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


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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