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This is the ONLY relevant study that unequivocally proves that the Genetic Modification, ITSELF, independent of Roundup, shocks the poor plant, which then goes into oxidative stress and depletes Glutathione, the most important anti-oxidant, and accumulates formaldehyde, a cancer causing chemical. This shows that a GMO is not "substantially equivalent" to the non-GMO.
END OF DEBATE
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I used to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one.
Starbucks has teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont, and stop accurate food labeling.
Tell Starbucks to withdraw support for the lawsuit -- we have a right to know what we put in our mouths.
Starbucks doesn't think you have the right to know what's in your coffee. So it's teamed up with Monsanto to sue the small U.S. state of Vermont to stop you from finding out.
Hiding behind the shadowy "Grocery Manufacturers Association," Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that's aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labeled. Amazingly, it claims that the law is an assault on corporations' right to free speech.
Monsanto might not care what we think -- but as a public-facing company, Starbucks does. If we can generate enough attention, we can push Starbucks to withdraw its support for the lawsuit, and then pressure other companies to do the same.
Vermont is a small, entirely rural state with just 600,000 people. It's a classic David and Goliath fight between Vermont and Monsanto. Considering that Starbucks has been progressive on LGBT and labor issues in the past, it's disappointing that it is working with the biggest villain of them all, Monsanto.
There's much more at stake here than just whether GMO foods will be labeled in a single U.S. state. Vermont is the very first state in the U.S. to require labeling. Dozens of other states have said that they will follow this path -- in order to encourage this, we need to ensure that Vermont's law stands strong.
That's why Monsanto and its new allies are fighting so hard to kill GMO labeling in Vermont.
But whatever you think of GMOs, corporations should not be using massive lawsuits to overturn legitimate, democratic decisions with strong public backing.
SumOfUs is already fighting back -- they helped Vermont raise almost a quarter of a million dollars to defend themselves against Monsanto's bullying! Help them by going to SumOfUs and registering to donate or sign a petition. The next strategic step is to pressure and call out members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the shadowy body leading the lawsuit. Your backing can help.
Add your voice now. Tell Starbucks to stop supporting the lawsuit against Vermont.
Thanks for caring!
Nov 9, 2014
Vancouver BC Canada
For as little as $5,000, accredited investors can purchase shares in PonoMusic and become an owner of the company.
August 14, 2014
PonoMusic's revolution is stirring unprecedented interest in the music community's high resolution digital music market, as the startup's successful Kickstarter campaign recently raised $6.2M from over 18,000 backers the third largest Kickstarter campaign ever far surpassing even the campaign initiated by Oculus Rift.
Now Neil Young and PonoMusic are continuing their crowdfunding momentum by launching an equity crowdfunding campaign exclusively on Crowdfunder.com at PonoMusic on Crowdfunder. Accredited investors can invest as little as $5,000 and become an equity owner in PonoMusic alongside Neil.
Neil and the team at PonoMusic are excited about democratizing the investment process of PonoMusic by giving their Kickstarter backers, and anyone who loves music, the opportunity to now invest and become an owner in Pono.
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July 19, 2014
Pegi Young & The Survivors hit the road in California, supporting their new album, "Lonely In A Crowded Room " to be released on New West Records, October 28.
Look for Pegi Young & The Survivors at Farm Aid and the Newport Folk Festival this year.
Tweet MR YOUNG GOES TO WASHINGTON
By Brooks Hays, UPI, April 26, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A little more than a week after the State Department announced a delay on the final Keystone XL decision, pipeline opponents got another boost, this one from rock 'n' roll legend Neil Young.
Young joined the group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders who have been camped out on the National Mall for nearly a week protesting the pipeline.
Asked what had motivated him to join the protest, Young said: "The world, the basis of everything."
Young was quick to point out that each gallon of gasoline wrung from the Canadian tar-sands adds another four pounds of CO2 to the atmosphere. "The oil being taken from the ground in Canada is three times uglier, three times as damaging as the stuff from Saudi Arabia," Young added. "It's time to turn the corner on this abuse."
