Exclusive - Neil Young Extended Interview Pt. 1

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In this exclusive, unedited interview, the legendary musician admits to writing his memoir, "Waging Heavy Peace," without the help of ghosts. (5:37)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, THE LEGENDARY MUSICIAN WHOSE MEMOIR IS CALLED "WAGING HEAVY PEACE."

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM MR. NEIL YOUNG.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

>> THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR ASKING ME, HAVING ME.

>> Jon: WE'RE DELIGHTED TO HAVE YOU.

"WAGING HEAVY PEACE" IS THE BOOK.

I HAVE READ -- THERE HAVE BEEN A SPATE OF THESE THAT HAVE COME OUT, THESE SORT OF THE ROCK

LEGEND AUTOBIOGRAPHIES.

SO MANY OF THEM HAVE A FORMALITY TO THEM, I FELT READING THIS LIKE I WAS HANGING OUT WITH YOU

AS YOU PUTTERED AROUND YOUR GARAGE OR SOMEHOW WALKING AROUND -- (LAUGHTER).

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: -- INSIDE YOUR BRAIN.

IT'S SO -- YOU WROTE THIS YOURSELF.

>> YEAH, OH, YEAH.

YOU KNOW, GHOST WRITERS SCARE THE HELL OUT OF ME.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: NOBODY LIKES GHOSTS.

>> NOBODY LIKES GHOSTS.

(LAUGHTER) NO, I'M GUILTY AS CHARGED.

I WROTE IT.

>> Jon: BUT IT'S REALLY -- IT HAS SUCH A HOSPITABLE CHARM TO IT THAT -- AND YOUR IMAGE IS NOT

NECESSARILY AS WARM --

>> (LAUGHS).

>> Jon: -- AS THIS BOOK CLEARLY IS.

HAVE YOU BEEN HOLDING OUT ON US ALL THESE YEARS?

>> YOU KNOW, BEHIND THE SCENES I'M REALLY NICE.

>> Jon: (LAUGHS)

>> THIS GUY HERE IS JUST NOT HAPPY LOOKING.

I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY ALWAYS DO THAT.

>> Jon: (LAUGHS) IT'S THE PICTURES THAT MAKE YOU NOT HAPPY.

>> IT'S THE PICTURES THAT MAKE ME LOOK -- AND MAYBE SOME OF THE SONGS, OKAY.

(LAUGHTER) BUT THAT'S OKAY.

I'M -- I'M MOVING PAST THAT NOW.

I'M VERY POSITIVE.

>> Jon: THAT'S WHAT I FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT THE BOOK IS YOU HAVE -- I HAVE FOUND THAT IN

MY FAMILY AS I AGE I AM LESS WILLING TO SELF-REFLECT.

I AM MORE RIGID.

YOU SEEM THE OPPOSITE, GROWING AS AN INDIVIDUAL, ACTUALIZING AS A PERSON THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE.

YOU KNOW, YOU CAN STOP NOW.

(LAUGHTER)

>> YEAH.

I'M HAVING TROUBLE STOPPING, JON.

I KEEP GOING.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: I THINK THAT'S ADMIRABLE.

(APPLAUSE) THERE IS A -- YOU KNOW, FOR AN ARTIST SUCH AS YOURSELF-- AND I THINK PEOPLE DON'T RECOGNIZE HOW

ECLECTIC YOUR TALENTS REALLY ARE.

COULD YOU VERY VERY BRIEFLY, LIKE AN INVENTOR, MODEL TRAIN ENTHUSIAST, A PATENT HOLDER.

>> YEAH.

YEAH.

(LAUGHTER) BUT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S FUN --

>> Jon: YOU SHOULD READ THIS, IT'S A FASCINATING STORY.

(LAUGHTER) THAT GUY'S FASCINATING!

>> THAT GUY, HE'S SCATTERED.

>> Jon: NO!

>> NO, I LOVE DOING THINGS LIKE THAT.

I LOVE TRYING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS.

