Neil Young is Leaving Facebook to Focus on His Online Archive

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For the last six months, Neil Young has fered access to nearly all his recorded music in the form an online archive at NeilYoungArchives.com. Now in a new post on Facebook, the songwriter says that he will be leaving the platform to focus on expanding Neil Young Archives, which he here calls “a giant time machine cabinet” filled with “albums and tracks, bits and pieces, manuscripts and art, film and video.”

“Each song is being backed up with the archival material that relates to it and to the creation it, from song writing, to band jams, the history this music is there,” he continues. “It’s never finished, it is huge and growing. We work night and day expanding the window you can see this archival stuff through.”

Young also says that as June 1, he plans to charge $1.99 a month, or $19.99 a year for access. “If you want to hear my music and would like to have the option to listen to it with all the depth and glory high resolution, it will be there,” he writes. “All my new records can be heard there first, before they get released anywhere else. New unreleased albums from the archives, old unreleased albums from the archives. Will always be heard there first.”

Young is also going on tour this summer, with dates as listed below. Read his full update on the archive below.

“I want to share with you that I have made a place for my music to live. It will also be the place where I live on the web. I won’t be here.

I wanted a place where I could hear my music from the very beginning, from the high school bands I was in, to my latest recordings-audio and visual. I wanted to be able to hear it all, all the sound, all the sound I heard when I made those records and poured my heart and soul into every one, the good and the bad, the great and the ‘should be gone’. They are all there in the new place.

A giant time machine cabinet. There are files and files for years and years, all full music. Albums and tracks, bits and pieces, manuscripts and art, film and video. I live there. Each song is being backed up with the archival material that relates to it and to the creation it, from song writing to band jams, the history this music is there. It’s never finished, it is huge and growing. We work night and day expanding the window you can see this archival stuff through.

Come and visit the cabinet and take a look inside. If you like my music, this should be a good place to wander and spend the light and dark hours. I am here now, reaching out to you, but I wont be here for long, I’ll be there at NYA with my music, new and old. I’ll be on the Timeline. Every day, I will be choosing the song the day. I will be there writing, ruminatIng and ramblIng. We have a newspaper ( The Times-Contrarian ) full updates, projects and upcoming events related to my music.

If you want to hear my music and would like to have the option to listen to it with all the depth and glory high resolution, it will be there. All my new records can be heard there first, before they get released anywhere else. New unreleased albums from the archives, old unreleased albums from the archives. Will always be heard there first.

Our machine is a monster.

Tickets to all our shows will be fered there first, and occasionally we will have surprise live streams from our Hearse Theatre, for those who can’t attend. We just streamed the 5/5/18 NYCH Reunion. Right now we are fering the best seats in the house for a short series SOLO shows in Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis and Boston to our NYA Community friends and members first, before tickets are made available to the public. After June 1, our presale tickets will be available to members only, so join us if you can.

The place is called NYA. It stands for neilyoungarchives.com, in the language the day. It’s free to everyone now. As June 1 there will be memberships available at $1.99 a month, or $19.99 per year. Parts NYA will always be free. You can always be there. This place is made for you to get the best me. I appreciate you and want you to always have the first choice.

Hope to see you there. NYA portable this fall. on the web now.”

Neil Young tour dates: 

June 28 – St Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre

June 30 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre

July 1 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre

July 3 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre

July 11 – Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre

July 12 – Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre

This article originally appeared on Spin.