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In 1971, shortly after the demise of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, an aspiring filmmaker by the name of Bernard Shakey (aka Neil Young) set out to document the creation of a new record, a country rock album featuring “the Stray Gators”, a group of esteemed session musicians, as well as the London Symphony Orchestra, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and a collection of new songs by the 25-year-old Canadian. That album – Harvest – was panned by Rolling Stone but went on to become the best selling l.p. of 1972 and is now regularly cited on “best ever” lists. Songs include Heart of Gold, Old Man, The Needle and the Damage Done, A Man Needs A Maid and of course the title track.
Young says, “This is a big album for me. 50 years ago. I was 24, maybe 23 and this album made a big difference in my life. I played with some great friends, and it's really cool that this album has lasted so long. I had a great time, and now when I listen to it, I think I was really just lucky to be there. I hope you enjoy this story, which is ‘Harvest Time,’ and which talks about everything that happened. And now people all around the world can see it at the movies.”
In addition to the film, this screening event includes an introduction by Neil Young, recorded exclusively for movie theatre audiences. Hear Neil highlight the significance of Harvest, 50 years after its release, and how the recording of the album and the movie came together.