TSPTR // Fall Winter 2022
As the 1970s progressed, both Neil Young and The Grateful Dead would come to perfectly embody countercultures lost 60s sensibilities. Their ethos of understated artistic generosity, environmental stewardship and nonjudgmental attitude to other people’s lifestyles were astoundingly prescient.
For a not insignificant portion of 1974 Neil Young could be found sequestered in a poolside bungalow at the Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles’ most myth and magic-draped lodgings hidden in plain sight on Sunset Boulevard. One wine, weed and methedrine-fuelled night he wrote a rootsy-yet-metaphysical paean to natural living titled Homegrown, a song preaching the benefits of all things organically edible and smokeable, encouraging the listener to ‘Plant that bell and let it ring’. A year later, Young had moved to Sea Level Drive in Malibu. Inspired by the surrounding beauty of the area he produced what is arguably his most important body of work, including the iconic and seminal album Zuma. A spiritual tour de force deconstructing everything from the human condition to white western expansion.
Both Young and The Dead had already established themselves as ecologically aware, penning songs concerned with mans treatment of the planet and warning of an impending environmental breakdown.
This collection honours the pioneering and uncompromising artistic spirit of Neil Young and The Grateful Dead, taking its cues not only from their musical output during this period but also their fascination with UFOs, extra curricular activities involving Psilocybin and transformation into countercultural icons.