This documentary follows the US Freedom of Speech tour by 60-something rocker Neil Young in autumn 2006, supported by his legendary chums David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash who comprise CSNY.
It was intended to showcase Young’s Living With War protest album about Iraq, but was augmented by some of the back catalogue of songs about Vietnam.
So the title Deja Vu refers not only to CSNY’s 1970 album, but also to a sense of having to revisit Vietnam-era protests.
The highlights are the interviews with fans who show the kind of radical politics so rarely represented in the US mainstream media.
Musically, however, this is a frustrating and sad movie. We never get to hear a complete tune and, especially in Stills’ case, the uniquely harmonic voices are shot.
Young may have done better not to have called in his old mates. He’s doing just fine on his own.
Young’s website showcases thousands of anti-war songs and articles, graphs, photos and video links. Go to » www.neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/index.html
CSNY Déjà Vu
Directed by Bernard Shakey (Neil Young)
On general release