Neil Young marries Darryl Hannah

This isn’t a gossip column, but I’ve always been a huge Neil Young fan, and so I found it newsworthy that, according to many venues—including CBS News—Young and actor Daryl Hannah just got married (click on the screenshot to read):

An excerpt:

Daryl Hannah and Neil Young have reportedly tied the knot. The actress and the singer-songwriter, who have been dating since 2014, reportedly married on Friday in a top-secret ceremony near San Luis Obispo, California, according to Page Six.

Page Six reports that Young intentionally planned a time when the moon would be nearly full so he could serenade her with “Harvest Moon.” The couple reportedly had 100 guests, and the only celebrities on the list were Joni Mitchell and Stephen Stills. Guests were reportedly asked to keep the nuptials under wraps and not let any local hotels know why they were there; they were also asked to keep their phones and cameras at their hotel, per Page Six.

In 2014, Hannah and Young teamed up for the environmentalist documentary, “Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands.” They also led a Keystone XL Pipeline protest in Washington, D.C., that year in April, before Young filed for divorce that July from Pegi, his wife of 36 years.

Of course Joni Mitchell and Stephen Stills are another of my favorite folk/rock musicians.

Young, who’s 72 (how can that be?), was married twice before, and was also in a long-term relationship with actor Carrie Snodgress, the inspiration for “A Man Needs a Maid” (see below). Hannah, 57, has never been married before, but was in long-term relationships with John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Jackson Browne.

And that’s Sunday’s gossip. I wish them well; I can’t imagine it would be easy to be married to Neil Young. But they’ve been together four years, so they clearly made an informed decision.

To celebrate, here’s Young singing “A Man Needs a Maid” on his fabulous BBC live show in 1971.(Even though this was written about Carrie Snodgress, it’s appropriate given that Hannah was also an actress.) It’s to believe that this was taped 47 years ago! Young was just 26.

You could do worse than listen to the entire BBC concert, which is only a half hour, and here. It’s fabulous.  You might also listen to these two songs.


  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 2, 2018 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    I was in New York in the early 90s, during the time of the DH-JFK, Jr., liaison, to argue a case in front of the Second Circuit. We finished court early, and I had a few hours to kill before my flight so spent it walking around Central Park. It was the first really nice day of late Spring, and as I cut through The Meadows, I looked to my right and a few feet away was a woman sunbathing in a bikini that I’m almost certain was Darryl Hannah. (I’m almost certain because on my way back I chanced to pass by the same spot to ever-so-subtly sneak a second peak.)

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 9:49 am | Permalink

      … a second “peek” … Dang, who’s a fella gotta screw around here to get access to an edit button? 🙂

      • Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:20 am | Permalink

        Dr Freud is smiling quietly to himself somewhere about that slip!

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted September 2, 2018 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    I don’t think it could be easy being married to Daryl Hannah either or anyone for that matter. Funny with Neil Young being 26 those 47 years ago as I was 1. My dad is only a few years older than Neil Young.

  3. Posted September 2, 2018 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    I know nothing about Carrie Snodgrass but A Man Needs a Maid is one of the great unknown songs ever recorded. It’s a little bit of an acquired taste. As is much of Young’s early,
    non-commercial work.

    • Taz
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

      I fell in love with the actress – she was playing a part that I could understand.

      I always loved that line. Never knew it referred to a specific actress.

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 2, 2018 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Well, 15 years difference is long, not quite a generation but still. Getting married at 72 would not be for me but then I’ve been married 42 years and still younger than this.

    Anyway, Lewis Hamilton just won the Grand Prix at Monza. Good show.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      Daryl Hannah getting married at 57 is probably a good age. I always thought every typical age was too young for marriage.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted September 2, 2018 at 11:04 am | Permalink

        I have been asked – what is it that makes marriage work. After 42 years of it, maybe they think I would know but I don’t. However, if I was guessing it might include not expecting marriage to be things it is not. It seems to me that many think marriage is going to solve or answer all of their problems or it is going to lead to some kind of perfect existence. When all of these things don’t happen, well, that is why half the marriages do not last.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted September 2, 2018 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

          I have seen a trend in FB of late where the people posting lovey dovey messages all the time end up divorced and then they do a complete damnatio memoriae and wipe any existence of the former spouse and the cycle continues with the next one.

