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Hear Neil Young Protest Fracking & Corporate America in ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up’

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Honoree Neil Young attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards P&E Wing Event at The Village Recording Studios on Jan. 21, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Neil Young has posted a live recording of a new song to his official site. It’s an impassioned protest song in the tradition of his classic late 60s and early 70s work called “Who’s Gonna Stand Up.” Check out the live recording below, which was recorded at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on July 13 during a show with Crazy Horse.



“Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth” Young repeats, calling out the corporations and politicians believed to be destroying the environment. Fracking, for one, is mentioned by name in he lengthy, folk-rock singalong.

"Who’s Gonna Stand Up" was inspired by the documentary Under the Influence. On Young’s official site, the singer-songwriter quotes the film’s synopsis: “Under the guise of democracy, huge global corporations have purchased our politicians and are writing laws that poison our planet and dismantle our democratic process.”

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Young has a handful of fates planned over the next several weeks, beginning with a Set. 13 performance at Farm Aid in Raleigh, N.C.

Young’s 2014 studio album, a covers collection called A Letter Home, was released April 19 and peaked at 13 on the Billboard 200.