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Monday, April 03, 2006

In the spring of 2005, at age 59, Neil Young underwent a non invasive procedure to repair a brain aneurysm. By August he was back to work and prepared to star in "Neil Young: Heart of Gold", which was filmed over two nights at the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
This film is a combination of music from Young’s autumn 2005 release of his album "Prairie Wind" combined with some older Young favorites. It opens as the musicians are arriving at the Ryman in their cars. Comments from long time Young back up musicians like Chad Cromwell, Ben Keith, and Grant Boatwright are interesting and the use of some hand held cameras on them gives a nice effect. A few scenes of Nashville add to the interest especially the shots of Tootsies, a popular night spot and favorite water hole of Grand Ole Opry legend Hank Williams.

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