          • Posted September 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

            Yes, I’ve seen this. I suspect it is someone trying to talk themselves into love. They seem to think if they play the role well enough, it will happen for real.

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted September 2, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

              Haha maybe my vocalization of things I don’t like has paid off so far. I never understand when a manager asks me what I don’t like at work. Haven’t you been hearing my constant complaining? If I don’t complain it’s probably fine.

          • ThyroidPlanet
            Posted September 2, 2018 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

            You need to see Bill Maher’s latest editorial- he compares Facebook posts to Google Suggest results. Amusing if nothing else… think it’s called Avatar America? Search for it on YouTube.

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted September 2, 2018 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

              Yeah I saw that. It was a pretty good rant. I can’t remember his exact line about facebook but I remember him saying that the most used words women used to describe their husband was all positive words like “loving” and “fabulous” but the most googled words were “mean” and something else. It really made me laugh because I see all this on FB.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      Age difference is unimportant when you’re richer than creosote* & [conveniently] deaf. They’re both highly intelligent, eccentric & somewhat socially awkward** with a commitment to environmental activism. She created this intellectual party board game – it’s very good: LIEBRARY

      * I know
      ** She may be mildly autistic with hyper-focussed interests

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted September 2, 2018 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

        Hahahaha “richer than creosote”.

  5. Michael Fisher
    Posted September 2, 2018 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I like my Neil electrified, reverbed, bent, distorted & at vol 11 – as in this example:
    Young PLUS Frank “Poncho” Sampedro PLUS Booker T. & The MGs

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      Needs more barn!

    • George
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      I believe that is from the Rock am Ring festival in Germany. Neil is wearing a Chicago fire fighter shirt. On his right shoulder, you can see the crossed flags – Chicago and American. Chicagoans really like their flag. As do others – as you can tell from this TED talk.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:44 am | Permalink

        Daryl was born in Chicago

        • George
          Posted September 2, 2018 at 11:04 am | Permalink

          That video is from 2002 – before Hannah and Young got together. Young often pays tribute to blue collar professions in his choice of clothing. I believe that Hannah still has a lot of family in the area. Young is a regular visitor to Chicago – just here June 30 – Jul 1. I unfortunately missed those shows. Maybe he will visit more often in the future.

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      I like this electric, reverb stuff too. Last time I saw Neil Young was in Ottawa in 2012. He was touring with Crazy Horse and omg, it was fantastic. He sure can rock still.

      The quiet, “Needle and the Damage Done” Neil is also wonderful. I love all things Neil.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted September 2, 2018 at 11:44 am | Permalink

        I don’t enjoy his love songs very much nor his crossover country rock. For me Neil is as his best when there’s a simmering anger such as Sixty to Zero [which evolved into the better known Crime In The City].

        My older sister & her friends played Harvest & Gold Rush to death & it immunised me for life. I like his raw, live sound – even reworkings of the studio stuff I’ve just wrote that I can’t bear 🙂

    • Posted September 2, 2018 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      “Hey Hey, My My” over “My My, Hey Hey” any day of the week!

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted September 2, 2018 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

        Spot on – rather black than blue

  6. George
    Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    I have seen Neil Young a few times in my life. I think my favorite concert was Oct 14, 1978 (I looked it up) with Crazy Horse at the Chicago Stadium. It was the Rust Never Sleeps tour. Keep in mind that the album had not yet been released. Much (most?) of it was recorded live on that tour. No one was familiar with the songs and Young played most of the album. A bit of an understatement – it was well received. For an encore, they did Tonight’s the Night. They sent a promoter type out on to the stage and he said something like this – You all bought Harvest, You all bought After the Gold Rush. But where were you when Tonight’s the Night came out?

