Neil Young relives War stories for new film

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By Wes Orshoski

NEW YORK (Billboard) - In the spring of 2006, Neil Young was just a year removed from a near-fatal aneurysm when he became so enraged with the war in Iraq that he quickly wrote, recorded and released the protest album "Living With War."

Not two months after its release, his part-time supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young launched their Freedom of Speech tour, during which unwitting fans expecting the band's sweeter side were greeted instead with its serrated edge.

During a three-hour-plus concert, the band played nearly all of "Living With War" and many of the political anthems on which its legend was built, like "Ohio," "Military Madness" and "Find the Cost of Freedom." Despite CSN&Y's anti-establishment roots, the move angered some fans, while inspiring others.

The forthcoming documentary "CSNY: Deja Vu" charts that friction, portraying fans who saluted the group's efforts and those who felt betrayed by them, while also introducing viewers to Iraq War veterans who are now protesting the war as musicians, politicians and social workers.

Directed by longtime film buff Young (who uses the alias/nickname Bernard Shakey) and due in theaters July 25, the documentary blends concert and behind-the-scenes footage with short news features created by ABC correspondent Mike Cerre.

Young, 62, recently spoke with Billboard about the film. Here are some highlights.

IT'S PRETTY SHOCKING MIDWAY THROUGH THE MOVIE WHEN AN IRATE

ATLANTA FAN TELLS YOU TO STICK IT UP YOUR ASS, AND ANOTHER   Continued...

 
<p>Neil Young addresses a news conference to present the film 'CSNY: Deja Vu' running at the 58th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 8, 2008. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke</p>