Sunday, February 5, 2017

Thirty Days of Politics # 2 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

This one says exactly the opposition of yesterday's selection from Talking Heads. It just screams, DO WORRY ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT!!! Written and recorded immediately after the Kent State University shootings in 1970.

One day in the middle of May, almost exactly 40 years ago, Neil Young was hanging out at the house of his road manager, Leo Makota, in Pescadero, California, when his bandmate, David Crosby, handed him the latest issue of Life magazine. It contained a vivid account and shocking photographs of the killing of four students by the Ohio national guard during a demonstration against the Vietnam war at Kent State University on 4 May. Sitting outside on Makota's sunlit porch, Young took a guitar proffered by Crosby and, in short order, wrote a song about the killings: Ohio. "I remember getting nuts at the end of the song, I was so moved," Crosby told Young's biographer Jimmy McDonough. "I was freaked out because I felt it so strongly, screaming, 'Why? Why?'"

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