Rust Never Sleeps (1979)
“About 9 or 10 years ago Neil raised the question: has your band begun to rust? Well, after 9 years of research and rust development, we — Dr. Decibel and his grandfather here — we’ve discovered that ALL bands rust!”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
The musical set is structured to start with Young playing some of his earlier acoustical songs, accompanying himself on harmonica:
… and then gradually shifts towards a much stronger electrical sound with his bandmates; indeed, the film opens and closes on similar tunes — “My, My, Hey, Hey (Out of the Blue)” and “Hey, Hey, My, My (Into the Black)” — played in radically different styles.
We don’t see much (anything, really) of the audience, so this really is a straight-up, relatively non-experimentally-filmed rendering of a concert rather than any type of insightful documentary. To that end, your enjoyment of it will rest exclusively on how much you enjoy Young’s music.
NB: The weirdest song here has got to be “Welfare Mothers” (?!).
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
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