Neil Young’s name has become synonymous with a special brand of rock music that came of age in the 60s, matured in the 70s, and burned on well past its contemporaries. From the laid back Buffalo Springfield, to the soaring harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, to his solo career, his songs and his voice have managed to stand out from some of the most noteworthy moments in music history. Even today, Young’s influence persists. Bon Iver and his producer, while at work on the 2016 album 22, A Million, allegedly unspooled a cassette tape of Neil Young’s album, Unplugged—on which the melancholy ballad “Helpless” appears—and wrote on the tape with a marker before recording their own song on top of it.
Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte, tNY.press, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program.