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Neil Young: Fork in the Road

Fork in the Road almost certainly is unique among videos made by superstars. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

I’m not sure what the back story is of Young’s walk-on (at 3:20) during Pearl Jam’s performance of Rockin in the Free World in Toronto on Sept. 11 of last year. Eddie Vedder seems stunned, and he and the rest of the band clearly are overjoyed. The performance is tremendous. I believe this video was edited together from those shot on phones at the show. Though the sound isn’t too good, it’s a great idea.

Here are Get Back to the Country and Prairie Wind. Oh Susannah — which is performed over a great video — is the first release from Americana, the new album from Neil Young & Crazy Horse.

Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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