Neil Young – Handwritten 1983 Concert Set List
A very rare Neil Young handwritten setlist, acquired directly from his close associate Joel Bernstein. The provenance is best explained in Bernstein’s letter of authenticity from Joel Bernstein:
This letter is to authenticated Neil Young’s handwritten setlist for the Shocking Pinks section of his July 1, 1983 show at the Kansas Coliseum (during his 1983 Shocking Pinks tour). I was Neil’s guitar technician on this tour, and after his solo set, he would dash off stage and decide if he wanted [his band] the Shocking Pinks to play. If so, he’d quickly put together a setlist, have it delivered to me offstage, and I’d get his guitars ready for that sequence.
I photographed Neil Young for the first time at his first East Coast show with Crazy Horse, at the Bitter End in New York City, in February 1969. I went on to work with Neil extensively, as both his and CSNY’s tour photographer, and shooting him for eighteen of his album covers (including After The Gold Rush, Harvest, Time Fades Away, Tonight’s The Night, Decade and Rust Never Sleeps) plus numerous other official projects including publicity, advertising, songbooks, posters, et al. On various tours from 1973-1993, I also worked with Neil as his guitar technician; and served as his archivist for 20 years, researching and presenting him with every source for audio, artwork and text used in his massive box set Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972.
During the course of working for Neil, he gave me various acetates, test pressings, set lists and other memorabilia. Neil knew I was a collector and he wasn’t, so once he was done with things like this, instead of throwing it away, he often gave it to me. This is from my personal collection.
Neil Young handwritten setlists are exceedingly rare, with only a few ever making it to market. With Joel Bernestein’s letter of authenticity, and Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee.
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