Tonight at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the great MusiCares Foundation will honor its 2010 person of the year: Neil Young. The charity helps musicians in need, and its annual gala, which occurs every year during Grammy weekend, is a magnificently star-studded affair that this year includes performances by Jack Black, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Everest, Patty Griffin, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, k.d. lang, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Ozomatli, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Leon Russell, James Taylor, Wilco, and Abe Vigoda.
Now, any excuse at all to give the proverbial huzzah! to Neil Young is welcome, so without further adieu, we offer our Ten Randomly Great Neil Young Clips That Showcase the Range and Depth of His Powers.
Wonderin', with the Shocking Pinks
“Sample & Hold,” from Trans
“Interstate,” live from Farm Aid, 1985
Back to the Country
The Needle and the Damage Done
Neil Young with the Band, “Helpless”
Neil Young improvised the solo-guitar soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's classic Dead Man, starring Johnny Depp.
“The Needle & the Damage Done”
Why, we ask, isn't Gillian Welch on the bill??