Young said he and the group of ranchers, farmers and Native Americans -- known collectively as the Cowboy and Indian Alliance -- hope the protest sends a strong message to President Obama and the American people, a message that the environment needs to be protected.
"Maybe we can make a statement for world history," Young said.
The rock icon and the Cowboy and Indian Alliance -- including leaders from Native American tribes like the Dene, Cree and Metis Peoples -- were joined by protesters from across the United States, as well as actress and avid environmentalist Daryl Hannah.
Rich Rusk, who hails from Athens, Georgia and wandered the protest grounds armed with his fly rod, said he came on behalf of fly fishermen. Rusk serves as the secretary for the Georgia Climate Change Coalition, which sent a delegation to join the chorus of environmental activists.
"We see the impacts of pollution and climate change on our fish," Rusk said. As a group, fly fisherman come from a diverse range of political perspectives, Rusk acknowledged. "But we'll stay together on climate issues like this."
The Saturday protest featured music and speeches followed by a procession around the Capitol. The week-long encampment is expected to end Sunday with a traditional ceremony led by Tribal elders.
By Coral Davenport, New York Times, January 23, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Coca-Cola has always been more focused on its economic bottom line than on global warming, but when the company lost a lucrative operating license in India because of a serious water shortage there in 2004, things began to change.
Today, after a decade of increasing damage to Coke's balance sheet as global droughts dried up the water needed to produce its soda, the company has embraced the idea of climate change as an economically disruptive force.
"Increased droughts, more unpredictable variability, 100-year floods every two years," said Jeffrey Seabright, Coke's vice president for environment and water resources, listing the problems that he said were also disrupting the company's supply of sugar cane and sugar beets, as well as citrus for its fruit juices. "When we look at our most essential ingredients, we see those events as threats."
Coke reflects a growing view among American business leaders and mainstream economists who see global warming as a force that contributes to lower gross domestic products, higher food and commodity costs, broken supply chains and increased financial risk. Their position is at striking odds with the longstanding argument, advanced by the coal industry and others, that policies to curb carbon emissions are more economically harmful than the impact of climate change.
Tweet LINCVOLT PROVES YOU DON'T NEED THE TAR SANDS
June 13, 2013
Lincvolt is living proof. The big car has a lot to say. An 86% reduction in Greenhouse Gases per gallon of fossil fuel if you burn next-generation bio fuel instead of gasoline. That is the future. Cellulosic ethanol. Canada should be ashamed of the Alberta Tar Pits.
-- Neil Young.
"The tar sands have impacted First Nations so badly. I am 85 years old and us old people are having such a hard time today because this is not what we knew growing up. We used to drink the water straight from the streams and creeks, and now no one can do that. We don't know what is in the water now. I eat very little of the food I grew up on, moose, caribou, fish. it is all sick. We don't even eat the berries and medicines anymore because there is too much pollution in the air and the land. When I was growing up people just died of old age, now there are so many sicknesses that were never here before."
By Henry Doss, Forbes, January 14, 2013
"I am succeeding because people are talking about how they would do it better."
- Neil Young, Waging Heavy Peace
Innovation is not for the faint of heart, nor for those who lack the capacity for joy. Leading an innovation culture means living inside of chaos, while maintaining a focus on cardinal points; operating within demanding goals and financial requirements while remaining open to diverse and contradictory points of view; sometimes "losing your way to find your way." Above all else, though, authentic leadership is about experiencing and celebrating the joy of innovation. And if you are looking for a good role model -- someone who best exemplifies all the traits of innovation leadership -- you need look no further than Neil Young.
There are countless books, monographs, studies, articles and blogs addressing the issues of leadership and innovation, and more coming every day. But Neil Young's recently released autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace. may serve as the best innovation case study out there. For those who study the "how" of innovation, and in particular the often mysterious challenge of leading innovation, Young's life story captures it all in one compelling read.
Throughout his long and storied career, Neil Young has been a virtual factory of songs, musical innovation, ideas, inventions and a near-constant stream of new product. Lest we miss the obvious, his life and work would fit the most stringent definition of a successful business: consistent revenue generation; consistent innovative product releases; nurturing of intellectual and human capital; a strong, well-maintained brand. And at the core of this lifetime of business success are two critical innovation principles consistently applied, day in and day out, in real time, in the real world.
