Neil Young Vs. Joni Mitchell – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Round One
It’s definitely not nice, pitting two friends like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell against each other. But war is hell, and this month so is the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, as we force the two peace-loving Canadian songwriting legends to do battle.
Each month, our readers will determine which of eight legendary artists or bands is immortalized forever for their contributions to classic-rock history. Mitchell emerged from the California folk-rock scene of the late ’60s and pushed the genre into sophisticated new territory by incorporating pop, jazz and classical elements into songs such as ‘Woodstock,’ ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ and ‘Free Man in Paris.’ Albums such as 1971’s ‘Blue’ and 1974’s ‘Court and Spark’ are important parts of any worthwhile record collection.
Neil Young is perhaps the most restless, constantly evolving and challenging artist in rock history, capable of creating raging political anthems such as ‘Ohio’ and ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ one moment, and vulnerable ballads such as ‘Helpless’ and ‘Harvest Moon’ the next. From his stints in Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to his recurring expeditions with Crazy Horse, he continues to demonstrate the importance of following one’s muse above all other creative concerns to this day.
So who gets your vote? Readers can weigh in once a day from now until 11:59PM ET on July 14. You can read the Hall of Fame’s official rules right here. Be sure to mark your calendars for Aug. 1, when the third entrant into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame is revealed.