Neil Young Goes Record Shopping
(and finds bootleg Records!)
In this video that was filmed in the early 70's Young finds bootlegged vinyl copies of Dylan and CSNY (Crosby Stills Nash & Young) albums at a record store, and confronts the clerk, who has no idea who he is. The clerk stammers and stutters, Neil demands answers and then dramatically walks out with the CSNY bootleg album, forcing the clerk to pull him back in and call a higher-up. Then Neil makes a case for his musical property.
(All while The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour plays in the background.)
Has Young changed his tune since then? In a 2012 interview at D: Dive into Media with Walt Mossberg and Peter Kafka, Young said he isn’t particularly concerned with the effects of piracy on artists:
“It doesn’t affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio. I look at the radio as gone. […] Piracy is the new radio. That’s how music gets around. […] That’s the radio.
"If you really want to hear it, let’s make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it.”
Young defended both record companies and pirates, while appearing to be most concerned with the quality of the music being delivered to consumers, arguing that CDs and digital downloads offered a dismal listening experience.... He has also pulled his albums from the streaming services, saying that the format “is the worst audio in history.”
Crosby Stills Nash & Young bootleg album
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