First, and foremost, is Young's steady, constant leadership of his own innovation ecosystem. As with any authentic leader, his concern is not about himself, or what he creates, but with how his actions inspire, challenge and cause others to create. "I am succeeding because people are talking about how they would do it better." This quotation from Young's book captures the essence of innovation leadership better than any other business, professional or academic study of leadership. Simply stated, we cause innovation when we are more concerned about how others are "doing it better," than we are with ourselves. This is the confounding irony of leadership - that innovation requires both strong individual leadership and a powerful commitment to selflessness. Individual leaders are more successful -- and more innovative -- to the degree their focus is on the success of others before their own.
Second is the "virtual innovation ecosystem" that Young built around his music and restless inventing. Throughout his long (and future!) career, he instinctively nurtured the key elements of innovative ecosystems. His is a world of learning by doing, of enhancing and celebrating diversity and building an environment of trust. The components of innovative systems -- diversity, trust, iterative experimentation, rapid failure, and so on- are well-known and well-studied. These constitute the "whats" of innovation. Innovation leaders like Neil Young provide the "how" of innovation, the steady hand that supports diverse, inquisitive and adventurous communities through the messiness and chaos of innovation.
What Neil Young gives us in Waging Heavy Peace is a compelling story about leading innovative people, and nurturing the various components of innovative systems into the proper mix. Any organization would do well to study this narrative and learn from it. Selfless leadership, driven by a near-obsessive desire to create, will almost always lead to good things. And one of those things will be joy. Keep on rockin' in the free world.
(Henry Doss is a venture capitalist, student, musician and volunteer in higher education. His firm, T2VC, builds startups and the ecosystems that grow them. His university, UNC Charlotte, is a leading research institution with a small college feel. His band, Amygdala Hijack, makes sounds. )
David Miliband, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom from 2007-2010, is a Member of Parliament.
THE LAW OF THE SEA'S NEXT WAVE
by David Miliband, Project-Syndicate.org, December 12, 2012
LONDON - Thirty years ago, the Cold War was at its height and the United Kingdom had just clawed its way out of recession. Perhaps those factors explain why, this week in 1982, when 119 government delegations chose to sign the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the UK was not among them. According to Donald Rumsfeld, Britain's then-prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, declared UNCLOS to be "nothing less than the international nationalization of roughly two-thirds of the Earth's surface."
Fifteen years later, when the UK finally acceded to UNCLOS under a Labour government, the convention was applying, for the first time in history, an internationally agreed legal framework to the majority of coastal waters around the world. Countries' rights to fish, minerals, and other resources were enshrined in law, with recourse to international adjudication should disputes arise. The right of free passage on the high seas was assured.
Britain and other countries must now learn from, rather than repeat, the Thatcher government's mistake. A new debate is emerging about how we govern and exercise stewardship over the high seas - the 45% of the Earth's surface that lies beyond national jurisdictions.
We know that a resource crunch of unprecedented scale is coming. Non-oil commodity prices have risen precipitously in the last decade. The high seas can provide food, minerals, and novel resources for technology and medicine. But the weaknesses of the current governance regime, epitomized by rampant illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing, threaten to undermine the global security and sustainability to which well managed oceans can contribute.
NEIL YOUNG DISCUSSES NEW PONO SYSTEM ON LETTERMAN SHOW
September 28, 2012
Learn about Pono at mypono.com.
By Aaron Sankin, Huffington Post, September 10, 2012
In the just over quarter-century that iconic rocker Neil Young has been putting on his Bridge School Benefit concert at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheater, the list of big name artists who have played the show has grown to nothing short of staggering. Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Elton John, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Metallica, Lou Reed, Brian Wilson, R.E.M. Dave Matthews Band and the Arcade Fire have all graced the stage.
Late last week, Young unveiled the lineup for the 2012 iteration of his annual fundraiser and, as always, it's a doozy.
In addition to Young's yearly performance, the two-day music festival will feature performances by Jack White, Guns N' Roses, The Flaming Lips, Sarah McLachlan, Foster the People, Lucinda Williams, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, k.d. lang & the Siss Boom Bang and Gary Clark Jr.
