In his new concert film Neil Young Journeys, released today, June 29, director Jonathan Demme trails the iconic Canadian songwriter as he drives a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria from his hometown of Omemee to a solo performance at Massey Hall in Toronto. Composer of such ballads as "Long May You Run" and "Coupe de Ville," Young has dual passions for vintage cars and musical instruments, including a 1953 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop nicknamed "Old Black," which is featured in the film's intimate onstage footage. Between sets, Young muses about his childhood in Ontario, In-N-Out burgers, and the true pleasure of a road trip. Fiddling with the radio dial on the dashboard, he remarks: "I can tell if I like (a song) by listening in a car."
Travel + Leisure asked Demme to compose a play list of his favorite Young tunes for our own rockin' journeys:
The Play List:
"War of Man"
"Like a Hurricane"
"Running Dry (Requiem for the Rockets)"
"Rockin' in the Free World"
"Crime in the City"
"Peaceful Valley Boulevard"
"Living with War"
"For the Turnstiles"
Shane Mitchell is Travel + Leisure's special correspondent.