NEIL YOUNG – ” Lookin’ For A Leader “

Posted: August 17, 2020 in MUSIC

Neil Young Announces New EP, ‘The Times’

Neil Young has announced plans to remove all Facebook and Google logins from his Neil Young Archives website.

This announcement is nothing terribly new, as the 74-year-old politically-minded rocker has railed against Facebook since the aftermath of the 2016 election. He delayed initial plans to purge Facebook logins back in March on account of the pandemic, stating that “asking people to make a transition now, would just add another complication to their lives and tax our customer support.” However the reasons for his stance against Google are much less clear.

In an email sent out to Neil Young Archives subscribers, the singer-songwriter stated that the transition will be an easy one that will require “just a few extra clicks.” After that, users’ accounts will be switched to their email address and a password for the login. After thanking his subscribers for bearing with this change, Young sites the Neil Young Archives Times-Contrarian motto, “Quality whether you want it or not!”. As for why Young is making this change, the email directs users to a post on NYA from February 21st, 2020. The post states that while the estimated cost of purging Facebook and Google logins from the site is roughly $20,000, the price is worth it.

“Facebook knowingly allows untruths and lies in its political ads to circulate on the platform, while bots sow discord among users,” the post reads in part. “Sowing dissent and chaos in our country via political disinformation is something we cannot condone. Simply put, Facebook is screwing with our election.”
Yet the post, titled “After Facebook”, lays out what the goals of the Neil Young Archive are, and they seem eerily similar to that of the social media platform.
NYA strives to be a place where music lovers can get all of my music at its highest quality, while keeping up on news and views from around the world that we wish to share.”

See the email from Neil Young Archives, obtained in part by Variety, as well as the original post announcing the reason for the split from Google and Facebook.

Alongside his official music video for “Lookin’ For A Leader 2020,” Neil Young has announced a new EP dubbed, The Times.

“I invite the President to play this song at his next rally,” Young wrote. “A song about the feelings many of us have about America today, it’s part of the The Times, and EP coming soon from Reprise Records – my home since 1968.” The original version of “Lookin’ For A Leader” appeared on Young’s 2006 album Living With War. According to a press release, “this timely 2020 update targets the problems we currently face.”

Young also recently announced that he has begun the process of removing social media log-ins from his Neil Young Archives website, now only allowing fans access with an email address.

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