Yesterday I unsubscribed from Spotify Premium and this morning I signed up for four free months of Amazon Music Unlimited – both thanks to Neil Young. Worldwide links to the AMU deal are here:
Spotify’s decision to Keep on rocking in The Free World prompting me to subscribe to their platform. Love their diverse podcasts.
Well that was a short thread😝
Spotify sucks. They can take their platform and stick it!
If I can be permitted a bit of thread drift, here is a quick story about Neil Young, which I think demonstrates what kind of person he is:
Some friends and I saw Booker T. and the MG’s at the Lone Star Roadhouse in NYC on January 16, 1992 (they were in NYC for the R&RHoF induction ceremony on January 21st). Neil Young was in the audience, sitting about five feet from where I was standing. After some encouragement from the band and the crowd, Neil went up on stage, borrowed Steve Cropper’s guitar, and he and the band tore into a ferocious version of “Baby What You Want Me to Do.” It is among the most memorable live music experiences of my life.
(I have always assumed that this impromptu January 1992 cameo of Neil sitting in with BT&tMG’s at the Lone Star was the genesis of their 1993 tour together.)
My group of friends who attended the Lone Star show included C.C., who is paralyzed from the waist down and confined to wheelchair. Neil Young invited C.C. to position himself at Neil’s table, right next to Neil. It was a small gesture, done with genuine sincerity, and it was incredibly moving for our group and those around us who witnessed it.
Young has always been genuine, Rogan has always been a genuine clown.
I posted my Neil Young experience a few days ago over in the Humor thread:
“…I got on an elevator in SF and there he was all by himself. We chatted all the way to the lobby with me mostly telling him how much I liked Harvest Moon and the reflection on Harvest. I went into the restaurant he went another direction. When it came time to pay, the waiter told me it was paid for as he pointed across the restaurant at Young who just nodded his head and went back to his newspaper.”
I’ve been a lifelong fan. Listening to Live at Massey Hall as I write this posting.
Good plan, Boot! I just subscribed too. Thanks.
And so the exodus continues…
“Graham Nash and India Arie on Tuesday announced plans to remove their music from Spotify”
And Joni Mitchell and Nils Lofgren
Keith don´t go !
Happy Cake Day!
I don´t use Spotify but thanks Elk. Let´s see where this protesting what Rogan podcasts or not ends.
I’m curious how many others will join. Seems there’s a pretty big movement for folks to cancel their Spotify accounts.
Spotify paid $100 million for exclusive access to Mr. Rogan’s podcasts and he is the number one podcaster anywhere. It will be interesting to watch what Spotify does when they have so much on the line.
It will be particularly intriguing if a musician with true firepower objects. Taylor Swift could end Joe Rogan with a single tweet.
Speech has consequences. The Washington State trooper who became a sort of cause celebre amongst the anit-vaccine crowd, died last week from Covid-19. He refused to comply with the state vaccine mandate and resigned after 20 years. He was 51 and left behind a wife and 4 children. How can someone behave so irresponsibly with a wife and 4 children? How many others have been influenced through his ignorance to behave just as irresponsibly? How many have been influenced by Joe Rogan’s ignorance to behave just as irresponsibly?
I don’t question Neil Young’s sincerity, I just wonder why anytime a song of his comes on I wish for an ice pick.
Anyone try Weezify?
“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
– Salman Rushdie
“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.”
– Ray Bradbury
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
– United Nations, [Universal Declaration of Human Rights]
“free thought—not … for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate"
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
In the US in general: “The First Amendment is narrowly qualified in its application to free speech. For example, child pornography, copyright infringing speech, speech involved in illegal conduct like conspiracies, defamation and calls for imminent violence receive no First Amendment protection.”
“Some of the most horrific crimes can occur using the facilitates of the internet: election fraud, disinformation, child sex trafficking, child pornography, insurrection and even murder. We can crack down on the internet companies or we can rely on them to self-regulate. There are perils in either course. Is the antidote to bad speech more speech or more regulation?”
FWIW/Food for thought.