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Neil Young talks songwriting and discusses his favourite songs in rare new interview with Conan O’Brien


Neil Young has given a rare and extensive new interview with Conan O’Brien, in which he reveals his favourite songs and discusses songwriting.

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The media shy musician sat down for a two-hour chat for Team Coco Radio, also discussing appearing on TV in the 1960s.

On appearing on The Johnny Cash Show in 1971, he told O’Brien: “You gotta realise, I’m 23-years-old, and I’m going on a television show.

“I was petrified. I was thinking about the song I was going to sing and whether I was going to screw up or not. That’s all I thought about. I don’t really remember much else about it.”

He also discussed appearing as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live in 1989 where O’Brien was a cast member, with Conan saying: “Lorne Michaels has a saying that ‘television is the worst way to experience music’.

“I think he’s usually right, except something happened that night. It was transcendent and punched through the television. I’m on the floor at 8-H. I’m a kid. I’m in my twenties. I’m watching you do that. The place, you just melted it. I think there was structural…

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