The most interesting addition here is the inclusion, for the first time ever, of the recently revived hair metal powerhouse Guns N' Roses. Less so because Axl Rose is actually out and about doing things, but because virtually all of the performances at Bridge School are acoustic.
Although if Metallica could bring down the house with an all-acoustic set in 1997, anything's possible.
Founded by Young and his wife Pegi in the mid-1980s, the Bridge School is non-profit educational facility located in Hillsborough that works to help people with severe linguistic and physical impairments participate more fully in their communities.
The concert will run on the weekend of October 20th and 21. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14.
Associated Press, posted August 6, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country legend Willie Nelson is on board for this year's Railroad Revival Tour.
He'll be joined by Jamey Johnson, Band of Horses and actor-musician John Reilly and Friends.
The train tour kicks off Oct. 20 in Duluth, Ga. and runs through Oct. 28 in Oakland, Calif. The artists will ride in vintage, 1940s railcars. They'll perform in open air, pop-up concert venues in parks, fields and lots around the railroad tracks where they stop.
Other stops include Memphis, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Old Town Spring, Texas; Tempe, Ariz.; and San Pedro, Calif.
Tickets are on sale now.
A documentary called Big Easy Express, featuring last year's trip with Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show, is out now on iTunes and DVD.
by Robert Shepherd, posted July 24, 2012
So-called "Monsanto riders," quietly slipped into the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill, would require--not just allow, but require--the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed.
That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org to Congress and President Barack Obama, which says:
Stop the Monsanto Riders. Unless a citizen's army of farmers and consumers can stop them, Congress is likely to ram these dangerous
riders through any day now.
(The petition was created on SignOn.org)
WOODY GUTHRIE AT 100: THE RETURN OF A PARIAH
Woody Guthrie was shunned by his home state. Now Oklahoma can finally embrace the singer-songwriter's work.
by Billy Bragg, The Guardian, July 12, 2012
The construction team that kept hammering away all night outside my hotel window in downtown Tulsa are gone by the morning, the fierce glare of the Oklahoma summer forcing them into the shade to rest. A few blocks away there are streets full of empty buildings, signs that the oil boom of the past decade is long past. Tulsa sure could do with some regeneration.
Woody Guthrie was born not far from here 100 years ago, and as people all over the world celebrate his life and work this weekend, Oklahoma has still to come to terms with the legacy of its wayward son. In this conservative midwest state, Woody's work is still viewed through the prism of the McCarthy era, when the state department accused folk singers of "un-American activities."
However, it's not what Woody did in the 1940s that still riles people in these parts. It's what his followers did in the 60s that made Woody a pariah in his home state. For Woody was the original singer-songwriter, the first to use his voice not just to entertain, but to ask why people should remain dirt poor in a country as rich as the US.
It was Woody's words that prompted the young Robert Zimmerman to leave his home in the Iron Range of Minnesota and head for New York. Changing his name to Bob Dylan and singing as if he came from the red dirt of Oklahoma, he inspired a generation of articulate young Americans to unleash a torrent of criticism against the complacency of their unequal society. The fact that Woody was a hero to that generation of long-haired freaks ensured that he and his songs would remain largely unsung in Oklahoma.
Yet perceptions change. In the 1990s Woody's daughter, Nora Guthrie, began a labour of love, gathering up all her father's papers and creating the Woody Guthrie Archive in New York City. The man who emerged from the countless boxes of songs, prose and drawings was a much more complex figure than the Dust Bowl balladeer of legend.
FARM AID RETURNS TO PENNSYLVANIA
By Yvonne P Mazzulo, Examiner.com, July 9, 2012
Farm Aid today announced that its annual benefit concert will return to Pennsylvania on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Hersheypark Stadium. Farm Aid 2012 will feature Willie Nelson and fellow Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, with Tim Reynolds, as well as Jack Johnson, ALO, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.
Farm Aid has a rich history in Pennsylvania. Farm Aid has long collaborated with and supported organizations and organizers in our state who are growing the Good Food Movement, including innovators at the forefront of the organic and the Buy Fresh Buy Local movements.
