Myths Dispelled, Dreams Broken: Neil Young Admits Music Can't Change World
While in Berlin for the release of a new documentary he helped produce, music legend Neil Young shocked reporters Friday with the revelation that music cannot change the world.
Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young told reporters gathered at the Berlin International Film Festival that music cannot save the world.
That's really a shame, given that so many Woodstock-era musicians like Young - and thousands before and after him - have done their best to convince us that music could, indeed, save the world.
Young is in Berlin for the Berlinale film festival to present his new film "CSNY: Déjà vu," a documentary about the 2006 "Freedom of Speech" reunion tour of the band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Despite his dour prediction of music's disappointing inefficacy, Young did leave some room for hope. "I think the world today is a different place," Young said, "and that it's time for science and physics and spirituality to make a difference in this world and to try to save the planet."
Only time will tell, however, whether, "Live Math" or "Yoga Ins" will succeed in inspiring future generations of idealists.
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