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Joel Bernstein: Neil Young typing inside “Pearl”, his old Cadillac

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Look closely at the photograph, and you’ll see its not just Neil Young in the back of the car. Alongside him, almost translucent, is the hazy image of a beautiful young woman. Thats Gigi, who was on the tour taking care of Neil’s son Zeke. The photograph was taken in Cleveland, in August 1974.

Joel Bernstein remembers it clearly: “She’s sitting in the back seat of an old Cadillac parked in the middle of the old, now gone, Cleveland Stadium before a concert. She looks translucent because I’m standing outside the car, very close to the window with a wide angle lens, and reflections from the window I’m shooting through has both caused her to be transparent and other parts of the photo to be darker or lighter. I like the intensity with which he’s looking at the page in the typewriter. He is actually writing the song “White Line”; I know because I located that typewritten manuscript among the others Neil had typed during the tour.”

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