Neil Young to Get the Shepard Fairey TreatmentPosted by Mary Locke
Neil Young and Crazy Horse are reinterpreting traditional folks songs on a new album, Americana, out June 5 via Warner Brothers, Artist Shepard Fairey will contribute his talents to the album art, specifically one piece of art per song.
Young and Fairey worked in close contact, with Fairey sending digital drafts of his work to Young; Young then chose his favorites for inclusion. Fairey’s contributions will not stop with Americana, Young has plans to use the pieces for stage designs, album art and music videos.
While Fairey’s work for Young has yet to hit the internet (the above image is a Fairey portrait from 2010), there remains an opportunity for a lucky few to view the items June 1 in Los Angeles. Perry Rubenstein Gallery is planning a display of the works in a one-day private viewing event.
For the eleventh and final track of Americana, Young and Crazy Horse rework the traditional British “God Save the Queen”. According to “The New York Times”, Fairey’s art accompaniment “depicts the Queen and Betsy Ross sewing a combination of British and American flags.” The text reads, “God save the land of liberty.”