    Then you heard – “Bruce Berry was a working man…”. A great end to a great show.

    More remarkable was that Chicago Stadium was one of those old hockey barns. Not very good in the acoustic department. But I think perfect for Rust Never Sleeps. Before Rodgers took the Hockey Night in Canada away from the CBC, Tim Thompson made videos that the CBC would show before the games. Neil’s father, Scott Young, had been the voice of Hockey Night in Canada in the 1950s. This is the video Thompson made as the intro for Game 3 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Chicago. It is fun to watch.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:20 am | Permalink

      I didn’t know Neil Young’s dad was a Hockey Night in Canada announcer. They look a lot alike too. Cool video.

      • George
        Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:47 am | Permalink

        I think that snippet of video of father and son at the end is when Scott won Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame. So both father and son are members of halls of fame.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 11:08 am | Permalink

      The hilarious, mindless movie Slap Shot with the salad dressings guy & the Hanson Bros. is how I come to love hockey.

    • BJ
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 11:17 am | Permalink

      Great stuff! Combines two of my favorite things: ice hockey and Neil Young.

  7. Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Neil’s ex-wife who also released an album or two a few years ago recorded an extremely sad song that many people have heard, but few knew it’s an old Crazy Horse song, written Danny Whitten, (who played guitar on Neil’s first album with The Horse, and who died a year later of a heroin overdose).

    • George
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      Whitten was the person who introduced Bruce Berry (a CSNY roadie) to heroin. Whitten died in Nov 1972. Berry died in June 1973. Both from overdoses.

      • George
        Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:54 am | Permalink

        Whitten and his addiction was the inspiration for The Needle and The Damage Done – which was on Harvest, released before Whitten and Berry’s deaths. The album Tonight’s the Night was Young’s reaction to their deaths.

  8. Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Since everyone is posting their favorite Neil Young moments, I have to say this ten minute collaboration with Devo is among the greatest things he ever did.

    • George
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      Wow – you followed Da Roolz while the rest of us are embedding away. Sorry – I did not like Re ac tor and all that flowed from that.

      • Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

        Well, they are Da Roolz. Gotta obey.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      Feckin ace – thanks for the link. I may have nightmares due to you bacopa 🙂

      • Posted September 2, 2018 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

        So good to see Mark in the Booji Boy mask being rocked to sleep by Neil after a cocaine driven guitar solo.

        But then there was always a strong connection between Devo and Neil Young. Devo started as a protest project of two Kent State students

    • Posted September 2, 2018 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      Yes! Combined two of my favorites!

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted September 2, 2018 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      To quote one of the commenters on this video of Devo with NY: omfg!

      • darrelle
        Posted September 3, 2018 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

        omfg! indeed. I don’t understand how I’ve never come across that before. My life has been the poorer for missing it.

  9. Posted September 2, 2018 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Well, he was looking for a heart of gold, and he was growing old.

  10. Saul Sorrell-Till
    Posted September 2, 2018 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Lovely choice of songs PCC – Tell Me Why in particular is one of the loveliest tunes ever written. I love After The Goldrush more than I can say.

    To me that album sums up a whole geography, a dream-landscape: weeping willows, huge, slow-flowing rivers, steamboats meandering down them, Cripple Creek Ferry, the overhanging trees, the seething sun and choirs of crickets so ubiquitous that you only notice them when they stop.
    It’s probably about as representative of the real places in America as haggis and bagpipes are of Scotland. But I don’t care.

    He’s a romantic, in the artistic sense of the word, in that at his best he instinctively hones in on the most beautiful and rich and intense ideas – and he short-circuits the possibility of their coming across as sentimental or cliched through the sheer intensity and sincerity of his vision.

  11. Posted September 2, 2018 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    It’s better to burn out than fade away!

