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Lukas Nelson, Neil Young & Micah Nelson
Press Conference for Farm Aid 2017 Concert: Burgettstown, PA, Saturday Sept 16
Photo by Hounds That Howell

Neil Young, Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz, CA - August 1977
The Story of Neil Young’s Short-lived Santa Cruz Band The Ducks


Southern Man and Northern Man: Ronnie and Neil, The Un-Civil Wars & Rebels with Causes

Neil Young Announces Online Archive: "Opening Soon"

Comment of the Moment: Neil Young Announces Online Archive: "Opening Soon"
So What Might We Find on The Neil Young's Online Archives ... Someday?
Photo by Darryl Dyck

Wheat of the Moment: Neil Young Portrait by Jini Dellaccio - 1967

Neil, Pegi & Ben say "Good Night. Thanks for coming. We love you all." - 2015 Bridge Concert
No Bridge School Benefit Concert in 2017
Remembering The Warmth & Love of Bridge School Concerts

Photo by Hounds That Howell

Chuck Berry: 1926 - 2017
Keith Richards, Neil Young & Chuck Berry
- 1986
Photo Lynn Goldsmith

"Rockin' in the Free World"
Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Telluride, Colorado - 10/1/16

Photo by thrasher

The Chaff Cutter by David Teniers ("The Younger")
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff ... or... REAL from the Fake

Meta Reviews: Neil Young's "Peace Trail"

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real
Telluride, Colorado - 9/30/16

Photo by thrasher

Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Essex Junction, VT on July 19, 2015
Photo by Mark Harlan/

Neil Young Dedicates the Hall of Fame Award to Ben Keith in Heaven
Nashville, 1/28/14 - Photo by Karen Kraft / The Tennessen
2014 Neil Young Year in Review: Yes, Only Love Can Break (& Fix) Your Heart

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Oakland, CA - 7/13/74

Photo by Joel Bernstein

Neil Young
Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, April 2,2014
Photo by Jeff Allen

Lukas Nelson, Neil Young and Micah Nelson
Farm Aid 2014
Walnut Creek Amphitheatre - Raleigh, North Carolina - September 13, 2014

Photo Images by Jim McKelvey Photography -

"Mr. Soul"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Hamburg, Germany, June 3, 2013
Photo by thrasher

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Photo Austin City Limits Festival - October 13, 2012

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Photo by Marie-France Coallier
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Neil Young
Tower Theater, Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - December 9, 2007
Photo by Larry Cragg

"Along For the Ride"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Kingston Ontario, Canada, on Oct 5 2012
Art by Lindsay Walker

Neil Young as Lionel Switch with Charlotte Stewart
HUMAN HIGHWAY (1982 film director’s cut)
The Bernard Shakey Film Retrospective: Neil Young on Screen

Stephen Stills & Neil Young
Light Up The Blues Benefit
Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California, USA - 2015-04-25

Photo by Jeff Allen

Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Red Rocks, Morrison, CO - July 9, 2015 (Review & Photos)
Photo by thrashette

Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY - July 21, 2015
Photo by Hounds That Howell (Post-processing by Jim Garber)
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Neil, Pegi & Ben say "Good Night. Thanks for coming. We love you all."
Memories & Reflections on Our 2015 Bridge School Benefit Concerts Weekend Happy 70th Birthday Neil!!! Long May You Continue To Run & Run

"Happiness is the valuable commodity and that's what makes life good."
~~Neil Young

Photo by Matt Furman/WSJ
Stay tuned for a special Neil birthday announcement on 11/12 @ 11:12AM/EST!
In the meantime, ponder this... Happy 70th Birthday Neil!!! Long May You Continue To Run & Run

Widespread Panic Releases Official Neil Young Cover Video in honor of His 70th Birthday

Willie Nelson Tribute for Gershwin Prize Concert w/ Neil Young, Paul Simon + Others - Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Story Behind The Photo: Neil Young - Las Vegas, 2015
Photo by Erik Kabik

Paul Butterfield, Neil Young and Stephen Stills: The Last Waltz
Rare Photos Discovered From “The Last Waltz” Concert - 1976
Photo: Gary Fong, The Chronicle

"An Evening With Neil Young"
The Ultimate Cult Classic Double Feature: Human Highway & Rust Never Sleeps

The Mynah Bird - Yorkville, Toronto - 1965
Yorkville, The Mynah Birds, The "Super Freak" and Neil Young
Photo by Lloyd Walton

"No Hidden Path" by Neil Young @ Rock in Rio, Madrid, 2008
"No Hidden Path" - The Best Post-1970s Neil Young Song?

