Sunday, May 26, 2024

Neil Young’s Music Isn’t Completely Off Spotify, There’s Still Quite a Lot He Can’t Control


Neil Young has now loudly pulled all his solo albums off of Spotify. He’s protesting the streamer’s loyalty to podcaster Joe Rogan, a right wing lunatic who dispenses false information about COVID and vaccines.

Gone from Spotify are Young’s beloved bestsellers such as “After the Goldrush” and “Harvest,”  not to mention “Comes a Time,” and “Rust Never Sleeps” plus a couple dozen others.

But Neil Young is still available on Spotify because the prolific rocker has a lot of other music out there. His records with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills Nash & Young all remain, as well a plethora of guest star performances on other albums.

The result is that “Southern Man” is removed, but the live version with CSNY is still available. You can still stream “Mr. Soul” and “Expecting to Fly” from the Springfield, and so on. Besides the CSNY album “Deja Vu,” which people of a certain age know by heart, there’s a group album from 1999 called “Looking Forward” that I’ve totally forgotten but has some pretty good Young songs and vocals.

Spotify is like the Hotel California: you can check in but you can never check out!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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