Earliest live Neil Young footage known to exist set for official release

Neil Young live 1970
(Image credit: Richard McCaffrey/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

Neil Young has announced the upcoming release of Young Shakespeare – a live solo album and concert film from 1971 that shares early recordings of hit songs that had yet to be released, as well as containing rare live footage.

Dating back to January 22 1971 when Young sat down to perform an intimate bare-bones concert at The Shakespeare Theater in Connecticut, Young Shakespeare arrived just two months after the release of After the Gold Rush, and sees Neil Young stripped down to the basic essentials an acoustic guitar, piano and harmonica.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.