NEIL YOUNG – ” Ohio “

Posted: November 1, 2018 in MUSIC

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Neil Young shared a new video on his website, taken from a live solo performance of his classic protest song, “Ohio,” which Young wrote and recorded with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1970 in response to the shooting of students protesting at Kent State in early May of that year.

The video, which mainly shows Young performing the tune on an electric guitar to a packed crowd while images of the shooting’s aftermath flash behind him, also includes images of modern student protests and ends with a group chanting, “Never again.”

“‘Ohio’ was written back in 1970 after seeing the cover of a magazine with a young girl kneeling beside her fallen friend,” Young writes on his website. “When the National Guard murdered four students at Ohio’s Kent State University for protesting the Vietnam war, it was a pivotal moment in our history. It was a pivotal moment for me. Today we see what we have become.”

Young explains that he made the video with his wife, Daryl Hannah for fans to “reflect on” the current state of gun laws in the US, along with the waves of student protests and calls for increased gun safety laws in the aftermath of widespread school shootings.

“With no real laws protecting us from guns, and with politicians supporting the NRA because the NRA supports them, we are not well represented. Today’s students are brave, demanding change in violent times. We stand by them. We are them. …Support our children. They want protection. Not more guns. Give us common sense gun laws that protect our people, in schools, in places of worship, in the workplace and on the streets. VOTE.”


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