Greendale is the name of an album, movie and graphic novel by Neil Young. Neil Young and Crazy Horse's Greendale, a 10-song rock opera, is set in a fictional California seaside town. Based on the saga of the Green family, the "audio novel" has been compared to the literary classics of Thornton Wilder's Our Town and Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio for its complexity and emotional depth in exploring a small town in America.
Greendale combines numerous themes on corruption, environmentalism and mass media consolidation into relevant post-9/11 art. The album, concert, film and DVDs have produced a vast divergence of critical opinion ranging from being called "amateur" to being voted as one of the best albums of 2003 by Rolling Stone magazine music critics.
The CD was originally released with a DVD of live "Neil-only" acoustic performance of the Greendale material from Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland. In 2004, the CD was released with a new DVD containing a live performance of Neil Young and Crazy Horse. A DVD-Audio version was also released, with both Advanced Resolution Stereo and 5.1 Surround sound mixes, and a video of "Devil's Sidewalk" from the film. In late 2004, the feature length DVD with actors lip-synching the material was released.
As of 2011, it is the last Neil Young album to feature Crazy Horse.
*Neil Young: guitar, organ, harmonica, vocal
*Ralph Molina: drums, vocal
*Billy Talbot: bass, vocal
**Pegi Young: vocal
**Nancy Hall: vocal
**Twink Brewer: vocal
**Sue Hall: vocal
NOTE: Though an active member of Crazy Horse, Frank Sampedro agreed to sit out the sessions for this album as Neil Young felt that the material called for one guitar only. Sampedro did, however, join the band for the ensuing concert tours.
Neil Young's Greendale (2010) GN cover.jpgrightthumb150pxCover of the graphic novel
In 2007, Vertigo Comics announced the production of the comic book adaptation of the album with the same title. According to writer Joshua Dysart, Neil Young is directly involved in the project. Greendale graphic novel (ISBN 1-4012-2698-1) was released in June 2010, with Cliff Chiang providing the art.
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