Neil Young's Greendale

Neil Young's Greendale

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"It's early 2003, and America's march to war seems unstoppable. Yet you'd never know it in the quiet northern California town of Greendale, where eighteen-year-old Sun Green-- great-grandaughter of the man who helped carve this community out of the sweeping western coast-- lives, loves and dreams. Sun is different from most other kids. Always has been. The women in her family have all had a strange relationships with nature. But in almost every instance, this relationship has turned tragic. And on the day the bombs began to drop half a world away, a stranger arrives in town that only Sun can see. A stranger who's come to shake her very existence-- by destroying everything she loves [...] an inspiring American fable about a young woman's political coming of age-- all infused with a special brand of magic" -- p. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, 2010
ISBN: 9781401226985
1401226981
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Young, Neil 1945-
Chiang, Cliff
Alternative Title: Greendale

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mrlindner
Jan 11, 2018

I greatly enjoyed this. It went places I hadn’t imagined and it’s far more complex than it needs to be as if there are more Green family stories out there still to be told. Almost makes me tingle.

Let me back up. I heard and acquired this album when it came out in mid-2003 and listened to it many, many times. I was fully immersed in Greendale lore as either directly elucidated or as hinted at on the album. I truly wanted to have a serious “book discussion group” about this album as a text, as a narrative. I was at university at the time and was well-integrated into a couple of those sorts of discussion groups then so it made some sense. Sadly, it never happened. The album truly is that complex. There is one other album from around the same time that I believe merits the same treatment, Poe’s Haunted.

Greendale (the album is Young’s twenty-sixth studio album and his ninth with Crazy Horse. My copy was one of those which “… was originally released with a DVD of live “Neil-only” acoustic performance of the Greendale material from Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland.” So this was another interpretation.

At some point I also got the movie, which gave another spin on the story. Clearly, Greendale was a rich mental ecosystem for Young.

This graphic novel adaptation by Joshua Dysart and others, with a short intro by Neil (and supposedly some direct involvement) really expands the world while keeping the story the same. It really is pretty brilliant. I honestly think I want to own a copy of this. As I said above, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about Greendale on a fairly serious level.

Highly recommended whether or not you know the album or even if you can’t stand Neil Young (I know those people exist; I don’t hold it against them.).

I really wish there was more of this world, perhaps exploring more of those members of the family who barely made a complicating appearance.

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