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Nils Lofgren: “Danny Whitten could sing and play well. He just couldn’t do much else”

Nils Lofgren: “Danny Whitten could sing and play well. He just couldn’t do much else”

Nils Lofgren discusses his career as “a band guy”, performing with Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, in the new issue of Uncut (dated December 2013), out now.

Lofgren takes us through the making of the pivotal albums of his career, from Young’s After The Gold Rush and Tonight’s The Night to Springsteen’s The Rising and his own Old School, in the piece.

He discusses Crazy Horse’s 1971 debut album, recalling the late Danny Whitten, who would die from a heroin overdose in November 1972: “Danny could sing and play well. He just couldn’t do much else. He wrecked cars and he was pretty messed up.”

Lofgren also reveals that the “crown jewel of the unreleased tracks” in his boxset is a version of “Keith Don’t Go” featuring Neil Young playing piano and singing.

The new issue of Uncut (dated December 2013) is out now.

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