“He’s made whole albums that aren’t great, and instead of going back to a formula that he knows works, he would rather represent where he is at the time. That’s what’s so awesome: watching his career wax and wane according to the truth of his character at the moment. It’s never phony. It’s always real. The truth is not always perfect.”
That’s a quote from Rolling Stone in their 100 Greatest Artists list, where Neil Youngis #34.
His attitude has been the same from day one. Look, not much has changed since this 1986 interview:
Loved this little recording from Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies: