Happy Birthday to Neil Young, who turns 74 today (November 12th)!!! Earlier this week, Young, who is Canadian but has lived in California for the past 55 years, revealed his marijuana use may prevent him from obtaining dual citizenship in the U.S. According to a post on his official website, NeilYoungArchives.com, his moral character is being called into question.
Young's post of NeilYoungArchives.com reads:
I want to be a dual citizen and vote. When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test. It was a conversation where I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed. Recently however, I have been told that I must do another test, due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem.
The problem is defined in an April 19, 2019 addition under Attorney General (Jeff) Sessions. USCIS issued a Policy Alert which includes:
"An applicant who is involved in certain marijuana-related activities may lack GMC (Good Moral Character) if found to have violated federal law even if such activity is not unlawful under applicable state or foreign laws.
I sincerely hope I have exhibited good moral character and will be able to vote my conscience on Donald J. Trump and his fellow American candidates, (as yet un-named)
I will keep you posted, but I don’t think I will be able to remain parked here during the proceedings.
Last month, Neil Young released his latest Crazy Horse album titled, Colorado. A documentary titled, Mountaintop Sessions, chronicling the album's recording was premiered on the big screen.
In June, Neil Young issued his latest archival release, titled TUSCALOOSA. The album, which was recorded with the Stray Gators on February 5th, 1973 during the Time Fades Away tour at University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, has been issued as a single CD, and a three-sided vinyl album with etched artwork on side four.
Back in January, Young chatted with Rolling Stone about the new set, explaining, "It’s (a concert) from the period right around Harvest and Tonight’s The Night. For me, it’s edgy. It’s like those mellow songs with an edge. It’s really trippy to be down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and singing those songs from Harvest and the songs that we were doing for Time Fades Away before it came out. I found this thing and it had such a great attitude to it. I just loved the whole night."
In November 2018 Young released a previously unreleased collection of acoustic performances from November 1976. The set, titled Songs For Judy, was put together by journalist-turned-filmmaker Cameron Crowe — who was covering the jaunt at the time for Rolling Stone — and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young photographer and archivist Joel Bernstein.
Neil Young married actress Daryl Hannah on August 24th, 2018.
Although Neil Young has tried extremely hard to keep his life private over the course of his career, he wants it known, he’s hardly a recluse: ["The fact that I don’t, y’know, that I don’t go out of my way to be seen and go to places where I know that my picture’s gonna be taken and things like that makes them think that I’m hiding. I’m not hiding from anything. I’m just not interested in any of it. I have other things that I’m more interested in that don’t have to do with getting my face on People magazine."] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . on People magazine)
Graham Nash says that making music with Young as part of CSNY has always led to fascinating results: ["I love to make music with Neil. It's very different with Neil. Y'know, it's a very different band — there's more edge, it's darker, it's funkier. It's just different."] SOUNDCUE (:08 OC: . . . It's just different)
Although Waging Heavy Peace marked Neil Young's own personal autobiography, 2002's semi-authorized Shakey, written by Jimmy McDonough, was based on 300 new and exclusive interviews — including a reported 50 hours of taped chats with Young himself. Graham Nash told us at the time, that like many readers, he found Shakey to be illuminating, particularly its anecdotes about Young's often nasty treatment of his musical colleagues: ["I learned a lot about my friend that I didn't know, and I learned a lot about my friend that I thought I knew (laughs). To me, that's not the way I want to live my life. I am consumed by creation, but in my life, creation takes a second. . . not second, but a, certainly an equal footage to my life. I don't want to hurt people — ever — because to me, there's enough pain in this world."] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . in this world)
Retired Crazy Horse guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro says that despite Young's constant need to shake things up by playing with different musicians, he seems to consider the band his musical home: ["When you look at it, there is only one band that Neil continues to play with. He's played with a lot of different bands, but I'd have to say that we are, overall, the most consistent of all the bands he's played with — even though he's played with Crosby, Stills & Nash quite a bit, but I think he's even played with us more than them."] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC: . . . more than them)
David Crosby told us that Neil Young's moral integrity has always stood side-by-side with his talent: ["That's basically the deal. I think it's one of the things that I've always admired about him, is that right, wrong or indifferent, he continues to grow. And I think that's always been something that I've always wanted to do and continue to do."] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC: . . . continue to do)