What Neil Young’s massive, monetized Archives dump means for the music industry

When Neil Young revealed plans to release every song he has ever recorded, on his own bespoke online streaming portal, it was just the latest, greatest piece of mindful self-curation from an artist who has historically enjoyed a contrary control over his own storied musical archives. Equally ingenious and indulgent, Young’s forthcoming interactive depository also surely represents the single most brazen bid by any artist of any age to regulate, and presumably profit from, their back catalogue in the digital era. Unveiled by the 71-year-old rocker in a rambling open letter – posted on the web address neilyoungarchives.com earlier this … Continue reading What Neil Young’s massive, monetized Archives dump means for the music industry

Growing pains: The nasty noughties and Neil Young’s difficult decade

As the iconic singer songwriter celebrates his 65th birthday, Rob Garratt looks back over Neil Young’s erratic, infuriating recent works. At the turn of the millennium, it looked like Neil Young was content to drift into old age with decorum and grace. Having not put out an album for four whole years, he celebrated his 55th birthday – and the turn of the millennium – with the low-key Silver and Gold, an introspective acoustic record which was by far his quietest, safest release to date. It was a harsh contrast to a decade earlier. At the turn of nineties, the … Continue reading Growing pains: The nasty noughties and Neil Young’s difficult decade