - Revolution Blues
Pat Thomas & the Family Jewels - Vampire Blues
Ghosthouse - Don't Cry No Tears
Rich Hopkins & Luminarios - Like A Hurricane
Chris Burroughs - Powderfinger
Snares & Kites - Campaigner
Harvest - The Old Country Waltz
Golden Watusis - Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
Lazy Sunday Dream - Shots
Empty Set - Too Lonely
Van Christian - This Note's For You
Absolute Zeros - Don't Cry
Travoltas - Rockin' In The Free World
Ad Vanderveen - Days That Used To Be
Slobberbone - Big Time

Good holidays to all,
Tom Stevens

From: Tim.Diamond@gre-group.com
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 14:43:39 +0000
Subject: Dead Man on UK TV

Dead Man is on Channel 4 in the UK 29th December, 10:00pm.


From: Gareth Snelson <GSnelson@BinneySmith.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 13:49:26 -0000
Subject: Neil Project Rumors...

Disclaimer: If this ends up being a bunch of false promises... Don't. Blame. Me!!!!!!

A friend tells me there is a Neil Young update in this month's MOJO magazine. He prat didn't bring the article in so this isn't word for word:

  1. Neil has enough material for the March album, but apparently they are still recording as it is going so well.
  2. Buffalo Springfield box set should be out in January.
  3. Archives is completed! (In much the same way as "I didn't inhale," allegedly.) 21 CD's to be released in 3 waves. Each set to include 4-5 archived CD's and 2-3 seminal live performances. Woo hoo!
Celebrate with some Homegrown methinks.


From: taholoc1@sierra.net
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 11:59:39 -0800
Subject: News on the Radio

KOZZ 105.7 in Reno, Nevada received a press release this morning (or so they reported) regarding the release of Neil's new album. Scheduled for release in late March or early April (we've all heard that before), this all acoustic album will be similar to 1992's Harvest Moon (one of my all time favorites). Neil will be producing the album himself, and backup musicians include the drummer and bass player from Booker T.'s MG's (Donald "Duck" Dunn and Jim Keltner), Ben Keith, and supposedly another pedal steel guitar player. They didn't make it clear where the press release came from (Lookout, Reprise, etc.), but they did receive it this morning around 11:00 AM PST. Guys and gals, keep your ears to the ground for stealth dates, I can feel those "pre-album release" stealth gigs being planned right now!

Harvest Moon

From: Fmills3@aol.com
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 10:06:43 EST
Subject: Neil Goes Techno?

I'm listening to a 2-CD deejay mix set called Future Sound of the United Kingdom Vol.3. At the tail end of a mammoth techno, hip-hop, electro, psych and funk blowout, which encompassed everything from Bentley Rhythm Ace to Wax Assassins to U-roy, to Herbie Hancock to the Jimmy Castor Bunch -- there's the Springfield's I Am A Child nestled as the final track. Possibly the most unlikely context to find Neil in, every?

Old PUeblo Flyer

From: David36798@aol.com
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 1998 00:38:21 EST
Subject: Nils' Top 10

Courtesy of Allstar Daily News:

Nils Lofgren:
  1. Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions
  2. Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
  3. The Bridge School Concerts
  4. Martin Sexton, The American
  5. The Rolling Stones, No Security
  6. Bob Dylan, Live 1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4. (The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert)
  7. John Mellencamp, John Mellencamp
  8. Alanis Morissette, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
  9. Bruce Springsteen, Tracks
  10. Willie Nelson, Teatro
Anybody else?

Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 13:50:49 -0500
Subject: YOTH from US Source

Mark Levy let me know that Facets is listing the Year of the Horse video now, for $19.95 plus shipping. Anyone who doesn't want to order from Canada for whatever reason (though I think it's cheaper from up there) can probably get it from Facets (in Chicago) now...
. . . RE*AC*TOR

From: David G. Hobbs <dghobbs@siu.edu>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 09:42:28 -0600
Subject: Croz's Documentary

The following was forwarded to me. I have no additional info, but this should be worth a look for many of you!!!

The times they've been a-changin,' and David Crosby wants to show you just how much. The legendary rocker, in connection with Gold Circle Entertainment and Samson Music, will air the documentary Stand and Be Counted next fall on a yet-undetermined media outlet.

The three-part series examines the role of popular music on modern activism, and shows Crosby interviewing some of his most famous contemporaries, such as Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Joan Baez and Neil Young, as well as a few of today's more outwardly influential artists, like Sting, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge and Shawn Colvin. The project is currently being shopped to several TV networks . . .

David Hobbs

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