An Evening with Neil: Neil Young Discusses New Album With Promise of the Real
Photo by Julie Gardner

Willie Nelson Joins Neil Young + Promise of the Real - New Braunfels, TX, April 26, 2016
Photo by Photo by Vamosqueda on Instagram

Neil Young + Promise of the Real: London, UK - June 11, 2016
Photo by Every Record Tells A Story

Shane in Dublin with Thrasher's Wheat Celebrates 20th Anniversary: 1996 - 2016 Shirt

INTERACTIVE TOUR MAP - Europe 2016 Tour Dates for Neil Young & Promise Of The Real

Neil Young & Promise Of The Real
Photo by Photo by Jay Blakesberg

Neil Young: "The Loading Has Begun" by Jaan Uhelszki, August, 2016
Uncut Magazine

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Neil Young + Promise of the Real: Marseille, France - June 16, 2016
Photo by Jeremy Williams | JamBase

Neil Young: All Alone the Captain Stands
Photo by Michael Muller | Flood Magazine

"Oh Hello, Mr. Soul" - Neil Young Cover
American Way Inflight Magazine, August 2016

Farm Aid 2016 - Bristow, Virginia, Sept. 17
Photo by thrasher

+ Other Celebrations of Neil Young's Birthday

Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young & Carlos Santana
BAMMIES (Bay Area Music Awards), Civic Center, San Francisco CA - March 17, 1990

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real
Telluride, Colorado - 9/30/16

Photo by thrasher

Thrasher's Wheat web site is a harvest of postings from the Neil Young Internet Rusted Highway fan community.

The music of Neil Young, also known as the Godfather of Grunge and the second most influential singer-songwriter of the 20th century still performing today, is traced from the rusted road to the human highway. You'll find everything you're looking for with Neil Young and Crazy Horse postings archived from 1993 to date including concert reviews, album reviews, interviews, lyrics analysis and more. Starting with the always stunning song "Thrasher". On to other great shows and friends. In the Field of Opportunity, it's plowin' time again. Nothing but fresh wheat as the chaff* has been left behind.

Happy harvesting and Don't Be Denied!

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Bob, Neil & Eric
50 Reasons Why Neil Young's Music Matters

Release "Time Fades Away"!

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Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About The Neil Young Archives But Were Afraid To Ask

    So what is Thrasher's Wheat all about and why?

    When we first started Thrasher's Wheat back in 1996, we were feeling overwhelmed by the flood of Neil Young information on the Internet. When we joined the original Neil Young mailing list Rust@Death founded by Dan Farmer, author of the infamous SATAN** program, back in 1993, the volume of posts to RUST averaged half dozen or so a day. By the time we headed for the Human Highway ditch, the volume on RUST had exploded to about 75 a day. As of mid-2003, RUST@Yahoo posts are sometimes averaging over 150 posts per day.

    Our original thinking at the time was to create a site for the busy reader. A Neil Young internet portal that one could go on occasion and check in on some interesting Neil Young reviews and opinions of concerts, albums and films. It was never intended to be an up to date official Neil news site or a bootlegs guide. More like a fan club page of research for Young scholarship on a PhD that keeps us searching for a heart of gold.

    Another motivation for this site was a firm belief that Neil Young's work deserved the in depth critical analysis that is widely accorded to Bob Dylan. It was this investigative research on the intersection of Bob Dylan's lyrics and Neil Young's music that jump started the core of Thrasher's Wheat's archives.

    Around 1998, we stopped updating Thrasher's Wheat due to time constraints. Also, we were experiencing some Neil burnout and weren't being particularly inspired by the music of the late '90's and early 21st century. But love of Neil Young's music and lyrics has never diminished. His unique sound and style has become one that we have all grown to love.

