Neil Young-Inspired Artwork for Canada’s National Music Centre

The National Music Centre–a fantastic facility–is set to open in Calgary in 2016. Frequent contributor Juliette Jagger wrote this feature on a couple who have been working with Neil Young on some artwork.

As one of the most iconic musicians of the past five decades, Neil Young’s contributions to Canadian iconography and to the canon of rock ‘n’ roll are irrefutable. Having penned some of the most poignant protest anthems, fragile love songs, and self-aware balladry of a generation, Young has long been the sort of singular voice that aches under the weight of social realism and tenderly illuminates that which exists at the core of the human condition.

To most music fans, Young is something of a legend, but to Los Angeles-based visual artist Jenice Heo, he’s a life-long friend. Both she and her husband and creative partner, Gary Burden—who is best known for designing some of rock’s most iconic album covers, including Young’s After The Gold Rushand Joni Mitchell’s Blue—have known and worked closely with Young for decades.

After the three took home a Grammy Award for their combined efforts on the Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 Box Set in 2010, Heo was compelled to begin work on what would eventually become known as theNEIL YOUNG SERIES.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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