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David Carr On Neil Young: Sharing Time With A Musical Giant

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Neil Young, 2008 (wikimedia commons)

New York Times columnist David Carr died suddenly last night; he was 58. Carr was widely respected, and even more tellingly, widely liked – The Takeaway offers a sampling of tweets from Carr’s fellow journalists that suggests how big a loss this is. We here at WNYC will certainly miss him: Carr was a welcome guest on many of our shows, talking about many topics. Here is his last appearance on Soundcheck in 2012, after he’d spent some time hanging around with Neil Young for a large feature piece he’d written.

If you’re a Neil Young fan, you have a lot to be thankful for lately. The singer-songwriter published a memoir this week called Waging Heavy Peace. And Young’s band Crazy Horse released a new song from an upcoming album. But if you’re a reporter -- well, the famously reclusive Neil Young might make you a little nervous. David Carr recently visited Neil Young at his Broken Arrow ranch in California. In the profile that resulted, Carr wrote that reporters are not Neil Young’s “favorite species of human.”

In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Carr gives the story behind the story, admitting he was "sweating bullets" on his way to Young's famous ranch.

Check out a video for the new Neil Young & Crazy Horse song, "Walk Like a Giant."


David Carr

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