I once owned a 1960s Fender Stratocaster, which had previously belonged to Lemmy Kilminster before he found fame with Motorhead. But when it dawned on me I was never going to catch up with the growing band of hotshot British guitarists at that time – Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton – I traded it in for a Selma Goldfield student flute worth £30. 

— Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull


May 20, 1970

Shortly after National Guardsmen shot and killed four students during a protest at Kent State, Neil Young and David Crosby were cloistered in a cabin in California’s Butano State Park.  Crosby left to get supplies and came back with a copy of LIFE.  “I handed it to Neil and watched it hit him,” Crosby says.  “He picked up his guitar and started fooling around.”  Right there, Young spit out a scarred howl of outrage, a lament that tapped America’s fury . . . Hours later, without altering a word or cord, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young recorded “Ohio” and rushed it to radio.,,273503,00.html

Below: Kent State LIFE Magazine, and “Ohio” single, Bill of Rights sleeve.

"Ohio" and "Kent State Life"



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