Neil Young Research Paper

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When you listen through Neil Young’s discography it’s an experience much like walking through the history of rock and roll museum. Young’s career also tells a bigger story, one of our nations history of violence and war. His music has taken many different turns, in and out of bands, and even experimenting with different genres. He’s loved and hated by many for his music that addresses social and political issues. But whether you love him or hate him, you have to respect the musician that has a career spanning over five decades of American rock music. Young started his musical career in a band called The Squires back in 1963. Even in his first rock band Neil brought a progressive element to the music. The Squires had a sound that was kind…show more content…
In fact Neil comes back to work with each of these projects throughout the duration of his career. In the documentary film “Don’t be Denied,” Neil discloses that his relationships suffered because of his desire to follow the music. Young believed he had an obligation to put the music first in his life, without this desire would Neil have been able to write songs with the same intensity and emotion? In 1971 Neil Young along with Crosby, Stills, and Nash released “4 Way Street.” On this record Young wrote the song “Ohio,” a song that was written in response to the Kent State Shooting where 4 unarmed Kent State students were shot and killed by the Ohio National Guard. The song’s lyrics speak of empathy to the fallen students and fellow students who witnessed the tragedy. This song in my opinion shows Young’s true ability, articulating the feelings and emotions that were on so many people’s minds at this terrible time in our nations’ history and fitting all this into a rock song. Also on “4 Way Street” was the hit song “Southern Man.” This song also addresses sensitive issues in our country, particularly in the south with lyrics like “Southern change gonna come at last, now your crosses are burning fast.” He was later criticized by members of Lynyrd Skynyrd for his anti-southern remarks in a publicity fed news

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