Thursday, November 12, 2015
Sixty-Two Yesterday, Seventy Today
My responsibilities as Knez of Egoslavia demand these songs and the following:
Andy Partridge born sixty-two years ago yesterday, Neil Young is seventy today. The former is in the innermost circle of musicians rotating in and out of the three open seats of My Sillyass Deserted Island Five Game, the latter has always been on my life's soundtrack, most of the time when I wanted it to be, now and then when I didn't. Here's Conkin's Neil show. You'll need take my word for it - I pasted Walk Like a Giant below before I saw his show playlist. Click XTC, click Neil Young, for more songs.
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with regard to neil young, the following letter was printed in the financial times of july 12, 2008ReplyDelete
Militarism is feature of US socioeconomic system
Sir, I am a contemporary of Neil Young, and appreciated your interview “The gentler side of anger” (Life & Arts, July 5/6). I look forward to seeing his new film, CSNY Déjà Vu. However, I take issue with characterising Young’s criticism of the Bush gang as “pure pop-paranoia”. As a musician, I am a rank amateur. As a social scientist, I have more training (bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s and a PhD in psychology).
I have concluded, with much sadness, that the American militarism that brought us war with Vietnam when I was young, and war with Iraq today, is not a flaw of our socioeconomic system, but a feature. I recommend to your writer, and to all interested readers, Eugene Jarecki’s documentary film, Why We Fight, which includes President Eisenhower’s warning about the influence of the “military-industrial complex”.
Until our political leaders lead the fight against these “masters of war” (in Bob Dylan’s phrase), instead of speaking of US soldiers occupying foreign lands as “defending our freedom”, we can expect more war and ruinously expensive preparations for war.
my favorite neil young song from that general era is "the restless consumer"