Posted in books | music on June 8, 2012

Neil and Patti

As mentioned, Neil Young and Patti Smith are going to head out on a tour together in the fall, both supporting new albums that came out this week. But the two met up even sooner (this past Wednesday to be exact) when Patti interviewed Neil at BookExpo America about Neil's new memoir, "Waging Heavy Peace," which is due out in October. Patti has also released a book, "Just Kids," which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2010. Here's a bit about the interview via New Yorker:

From there, the conversation wound pleasantly through a variety of topics, much as Young's book sounds like it might. The two of them discussed songwriting, history, money, memory, and technology. Smith asked about the circumstances surrounding Young's composition of the 1970 protest anthem "Ohio," a story that has been told several times but that Young obligingly told again, noting that the song came together in a rush when he saw John Filo's famous picture of Mary Vecchio crying over a student shot dead by National Guardsmen at Kent State. "When we put the song out," he said, "it was kind of the social networking of the day, the way it could get played on radio so quickly. We had pressed it on acetates, so you only got seven or eight plays out of them." That led to one of several moments of productive nostalgia, as Young remembered rock-and-roll radio. "There were no programmers," he said. "d.j.s played what they wanted, and they had a personality." He paused. "We have to be careful here. I'm liable to go off."
Neil Young and Patti Smith's tour comes to NYC for the previously discussed MSG show on 11/27. Presales (internet presale and Live Nation Mobile App) for that show begin today at 10 AM and run through 3 PM. General sale starts Sunday (6/10) at noon.

Patti Smith covers Neil Young's "After the Goldrush" on her new album, Banga. Have a listen to that below...

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Patti Smith - "After the Goldrush" (Neil Young cover)

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Comments (43)

fucking need a lame livenation app to get presale tix? nice one neil

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 10:02 AM

if you think the livenation app is lame, then you hate good tickets and money

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 10:03 AM

My friends and I all pulled GA.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 10:07 AM

where were the GA tix??

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 10:08 AM

how the fuck does this work? maybe im just lame.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 10:10 AM

PWs were NYCH & amplify

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 10:11 AM

i have the app but where is the promo code??

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 10:13 AM

What's the code for livenation presale??

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 10:16 AM

thanks Anon 10:11

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 10:16 AM

Enough of these old fogeys, can we please have coverage of relevant acts like Django Django, Beach Wolf and Sausageum?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 10:18 AM

Only East GA was available and the back of the floor. There was no west ga's which is where you want to be.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 10:20 AM

$10 day of show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 10:21 AM

Talking about money, huh? As in "Hey Patti, let's tour and bleed our fans of their cash to see us play the same show we did in 1975."

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 10:54 AM

Anyone know how much GA tickets are?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 11:14 AM

Over $250 a ticket? Enjoy the show, that's not for me.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 11:16 AM

keep trying, i just got 2 GA west

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 11:21 AM

how can it be that west ga are not the most expensive tickets? this makes no sense.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 11:27 AM

GA West were only $115. That does seem odd, particularly considering there are apparently some floor tickets that are $263.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 11:30 AM

Yeah, just keep trying. Same as 11:21, it eventually gave me GA west tix. Bullshit price, but at least on the floor.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 11:38 AM

Live with YTIN.ASNIL and Kelly.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 11:57 AM

11:38 - how much?

I got GA West for $115 each.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 12:00 PM

$250? I'm so tired of these fucking baby boomers and their self-entitled, self-satisfied, self-righteous bullshit. It's your "important" generation that got us into this mess, Neil.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 12:47 PM

the ticket prices these performers charge are the biggest thing from keeping them relevant.

In order to be relevant you need to appeal at least somewhat to a younger generation. If the ticket prices are so high that the only people that can afford to go to your shows are your own age group peers, which in these cases is about 60 years old, your are eliminating any possibility that your live fanbase will be younger and therefore relevant.

Lower these ticket prices you dicks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 2:35 PM

Goto Glasslands you fags.

The Horse at MSG is worth every penny you broke bastards.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 2:47 PM

2:35, well put.
2:47, I make a decent living, and still won't pay over $250 a ticket, just on principle alone. Personally, if I'm going to spend that kinda money on a night out, it's going to involve a big juicy piece of steak and a blonde with big tits. But to spend that kinda money and not even get head? Not worth it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 7:36 PM

To add to 7:36, not everyone is in the 1% like you, Mr. 2:47.
It's disappointing that someone like Neil would price the shows so that only people with money can afford to go.
I hope Neil Young will remember; a broke bastard man don't need him around anyhow.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 7:40 PM

Neil Young sold out when he played with Pearl Jam

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 8:28 PM

Pearl Jam is terrible. I don't know why he likes them.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 8:45 PM

Anonymous 8:45 is terrible. I don't know why people like him.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 9:28 PM

Neil Young is a crappy Bob Dylan

Posted by D | June 8, 2012 11:08 PM

Neil Young owns. never liked Pearl Jam.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 11:25 PM

D is stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 12:00 AM

Neil Young is way better than Bob Dylan. Way more varied and interesting career, and can actually still sing.

Though at least Dylan keeps his prices way lower than this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 12:13 AM

Joan Baez owns all of the above.

Posted by 8:45 | June 9, 2012 12:30 AM

Dylan > Young > Donovan

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2012 2:19 PM

totally impossible to get tickets today

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2012 12:13 PM

this is a joke

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2012 12:19 PM

i got 4 west GA, all as singles at diff. times

here are my checkout times: 12:07, 12:08, 12:11, 12:19

NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER

Posted by scalper x | June 10, 2012 12:24 PM

hippies

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2012 1:01 PM

Still good seats. Not giving this old hippie my money but day of show on the other hand...

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2012 1:58 PM

I love this. Patti is so cool. And her new album Banga is absolutely incredible, i love it more and more with every spin: pattismith.net/

Posted by Charlotte | June 10, 2012 11:29 PM

My friends and I all pulled GA.

Posted by vemcite | November 13, 2012 4:17 AM

patti smith for the win.

Posted by jordon | July 29, 2013 12:40 PM

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