Read more here.
RELEASE SCHEDULE FOR "JOURNEYS" ANNOUNCED
RICHARD BRANSON: PLUNDERING THE NEW WILD WEST
If we don't do something now, whales, dolphins, sharks and coral reefs will become the stuff of history lessons for our children's children
by Richard Branson, Business Day, June 18, 1012
The oceans are our planet's new frontier, a huge area only partly explored and little regulated, where both outlaws and law-abiding citizens are legally plundering the planet's resources. While 15% to 20% of the earth's land area is designated as "protected," with status as national parks or conservation areas, less than 1% of the world's oceans -- which cover 70% of the surface -- enjoy the same protections. This needs to change fast, because our oceans are dying.
Read more here. AMERICANA BLURAY AVAILABLE
June 5, 2012
For those of you who want to hear 100 %, of the audio, the Americana Bluray is the place to get it. Even the new "mastered for I-tunes" tracks available of CrazyHorse's Americana will have only 5% of the original audio while the CD has just 15%. The Bluray has 100%. On the Bluray you can hear all of the nuances of the CrazyHorse sound exactly as recorded by John Hanlon at Audio Casablanca Studio. If you want the best, now you have a choice. The Americana Bluray also contains 12 videos of the Americana songs, with an alternate version of "Clementine," plus documentary footage of the Americana choir as it was being recorded at East West Studios in LA.
Get the Bluray "Americana" here.
The only other place to get the quality audio is the vinyl Americana, which originates from the original audio masters.
Click here to see the Audio Casablanca studio as it plays back "Horseback," although you will not be hearing the audio quality on this lo res MP3 stream. NEW NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE ALBUM DUE JUNE 5
March 20, 2012
On June 5th, Neil Young & Crazy Horse will release a very special album titled AMERICANA, which is the first Neil Young & Crazy Horse in nearly nine years.
AMERICANA is collection of classic, American folk songs. In their day, some of these may have been referred to as "protest songs", "murder ballads", or campfire-type songs passed down with universal, relatable tales for everyman.
Stay tuned to hear the first song soon, and info on how to pre-order Americana! And check out the tracklisting!
Get A Job
High Flyin' Bird
This Land Is Your Land
God Save The Queen
NEIL YOUNG REUNITES WITH CRAZY HORSE
Jambands.com, February 13, 2012
Neil Young & Crazy Horse formally reunited over the weekend. The group played a cover of The Beatles' classic "I Saw Her Standing There" during a MusiCares Gala honoring Sir. Paul McCartney on Friday night. The gala took place at Los Angeles' Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday night as part of a series of pre-Grammy events. Young and Crazy Horse--which features Frank Sampedro, Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina--have not shared the stage since March 21, 2004. Young and Crazy Horse are currently working on two new studio projects, including an album of re-imagined children's songs. Young announced the group's return during Sundance in January and wet fans' appetite by releasing a jammy rehearsal video a few weeks ago.
PAUL MCCARTNEY GETS HIS STAR ON HOLLY- WOOD WALK OF FAME
by Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, February 9, 2012
There's no shortage of stars, real and imagined, visible along Hollywood's Walk of Fame, but even by Tinseltown standards, Paul McCartney ramped up the quotient Thursday in getting his own belated star.
The former Beatle drew several hundred fans who packed a cordoned-off section of Vine Street outside Capitol Records for the ceremony.
He brought several Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member pals along for the ride, including Neil Young, who gave McCartney a cheery introduction, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and pop music power couple Elvis Costello and Diana Krall. Jazz great Herbie Hancock was there as well as musician-producer Don Was and former Electric Light Orchestra leader/Traveling Wilburys member Jeff Lynne. McCartney's wife, Nancy, and son, James, also attended the ceremony.
"Let me tell you a little bit about our friend Paul here just as a musician," said Young, wearing a black leather Buffalo Springfield tour jacket. "When I was in high school and the Beatles came out, I loved the Beatles and I tried to learn how to play like them, and no one could figure out what Paul was doing on the bass. Not only was he playing differently because he plays left-handed, he played notes that no one had put together before -- in a way that made us stand in awe of this great musician."
