Mr. Young, do you see yourself as a provocateur?
My life is not a political campaign. I just write about what is on my mind. I just play whatever I feel like playing. Whatever is in my soul at the time is what I want to do. I have, thank god, enough people who are still interested in what I am doing so that I can go out and keep doing it.
Do you think music can still change how people think these days?
I think that it can cause reflection and discussion, which is all you can do.
What about in the past?
I try not to look back. I’m looking forward. I’m worried more about what I’m going to do next week than I am what I did last week. There are too many things to do. Looking back is for everybody else.
Well, let me have a look back. I’ve read that you refused to be filmed at Woodstock. Was that really true?
I believe it was…
It’s a very exciting time because it’s all new, everything is off the board. It’s no longer the cinema of the 20th century. I guess we’ll call it cinema, but films will be made for these small screens.
Is that a good thing or bad thing?
That doesn’t mean that’s bad, but they shouldn’t see Lawrence of Arabia on those screens, that’s all. I think it’s a matter of putting things in perspective and place. But I feel we must always, always expose the younger generation to the films of the past, that’s the best possible circumstance. Otherwise culture, everything will be forgotten. We’ll only be dealing with animated films and, you know, giant communal experiences that are surface films – you look at them once and – bang! – it’s gone.