Neil Young has announced that he is going to withdraw from social media to concentrate his efforts on his website Neil Young Archives. From June 1st Fans are assured they will get the very best of him.
Although sections of the site will stay free, Young will introduce a membership charge of €1.60 per month or €16.70 per year, which will allow members to access archive and new material, concert tickets and special web events before anyone else.
In a statement on Facebook he said: “I appreciate you and want you to always have the first choice. I want to share with you that I have made a place for my music to live. It will also be the place where I live on the web. I won’t be here. I wanted a place where I could hear my music from the very beginning, from the high school bands I was in, to my latest recordings-audio and visual. I wanted to be able to hear it all […] A giant time machine cabinet.”
Young said that he intends to personally interact on the site every day, ‘writing, ruminating and rambling.’ There will be a song of the day and articles for digest in the Times-Contrarian online newspaper.
“There are files and files for years and years, all full of music. Albums and tracks, bits and pieces, manuscripts and art, film and video. I live there. Each song is being backed up with the archival material that relates to it and to the creation of it, from song writing to band jams, the history of this music is there. It’s never finished, it is huge and growing. We work night and day expanding the window you can see this archival stuff through.”