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