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Neil Young: The Reading Festival

Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 1995

IT'S THE END OF SUMMER, and the temperature is plummeting. A vicious wind whips up the dustbowl that the Reading Festival site has become over the past three months. Two years ago it was Kurt Cobain, the subject of Neil Young's 'Sleeps With Angels', who was headlining the final night of the festival. Now we're waiting for Young himself, and the sense of anticipation buzzes in the swirling, smoky air. The shantytown bonfires and body-pierced cyberhippies lend an almost apocalyptic edge to the proceedings.

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