We have always been Moonbats
Things that make Michelle Malkin nostalgic. Photo by John Filo
I think that everything worth saying about Neil Young’s Living With War has already been said but I wanted to remind people that, regardless of the hype about the immediacy of the internets yadda yadda yadda, there was once a time when we didn’t have computers like we do today (no…really. You can look it up) to spread the word and that Neil Young wrote, and along with David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash, recorded and released the legendary Ohio within ten days after the shootings at Kent State.
BH: I’ve heard that story and I’ve read that story and all I know is he came in with the song and they had rehearsed it. I love the way the B-side got to be. And the B-side is “Find the Cost of Freedom”. While they were listening to the mix and finishing up the mix they said “we don’t have a B-side, we need a B-side for this.”
So they had been rehearsing also “Find the Cost of Freedom” because they did that at the close of the show. So I went out and set up four chairs so they’d be knee to knee sitting facing each other and set up four vocal mics and a guitar mic for Stephen because he was gonna play guitar. Once I was set up they went out there and sat knee to knee with the four vocal mics and Stephen started playing guitar and then they started singing and sang it through. And before they could come in I rewound the tape, put it on another five tracks, and rolled it again, and they heard the guitar so they knew what was going on and waited for the vocal to come in and Stephen played along with himself, a little on guitar, played the little fills and stuff…
In fifteen minutes we had “Find the Cost of Freedom”.
We air freighted tapes to New York and I also know, well I don’t know, as I recall we had some acetates cut in LA and Atlantic in LA got it on the radio there and as fast as they could they got it mastered and pressed in New York.
TB: Do you recall hearing it on the radio for the first time.
BH: No. I do recall that AM wouldn’t play it and it was very controversial that AM wouldn’t play it and FM, the underground, all the FM stations started playing it… and it got up in the 30s or so just with FM play and at that point FM was pretty underground and AM was the deal. But they tried to ban it.”
This is good site for info on the Kent State shootings, lest we forget.