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Not sure how I’ve gone my whole life without hearing this story, but better late than never, I suppose. Graham Nash was promoting his new book on Fresh Air a week or so back and told this humdinger about hearing Neil Young’s Harvest for the first time:

The man is totally committed to the muse of music. And he’ll do anything for good music. And sometimes it’s very strange. I was at Neil’s ranch one day just south of San Francisco, and he has a beautiful lake with red-wing blackbirds. And he asked me if I wanted to hear his new album, “Harvest.” And I said sure, let’s go into the studio and listen.

Oh, no. That’s not what Neil had in mind. He said get into the rowboat.

I said get into the rowboat? He said, yeah, we’re going to go out into the middle of the lake. Now, I think he’s got a little cassette player with him or a little, you know, early digital format player. So I’m thinking I’m going to wear headphones and listen in the relative peace in the middle of Neil’s lake.

Oh, no. He has his entire house as the left speaker and his entire barn as the right speaker. And I heard “Harvest” coming out of these two incredibly large loud speakers louder than hell. It was unbelievable. Elliot Mazer, who produced Neil, produced “Harvest,” came down to the shore of the lake and he shouted out to Neil: How was that, Neil?

And I swear to god, Neil Young shouted back: More barn!


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6 Responses to More Barn!

  1. Alex October 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Ha. This same anecdote caught my attention and inspired me to post on my blog as well.

  2. Mark William Wales October 29, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    haha! That’s possibly one of the best stories EVER!

  3. Jonas November 1, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    I think Neil tells this story in Shakey or in Waging Heavy Peace. It’s a good one.

  4. the Outage November 5, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    Dig it.

    If I’m remembering right, Neil Young is passionate about good listening experiences for his audience. He’s railed against digital compression (e.g. MP3s) during his talk show appearances. I would be astonished if he encouraged *anyone* to don white earbuds.

  5. Seth November 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Love it. I laughed.

    Out loud.


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