Neil Young Drops Never-Before-Seen 1971 "Cowgirl In The Sand" Footage

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Neil Young has dug deep into the vault to unveil a vintage, never-before-seen footage of "Cowgirl In The Sand," filmed at the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Connecticut in January 1971. The acoustic clip is available at Neil Young's Archives website.

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Filmed by Dutch photographer Wim van der Linden, the Stratford show was one of Young's earliest gigs to be captured on film. Young reminisces, "This is a song I wrote about a dream I had. It was snowing outside. It was the kind of snow that sticks on your nose."

"At the time of this performance, 'Cowgirl in the Sand' was a year or so old and I had just finished After The Gold Rush," Young recalled. Harvest was the next album we made and I stopped on this tour to record some of the first songs, 'Old Man' and 'Heart of Gold' for Harvest in Nashville."

The Godfather of Grunge plans to release a 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of After The Gold Rush later this year and it may include the full Shakespeare Theater concert.

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Young has stayed busy during the quarantine, sharing rare concert films and performing virtually to keep his fans entertained at home. His recently began home-shot livestreams, dubbed "Fireside Sessions," are also available on his website. 

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