Monday, May 4, 2009

Four dead in Ohio

On this day in 1970, four students are shot and killed by the National Guard on the campus of Kent State University. The event was the culmination of several days of anti-war protests when the Govenor and college officials allowed soldiers on campus to control the throngs of students involved in the protests.

Neil Young, who next to Dylan was arguably one of the most influential protest singer/songwriters of the day, wrote the song after seeing the shocking images of the massacre in LIFE magazine. In less than two weeks, along with Crosby, Stills and Nash they rehearsed and recorded the song on one take at the Record Plant in Los Angeles. It is rumored that David Crosby wept when the take was complete. A dark day in American history, poignantly preserved by CSN&Y.

A terrible tragedy but an amazing song.

I'm just sayin'.


Ohio-Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (Live, 1974)

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