    With the arrival of Greendale in 2003 -- for us -- Greendale was like a sledgehammer to the anvil of truth and awakened this blog from it's post-9/11 dormancy. Because when Neil Young Sings Truth To Power, The World Listens.

    Greendale is some of Neil's most interesting material since the Sleeps with Angels and Mirror Ball era, so we have been inspired to update Thrasher's Wheat for the first time in years and to celebrate Thrasher's 10 year anniversary of joining RUST. Similarly, sometimes folks will say "Whatever happened to Neil Young?". Well, just as Neil never went away and continues to make great music, Thrasher's Wheat is dedicated to satisfying that question. So what you have is an archive of Neil Young and Crazy Horse information.

    What we're trying to do is archive some of the best writing on Neil that we find on the Internet. Whether it's a RUST, Human Highway post, Usenet post or major media publication.

    On a side note, it seems that some folks like to write about Trasher instead of Thrasher. Just curious about this frequent typo? And speaking of curious things, like the urban legend about the Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd feud, here's a FAQ of facts and trivia. And another side note, someone recently pointed out when you click on a link on Thrasher's Wheat it becomes "purple words on a gray background." Pretty cool. ;)

    Also, check out Thrasher's Blog, a Neil Young blog and more. Some rock-n-roll ramblings on some of my other favorite music that's been inspired and influenced by Neil like Pearl Jam, Lucinda Williams, Wilco, The Jayhawks, My Morning Jacket, and more.

    In 2004, Thrasher's Wheat moved to its own domain. While the domain served us well over the years, the crush of Greendale traffic caused problems on bandwidth consumption. So we'll see how this all works out.

    FWIW, we were born in 1960, down by the docks of the bays. As a student of everything esoteric, we have been searching for truth all of our lives, looking to make sense of all the beauty and insanity on this earth. In that time, we have developed a holistic body here on Thrasher's Wheat from Neil Young's music and wisdom which links arts, science, philosophy and spirituality into a single framework of ever expanding understanding. We want to share what we have with the world, becoming teacher to some and student to all others. Our goal is to help ourselves and others become better music lovers and truth seekers, and with the wisdom gained in the process, make this planet EARTH the paradise it was meant to be. We are just happy to give back to a world and universe that we have received so much from as "The Big Shift" approaches. namaste

    So if you see something interesting let me know. In the meantime, as Neil Young says: Keep on Rockin' and Be The Rain! Be The Change ! Be The Wheat!

    December 14, 1996 (launch date)
    Update #1: June 2003
    Update #2: July 2016 (Thrasher's Wheat Celebrates 20th Anniversary: 1996 - 2016 )

    Why we do what we do? The Big Secret reveal.

    p.s. - Question -- What is the goal of this website? Why do we share different sources of Neil Young information that sometimes conflicts or might even be considered Neil Young "bashing".

    Answer -- The primary goal of Thrasher's Wheat is to help all people become better Neil-seekers in a real-time boots-on-the-ground fashion. This is for the purpose of learning to listen and think critically, discovering the truth of music from within—not just listening to music blindly because it came from an "authoritative voice" like a Bob Dylan or Neil Young. Instead of telling you what the truth is, we share information from many sources so that you can disCERN it for yourself. We focus on teaching you the tools to become your own authority on the truth of music, gaining self-mastery, sovereignty, and freedom in the process. We want each of you to become your own leaders and masters of personal disCERNment, and as such, all information should be vetted, analyzed and disCERNed at a personal level. We also encourage you to discuss your thoughts in the comments section of this site to engage in a group disCERNment process.

    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." Aristotle

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photo credits

CREDIT: Neil at Bridge 2002 photos by Craig Abaya, copyright, and courtesy of the Bridge School. Old Black guitar replica by Jeff Levenson of FabGear Guitar Mods. Thanks Craig & Jeff!

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Matthew 3:11-12 "As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. "His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and *He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

(** - we'll see you in heaven and "NO! We do NOT consent!")