    • darrelle
      Posted September 3, 2018 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

      My favorite moment involving that phrase, by far, is the church scene in the movie Highlander when the Kurgan is leaving the church. Clancy Brown’s performance in that movie is one of my favorite movie villains ever. He carried the film.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted September 3, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

        The Kurgan was a convincing villain. I think my favourite scene of the whole movie was when the Kurgan was running people over in a car because the expressions on their faces were priceless.

        • darrelle
          Posted September 3, 2018 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

          Exactly! That car scene is a classic.

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  13. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted September 2, 2018 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Huh – lovely!

  14. Posted September 2, 2018 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Neil Young can marry anybody he chooses!!! He is and always has been the master commander of his own life!!! He is perhaps the most diverse musician and writer we have ever had!!!!

  15. darrelle
    Posted September 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    If I had to pick a favorite Neil Young song I’d have to go with Cortez.

    I hope he and Daryl are happy in their marriage.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted September 3, 2018 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

      top choice

    • Posted September 3, 2018 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I played Cortez over and over back in the day. Definitely his best guitar work, his Devo solo nothwithstanding.

      • darrelle
        Posted September 3, 2018 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

        Devo and Cortez? You’ve got good taste Paul!

        • Posted September 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

          Thanks! To tell the truth, I was only kidding about NY’s solo with Devo. Still, the Devo beat always fascinates me. They put on one of the best live shows I ever attended.

  16. The Little Putz
    Posted September 3, 2018 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I loved Neil Young. A LOT. I’ve seen him 6 times in Denver over the years and while I suppose I cannot simply stop loving the music, I think the man is a douchebag. I’ve always made excuses for his behavior, i.e. his treatment of bandmates CSN and otherwise but I seriously think he’s just a a dick. Sure, we cannot help falling in love with someone a and wanting a life with them and for some people that means having to hurt others, like Neil did Pegi, (though when you’re polyamorous it can be different …)

    What makes me sick and completely eradicated ANY respect I had for Neil is the fact that he serenaded one woman he’s been with for 4 years with a song that was written for the woman he was married to for THIRTY SIX years. One watches the Harvest Moon video and sees Neil take Pegi around the dance floor … it’s a lovely thing.

    And THAT’S the song Neil chooses to “serenade” Daryl with???? What a thoughtless [JAC: REALLY NASTY WORD EXPURGATED HERE. DO NOT USE THAT KIND OF LANGUAGE ON THIS WEBSITE AGAIN OR YOU’LL BE BANNED.] he is.

  17. Joe
    Posted September 3, 2018 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Wish them the best!! Neil one of the best song writers and singers.
    Timeless music.

  18. Posted September 4, 2018 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    It would have been 1996ish, well after Neil and the boys, had grabbed my heart, Joni too, most especially Joni’s “Blue”, at a Saban set in Northridge, before my shift at Technicolor in North Hollywood, was invited by daughter, Chelsea (name-sake via “Chelsea Morning” a note Neil may savor) for a tour of that movie making place job sight that she had: Make up artist. Music always had power politicians envy. Hey Niel! I got the sentiment, but we aren’t helpless, just feels like it. Music trumps politics – love to say it! Shout it! Names children even! Wish Joni could read this. Chelsea walked me thru that big rented room, full of partitions and sets all around, introduced me to all, everyone in our path, from janitors to directors, as her Dad. They all love her,in particular the directors, big time,happy to meet me,made me feel like a celebrity; I felt like a celebrity because of my daughter’s fame. How did she do that? Seems like they love her more than I do and I’m her father. Next, off to the dressing rooms where Daryl was waiting patiently her artist’s return and waiting to meet me! I was stunned! She had nothing but praise for Chelsea. I have to say Daryl is a most gracious and loving person! What a treat!
    Regards, Bill Maxwell


  19. Posted September 4, 2018 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    “I woke up and it was a Chelsea Morning!”

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