Neil Receives Patrick Lippert Award
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from the Rock The Vote Organization
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Rock The Vote site's details about the award.
Live Daily article.
MTV News's pre-announcement of the award.
FARM AID co-founder Neil Young wins
1999 Patrick Lippert Rock the Vote Award
(FARM AID; MTV Networks - 2/23/1999 at 14:41:42)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV Networks' Rock the Vote
honored FARM AID Co-founder Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young today for their
activism. Neil Young, an outspoken supporter of family farmers, was
recognized at Rock the Vote's 6th Annual Patrick Lippert Awards at the House
of Blues in Los Angeles. Both Neil Young and Pegi Young were cited for their
work with the Bridge School, a program for the communicative and educational
development of children with severe speech and physical impairments.
Along with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, Neil Young organized the
first FARM AID concert in 1985, and has continued to serve on its board of
directors. The three co-founders anchor every FARM AID concert. The
longest-running of the "concerts for causes," FARM AID has created an ongoing
support network for family farmers.
"At every FARM AID concert, I count on Neil to speak his mind. Neil
doesn't hold back when he blasts factory farms for polluting the water and
soil. He's not afraid to point out Washington's farm policy failures. He's
got courage, and I'm glad he's getting this award," said FARM AID president
"Neil, Willie and I are not guys who give up easily. FARM AID is our way
of fighting for family farmers." said John Mellencamp.
"I hope this award helps put a spotlight on family farmers who struggle so
hard to hold onto the land," said FARM AID Executive Director Carolyn Mugar.
"Rock the Vote's new focus on community activism is exactly what FARM AID
promotes. The only way we'll save family farms is when people say 'no' to
factory farms and insist on safe food grown locally by family farmers."
Mugar lauded Neil Young and his co-founders for their longstanding
commitment. "Artists like Neil, Willie, and John inspire people to dig in and
stay focused. The fight for family farmers is for safe food, the environment,
and preserving the rural fabric of our nation. Neil doesn't give up on
important goals like these."
Mugar said in addition to years spent speaking out and supporting farm
families against industrial agriculture, Neil delivers the gift of an
extraordinary performance every year at the FARM AID concert. "Whether he's
jamming with Phish, or reuniting with old friends like David Crosby, or
joining Willie on stage, Neil always has the crowd transfixed," said Mugar.
Long time friend and Nebraska family farmer Corky Jones thanked Neil Young
for his loyalty to farmers. "No one deserves this award more than Neil. I
love to see Neil get fired up. It gives farmers like me the extra fight we
need to stay on another season. It gives us hope."
FARM AID's annual concert is televised live on CMT: Country Music
Television. More than $15 million in FARM AID grants has been distributed
to farm and rural service organizations across the country. Donors may call
1-800-FARM AID to make donations or to receive additional information.
Excerpts from Wyclef Jean, Neil Young, Beck,
George Clinton Celebrate 1999 Rock The Vote! Awards
(See the full story on the MTV web site.)
Rock The Vote's Sixth Annual Patrick Lippert Awards were
held at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, and a
cavalcade of musicians and entertainment heavyweights came out to fete this
year's recipients -- Neil Young and Wyclef Jean.
Beck presented an award to Neil Young and his wife Pegi for their
work with Farm Aid and The Bridge School Benefit concerts, as well
as their community activism.
"Pegi and Neil are amazing people," Beck said, "and I'm honored to
be presenting this award, and I just wanna say how important [Neil's]
music is and the world that he's created. It's made a big impact on
myself and a lot of people I know."
Upon accepting the award, Young thanked the artists that had played
at his past Bridge school benefits, but reserved a special thank-you
to Pegi, his wife of more than 20 years.
"I'm proud of Farm Aid," Young said,
"but I'm especially proud to be part of the
Bridge School, which my wife Pegi thought up. She said, 'Well, y'know,
why don't we have a concert, and then we'll get a bunch of money, and
then we'll start a school for kids like our [son] Ben and other kids
that need computers to communicate.' So, without [Pegi], it never