I LOVE TRYING TO MAKE THINGS BETTER IN MY -- JUST FOR ME, YOU KNOW?

I'M NOT TRYING TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

I WOULD JUST LIKE IT TO BE BET SORE THAT WHEN I LOOK AT IT, IT'S GREAT.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

NOT SO I CAN MAKE A MILLION DOLLARS OR EVEN A GO ZILLION.

ALTHOUGH MAKE A --

>> Jon: A GOZILLION, YOU COULD REALLY A LOT WITH THAT.

>> YEAH, YOU COULD.

>> Jon: DO YOU FEEL IT AS A PRESSURE?

OR JUST AS A STATE OF BEING?

DO YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND THINK "I'VE GOT TO MAKE SOMETHING OF THIS DAY" OR IT'S

JUST YOUR RHYTHM?

>> FOR INSTANCE, I'M WALKING DOWN THE STREET AND I SEE SOME BEAUTIFUL GIRL WALKING ALONG.

>> Jon: I'VE HAD THAT EXPERIENCE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> SO THAT'S IT.

WE'RE TOGETHER.

>> Jon: EXACTLY.

SIMPATICO.

>> AND SHE'S GOT THESE WHITE THINGS COMING OUT OF HER EARS AND I'M GOING "THAT POOR GIRL.

SHE'S LISTENING TO REAL CRAP."

>> Jon: (LAUGHS) AND I GO "IT'S SO EASY TO FIX THAT." AND THEN I PUT TOGETHER A TEAM

OF PEOPLE AND WE FIX IT.

>> Jon: THAT'S THE PONO.

SO THIS IS A MAN -- I NEVER REALIZED IT.

I THOUGHT YOU TAKE MUSE FRICK AN L.P. AND WHEN YOU COMPRESS IT, I DIDN'T REALIZE HOW MUCH OF IT --

OF THAT INFORMATION YOU LOSE.

HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT ADDRESSING THAT?

>> WELL, PEOPLE DON'T HAVE MP3 LISTENING PARTIES.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> THEY HAVE VINYL LISTENING PARTIES, A VINYL EVENING AT MY HOUSE OR SOMETHING.

AND PEOPLE -- LIKE MY OWN DAUGHTER IS HAVING HER WEDDING AND SHE'S SO EXCITED AND CALLED

ME UP "DADDY, I'VE GOT A D.J., THEY'RE ONLY GOING TO PLAY SOUL 45s, REAL 45s AND A

TURNTABLE." AND THEY'RE DOING THIS BECAUSE YOU CAN FEEL IT, YOU CAN HEAR IT.

SO I DON'T WANT TO GO ON A BIG RAP HERE, BUT THE 21st CENTURY DIGITAL, WHAT WE HAVE AT

PONO, IT'S NOT YOUR MOTHER'S DIGITAL.

>> Jon: I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT MY MOTHER STILL DOESN'T HAVE AN ANSWERING

MACHINE SO DON'T WORRY ABOUT -- (LAUGHTER).

IN TERMS OF DIGITAL YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT.

SHE STILL GETS MILK DELIVERED.

>> THOSE ARE MY TALKING POINTS.

>> Jon: WE'RE GOING TO GO -- HERE'S WHAT WE'LL DO.

WE'LL TAKE -- CAN YOU STICK AROUND FOR A FEW MINUTES?

>> OH, YEAH.

>> Jon: WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT THE INTERESTING LIFE.

I WANT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THE STORY WHERE YOU GAVE ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MARSHMALLOW

KEBOBS MADE OF POISON OAK.

>> THANK YOU, I CAN DO THAT.

>> Jon: WE'LL GET TO THAT.

THAT SOUNDS GOOD.

"WAGING HEAVY PEACE" IS ON THE BOOKSHELVES NOW.

GET IT TO LEARN THAT STORY AND HOW TO LISTEN TO REAL MUSIC WITH REAL INFORMATION AROUND IT.

NEIL YOUNG.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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