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Video: Neil Young Spars With Stephen Colbert; Sings ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’ With Show Host

Last night Stephen Colbert squared off against Neil Young in a mock argument about climate change related matters.

Watch now:

And then watch them sings “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?” with new lyrics by Colbert.

For more details of this story, head to Rolling Stone.

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

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Audio: Neil Young’s ‘Storytone’ Double Album To Include Solo & Orchestral Versions

For Neil Young’s upcoming album, Storytone, there will be two versions of the ten-song set: the two album deluxe package will include one album in which Young performs the songs himself, and another in which he is accompanied by an orchestra.

The orchestral version was cut live with no overdubs. Young sang in the same room as the musicians. The album will be released on November 4, 2014.

“It’s the most different thing that I’ve ever attempted,” Young told Rolling Stone.

Back in early September I reported that the album would be called Storytone.

According to a Warner Bros. press release: Standout tracks from the album include the bittersweet album opener “Plastic Flowers,” the bluesy swing of “I Want To Drive My Car,” the aching “Tumbleweed,” or the heartfelt “When I Watch You Sleeping.” Each song evokes an entirely different feel within the context of its presentation.

More from the Rolling Stone story:

The orchestral Storytone is the first Young album where he plays no guitar or piano – he let other musicians take on instrumental duties so he could focus on his vocals. Two music-industry vets, Michael Bearden and Chris Walden, conducted, arranged and co-produced the album. He took himself out of his comfort zone,” says Bearden, who worked with Michael Jackson and is currently Lady Gaga’s musical director. Young gave the arrangers considerable freedom: “He basically told us to do what we felt,” says Bearden. Young had originally planned to take the concept even further, recording the orchestral versions with a single microphone, but he relented on that point.

More from the press release: All of the Storytone music was produced by The Volume Dealers (Neil Young and Niko Bolas), recorded and mixed by Al Schmitt with additional co-production, arrangements, orchestration, and conducted by Michael Bearden and Chris Walden.

The songs:

1. Plastic Flowers
2. Who’s Gonna Stand Up?
3. I Want To Drive My Car
4. Glimmer
5. Say Hello To Chicago
6. Tumbleweed
7. Like You Used To Do
8. I’m Glad I Found You
9. When I Watch You Sleeping
10. All Those Dreams

Three versions of “Who’s Gonna Stand UP?”



Live with Crazy Horse:

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

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Audio: Neil Young Shares Awesome Orchestral ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’ On Climate Change Protest Day

Today, a day when over 300,000 people reportedly assembled in New York for the People’s Climate Day March to voice their concerns that serious work needs to be done to stop climate change, Neil Young released an orchestral, studio recording of his protest song, “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?”

The musically stunning anthem attacks big oil and the “big machine.”

But what Neil Young doesn’t address in his song is that animal agriculture — factory farms and the whole system of meat production — is the biggest contributor to climate change. This is the elephant in the room.

As the new documentary “Cowspiracy” shows, environmental groups, for the most part, ignore this ‘inconvenient truth.’ If you haven’t seen the film, google it and find a showing near you. Or wait until early November and you can get the DVD. It’s a must-see film.

Today I spent three hours at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater with the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition at the huge Bay Area People’s Climate Day event and we passed out 100s of brochures detailing the impact of Factory Farms (and eating meat, or products made form animal secretions such as milk) to mostly unaware environmentalists.

Two activists at the Oakland People’s Climate Day event.

I would love for Neil Young to see “Cowspiracy,” or for someone, anyone, to get some information to him. It’s great what he’s doing but there’s this big hole, it would seem, in his knowledge of what is contributing to climate change.

Plus acoustic version:

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Audio: Neil Young Releases Free Live ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’ – Listen Now!

Neil Young, Liverpool, July 13, 2014.

Neil Young is encouraging people to watch the documentary, “Under The Influence,” which is about how “corporations have usurped democracy by using their vast wealth to influence politics and silence the citizen voice in government.”

And he’s made available his new song, “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?,” which was recorded live in Liverpool on in July of this year.

This is all good. However, I’m disappointed in Neil Young because he, like many others who claim to be environmentalists, ignores the biggest cause of climate change in the world, which is the eating of meat and animal secretions (such as milk) and the use of products made from animals.

It would be good for Neil to watch the new documentary, “Cowspiracy,” and then encourage his fans to watch it too.

And if Neil gave up eating meat, he’d set a good example and he’d feel a lot better too.

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” There’s info about it here.]

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