"I'm so proud to be doing this," he added. "As a musician, as a songwriter, Paul's craft and his art are truly at the top of his game, the way Charlie Chaplin was an actor. He has an ability to put melodies and feelings and chords together, but it's the soul that he puts into everything he does that makes me feel so good and so happy to be here."
McCartney then stepped to the microphone and first acknowledged his debt to "three other guys -- so thanks, John, George and Ringo."
Although Starr, the only other surviving Beatle, lives in Southern California, McCartney said, "Ringo's a little under the weather, so he's not here." The comment drew sighs of disappointment from onlookers.
"When I was growing up in Liverpool and listening to Buddy Holly and the other rock 'n' roll greats, I never thought I'd ever come to get a star on the Walk of Fame," said McCartney, 69 -- a sentiment probably shared by members of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who had been after him to accept the award ever since it was approved for him in 1993. "But here we are today," he said. v"Today," not coincidentally, was the 48th anniversary of the Beatles' game-changing U.S. television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The ceremony also came synergistically just two days after the release of McCartney's latest album, "Kisses on the Bottom," a collection of mostly pre-rock pop songs he loved as a child, supplemented by two originals.
Always the Beatle most attuned to business matters, he closed his succinct speech by telling fans and others "around the world that I send you all hugs and kisses on the bottom."
It's a particularly busy week for McCartney: After the star ceremony, he was slated to do a live performance in one of Capitol's recording studios to be streamed live at 7 tonight on iTunes and Apple TV. On Friday, he's the guest of honor at the Recording Academy's annual MusiCares Person of the Year all-star tribute gala and fundraiser. And Sunday, he's on tap to perform during the Grammy Awards telecast.
Many fans who showed up in Hollywood brought various bits of memorabilia in hopes of snagging an autograph: One teenage girl had a worn LP copy of his first solo album, 1970's "McCartney." Others leaned across metal police barricades with copies of "A Hard Day's Night," "Beatles for Sale," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," books, photos and a plethora of other items.
Only one succeeded: On his way back into the Capitol building, McCartney spotted Fullerton 18-year-old Paul Madariaga holding up a Hofner bass guitar like the one McCartney first popularized nearly half a century ago when he was just out of his teens. McCartney gave a nod and the instrument was handed to him. The world's most famous bassist hoisted it aloft, as he often does at the end of his concerts, scribbled his name across the front with a hastily supplied Sharpie and passed it back to Madariaga.
Score one for the kid.
NEIL YOUNG, WILL.I.AM IN TOKYO
Kyodo News, December 15, 2011
Veteran rocker Neil Young speaks during an event at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Tokyo on Dec. 14, 2011. Young and Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas, a popular hip hop group, expressed their desire to support a public-private partnership led by the U.S. and the Japanese governments to aid reconstruction of areas hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The initiative named "Tomodachi" (friends) was forged to support companies and people affected by the disaster through cultural exchange and other events in cooperation with private firms. NEIL YOUNG AT THE SWU FESTIVAL
November 7, 2011
Just a one-hour flight from Rio, Sao Paulo is a fast-paced, cosmopolitan megalopolis and Brazil's cultural center with a lively music and arts scene. This week Sao Paulo will host the Starts With You Music & Arts Festival from November 12-14, which features an impressive line up of global artists playing hip hop, reggae, rock and world music.
The SWU festival also focuses on a sustainability theme throughout the event. Appearing for a speaking engagement is Canadian Rock Icon and Forward Thinker, Neil Young.
The 2nd Global Forum on Sustainability brings together 26 speakers for three days of discussions on environmental, social and economic sustainability. In addition to Mr. Young, the list of speakers includes names such as the musician Bob Geldof (creator of Live Aid), the Nobel Prize for Peace Rigoberta Menchu, the former Presidential candidate Marina Silva and actress Daryl Hannah (of the films "Splash" and "Kill Bill").
Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to watch a special screening of the new concert film by Jonathan Demme, "Neil Young Journeys." "JOURNEYS" TO BE RELEASED BY SONY CLASSICS IN APRIL 2012
Neil Young and director Jonathan Demme working on "Journeys" in a New York editing suite, July 2011. "JOURNEYS" SCREENED IN TORONTO
"Neil Young Journeys" - the new film from Jonathan Demme that captures Neil's 2011 Massey Hall show plus footage on the road in his 1956 Ford Crown Victoria - screened at the Toronto Festival on Monday, September 12, 2011 at Princess Of Wales.
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NEIL AT DREAMFORCE
September 12, 2011
Neil recently was highlighted as a speaker at the Dreamforce convention, where he spoke about how he uses their feature "Chatter."
Watch the interview here!
U2 OPENS FOR NEIL
September 10, 2011
U2's documentary "From The Sky Down" opened this weekend at the Toronto Film Festival, just before the screening of "Neil Young Journeys."
Read a review of the U2 film here.
"LE NOISE" AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY, DVD, CD
Neil Young's new album, produced by Daniel Lanois, is in stores as DVD, CD & vinyl, and online at iTunes. The Blu-Ray version is available exclusively from Amazon.
NEIL YOUNG'S ENVIROPOCALYPTIC COMIC TERRORIZES GREENDALE
By Scott Thill, Wired.com, June 16, 2010
Neil Young's stirring Greendale started life in 2003 as a crunchy concept album about the enviropocalypse, and quickly became an indie film. The inevitable graphic novel arrives in bookstores Wednesday, viralizing the War on Terra for comics geeks and new adopters.
"Neil gave us a lot of freedom to interpret the story, so I think of our Greendale like a cover song," artist Cliff Chiang told Wired.com in an e-mail. "[Greendale writer Joshua Dysart] and I wanted to create something that readers unfamiliar with the music could appreciate, but also give fans an alternative look at the album."
What the comic distinctly offers, as one can see in the exclusive panels above and below. are hazily nightmarish specters of environmental dread and lost innocence. Young's epic rock opera, recorded with his long-time collaborators in Crazy Horse, conjured dark pictures of a rural community torn apart by oil wars and dumb media. Chiang's subdued, surreal art delivers an arresting visual dimension to the rock legend's spiral narrative that's as whimsical as it is fearsome.
"The CIA did studies on different media and their effectiveness in transmitting propaganda," Dysart told Wired.com in an e-mail. "And it turned out that comics were cheap to make and distribute and caused a lasting impact in the mind of the reader. We're a hypervisual animal, and you don't need anything to receive the message in a comic but functioning eyes."
The same applies to those comics -- like Dysart, Chiang and Young's Greendale, published by DC Comics' mature imprint Vertigo -- that would employ hypervisuals to critique the new millennium's mounting ills.
"I would say comics are a perfect vehicle for that," Dysart said, "if only because we're egalitarian in our mode of production and consumption. Much of the medium is stuck in a spandex ghetto. But that's largely due to the limited perception the American consumer has of comics. The truth is we are limited only by our readership, not by our ability as a medium."
Greendale's politicized metafiction kicks into overdrive when Young's devilishly grinning mug shows up on the face of the narrative's evil stranger, who arrives in town to terrorize the Earth-sensitive Green family with rapacious scams and lethally bad luck. Young's die-hard fans can probably spot the rock legend's avatar elsewhere in the comic.
"I should point out that Jed Green also resembles Neil from the early '70s," Chiang said. "We wanted you to feel [Young's] presence throughout the book."
Chiang and Dysart, who's also penning DC's perpetual war comic Unknown Soldier, have been Young fans for a while. They've admired both his views and his music, and been chiefly impressed by the songwriter's willingness to express both with compelling conviction.
In an increasingly turbulent new millennium -- where even legendarily apolitical bands like the Pixies are being called "cultural terrorists" for canceling a tour stop in Israel, while traditionally hyperpolitical bands like Rage Against the Machine are launching sonic strikes at Arizona -- rocktivist lifers like Young are beacons in a mind-numbing popscape.
"I'm a huge fan of Neil," Dysart said. "He comes from an era when music was considered an instrument of social change. To ask him to be something different would be asking a bird to take a bus south for the winter. But his work speaks to the humanist arc. First and foremost, his songs are about the politics of being human."
NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW REVIEWS: Source: neilyoung.com