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  posted on 6/11/2009 at 01:53 AM
Anyone else seen it yet? I caught it tonight on our PBS affiliate here.

Its very good, particularly the 1st half. A whole lot of great old film footage of the early years. Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, etc etc. They interview Neil of course, along with Crosby, Stills, and several others.

Neil is pretty terse with some of his comments. Makes it very clear that he cares about nothing but the music...but we've always known that.

Some of the really wierd 80's stuff could have been cut out as far as I'm concerned...but Neil of course stood by it. Basically, its "Thats what I wanted to do...take it or leave it"

At the end they pretty much skipped from "Harvest Moon" all the way to "Living with War" Dont know why....some of the music in between those 2 is essential Neil.

Its still very good.

Its on a few more times this week. Check your listings.

[Edited on 6/11/2009 by D28guy]

 

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  posted on 6/11/2009 at 06:10 AM
I set the DVR up to record it, but it turned out it was some kind of 50's music show that was being shown in it's place.
 

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  posted on 6/11/2009 at 07:44 AM
according to my local station, it will be aired at 3am on Friday - I'm going to search tonight and set the DVR . Thanks for the heads up.

 

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  posted on 6/11/2009 at 07:58 AM
I tried to watch it lat night but fell asleep before it came on. I'm not sure it was even on our local PBS station as I believe they're doing their annual membership drive this week. I read a blurb about the show in this weeks edition of The Week Magazine. They gave it very good reviews. In particular the footage from Neil's own archives.
 

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  posted on 6/11/2009 at 08:43 AM
I thought it was interesting that the Stills Young band wasn't mentioned.

But I did like all the time spent on Tonights the Night

 

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  posted on 6/12/2009 at 07:35 AM
It was great! I am in NYC and had to watch the fundraising interuptions but it was worth it.(I support other underfunded charities and understand the need to do the fundraising)
The part about Neil's musical explorartions in the 80's was enlightening to me and the scene of Neil speaking to Dick Clark was a gas.
I'm a Neil fan and appreciated the new info but as sometimes happens,getting to know my guitar heroes better sometimes makes me like them less as people.Oh well, I still can't wait to view the documentary again so I can savor it more. Watch it if you can!

 

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  posted on 6/12/2009 at 10:01 AM
excellent documentary
 

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  posted on 6/12/2009 at 11:34 AM
I thought it was a GREAT show.I love that mans attitude when it comes to music!
The part where he plays Lets Impeach The President in concert,and they interview some people after was hilarious.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2009 at 12:00 PM
I only wish the show was longer than an hour...it was great.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2009 at 11:10 PM
have always been a neil young fan saw him a couple of times even solo acoustic in the mid 80's always left happy and satisfied,after watching the documentary i have a new greater respect for the man and his music,when he played with anyone he always let them know that he is a forever changing individual,that he probably wont be there for long,nothing personal just business,and his business is making the best NEW music and sound he can.we all should take a little of that into our own lives
 

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  posted on 6/12/2009 at 11:21 PM
I enjoyed it, watched with the wife. He is one intersting cat. They interviews are great.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2009 at 08:56 AM
I DVR ed it so just saw it last night. Great documentary.

And I have loads of respect for this guy!

He is a true artist who has always put the music first. And the man exemplifies personal integrity. I admire his unwillingness to pander, or to sell out to corporate sponsorship. I also admire his total dedication to following his musical muse, wherever it takes him.

I've never been able to get into the album Trans, but I will always keep it because it was Neil's musical vision, and even though I can't get into it, I totally respect Neil as an artist.

Not too many folks I can say that about...





[Edited on 6/13/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 6/13/2009 at 01:24 PM
I may have caught the tail end of this on PBS a couple of weeks ago. Whatever it was it was showing CSN&Y on their last tour singing protest songs and the fans they interviewed were pissed! They were singing "Let's Impeach the President" and people were booing them. One guy said he would like to punch them in the face! Yikes! Let's just rock!

 

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