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The Verdict on Neil Young’s GRAMMY Speech: Pure Gold

ShutterstockNeilYoungRolling Stone has the full transcript of the Hall of Famer’s Tuesday night acceptance speech. Young was presented with the President’s Merit Award by the Producers & Engineers Wing.

Article author Gavin Edwards writes that the 15-minute speech was “parts musical manifesto, stand-up comedy and personal history.” And that the transcript is an essential read for anyone seeking further insight into the performer’s recording-studio approach. A brief taste:

“Digital. Digital is not bad. But Xerox is not good. I always like to say Picasso was really happy to see original Picassos everywhere, but when he went into some places and saw Xeroxes of Picassos, it didn’t make him as happy, because he thought people thought that we was making those things.”

“The thing we do is, we make great stuff in the studio and then we kiss its ass goodbye, because nobody’s ever going to hear it. That’s unfortunate, and it didn’t use to be that way. That’s something that happened to us – that’s an injury we sustained, and it deeply hurt us. So the time has come for us to recover and to bring music back to the people in a way that they can recognize it in their souls – through the window of their souls, their ears. So they can feel and vibrate and so that they can get goosebumps. We cherish those f*cking goosebumps. We really need those.”

Young joined an impressive list of winners last night at Village Studios in west Los Angeles. Previous Producers & Engineers Wing honorees include Quincy Jones, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Jimmy Iovine and Jerry Wexler.

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