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Neil Young at Heart

Mick Gold, unpublished, 1998

IT MUST HAVE been 1969 or 1970. There was a rave review of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere in Rolling Stone and I bought it from an import shop in Berwick Street. It had a gatefold sleeve dominated by a "pointillist" photo of Neil Young: an image of him leaning against a tree with hazy Californian mountains in the background. The photo had been blown up so much that you could hardly see Neil’s face – just a few smudges of grain. It was intriguing, almost anonymous.

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