FOUR DECADES OF DOING NOTHING: NEIL YOUNG’S “OHIO” REMAINS A POWERFUL AND STARK STATEMENT ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE AND BRUTALITY
As part of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction of Neil Young, guitar-slinging duo Whitehorse was invited to perform two iconic and potent selections from Young’s catalogue. Whitehorse offered a scorching rendition of "Ohio," a song that remains shockingly and disturbingly relevant after nearly four decades.
“We never thought we'd still be watching our backs for violent abuses of authority or any kind of violence between groups of people where race, partisanship, urban/rural roots or class were the determining factors,” says Luke Doucet. “Surely ‘Ohio,’ when released by Crosby, Stills Nash & Young in 1971 was to represent the end of that era.
Unfortunately, Trump has all but guaranteed that this kind of divisive confrontation and violence will continue and escalate. White supremacists have been emboldened and reassured that they have a sympathetic agent in the Oval Office.
Ohio could have been written this year and only the names of presidents and geography would need altering.
Neil has always been ahead of his time but maybe he outdid himself in 1970," finishes Doucet.