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Young, Neil - Here We Are In The Years
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There are interviews with some of the most accomplished and well-researched authors of books about rock and folk-rock, including Richie Unterberger and Johnny Rogan. (Check out Unterberger's wonderful "Turn! Turn! Turn!--the '60s folk-rock revolution" and "Eight Miles High--folk-rock's flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock;" Rogan's "Timeless Flight" seems to unearth fascinating new information about the Byrds with every new edition.) Those guys know what they're talking about.
The clips of Young performing are brief; some are from mainstream films, like "Rust Never Sleeps." But the concert clips with studio versions of the songs on the soundtrack seems like a cheap gimmick. But what's worse is when the soundtrack is playing an entirely different song. (Give us a LITTLE credit!) But even with that cheapening the whole thing, it's pretty engaging. While some the discussions about surf guitar and electronica do seem overlong, they're balanced by some very cool interviews with now-obscure musicians. (Quick--name a member of the Squires besides Neil Young.)
Neil Young's Music Box is a VERY in depth documentary, running two hours (didn't feel like it), taking us from his childhood to the present day in a very concise manner. There is a narrator for the general storyline and five or six "Talking heads" that are either friends of Neil or are in the music business. All are very helpful in moving the narrative along at a good clip.
Influences in Neil's musical life are what make up the bulk of this documentary, and while I wouldn't have thought to string the story of his life around such things, it ends up making a lot of sense by the conclusion of the film. We find out about the earliest of his heroes (Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison) and how they helped him emerge from an instrumental band and "Guitar Nerd" into the folk scene and eventually into Buffalo Springfield. The Beatles, and in particular George Harrison gave him the courage to finally start singing and also Harrison and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones became his new guitar heroes.Read more ›
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The doc could have more young in it.
I love Neil but a better doc is Eric Clapton, which includes a rock history of the 70s
Plenty of very interesting background with... Read more
Love Niel Young, but not much of him in this movie. Too much about all his influences and not enough of Niel!Published 1 month ago by Alan Sturm
I can sum up this documentary in one word. BORING. These so called film makers need to go to film school and learn the craft of film making before attempting to take on a subject... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JY
Not much more than two minutes of music in the entire documentary. Never really got into Young's music in the late 60's early 70's. Was busy fighting a war.Published 2 months ago by Douglas R. Harwood