Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Neil Young Names New Album After...Monsanto?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 8:30 AM

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  • Neil Young, GMO hater.

Rocker Neil Young has a new album dropping this June.

Its name? The Monsanto Years.

And, no, that's not a tribute to the St. Louis-based agriculture and chemical company. Young is not a fan, to put it mildly.

Rolling Stone first reported in January that Young said he was working on an album called The Monsanto Years, "after the agriculture company he's been railing against for years." But at the time the magazine reported it, it was said as a joke.

People, Neil Young does not joke. Now Rolling Stone is reporting that the name is 100 percent for real. There's also a track of the same name, which recently made its premiere at a performance in San Luis Obispo, California.

And if you thought Young was hard on the proverbial Southern man, we can only imagine what hell the Creve Coeur company is in for. After all, this is a musician who takes his activism seriously:Young announced he was boycotting Starbucks after the Grocery Manufacturers Association, of which the coffee company is a member, tried to stop mandatory labeling of GMO products in Vermont.

At the time, he called Monsanto "the biggest villain of them all," Rolling Stone reported.

As far as protest albums go, this ought to be a subtle one.

Young has announced a dozen tour dates in support of the album in July. None of them is in St. Louis.


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