Neil Young decided to leave the popular social media platform Facebook to focus on his online archive. He made the announcement last weekend.
In the past six months, the musician has been expanding the Neil Young Archives, a website packed with the songwriter's materials. He called it a "giant time machine cabinet" because the website will also feature his albums, tracks, artworks, manuscripts, films, videos, and more.
"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. It won't be here. I wanted a place where I can hear my music from the very beginning, from the high school bands I was in, to my latest recordings - audio and visual," wrote Young.
Toward the end of his lengthy post, Young encouraged all of his fans to head to his website. He said that now and then, he and his team will have surprise live streams on NeilYoungArchives.com. Starting on June 1, the website will impose a membership fee of $1.99 a month and $19.99 per year. However, some parts of the website may be accessed free of charge.
Young accompanied his post with a photo of himself walking away from the camera. He is also carrying his signature guitar case in the snap.
Neil Young Doesn't Believe In Retirement
In March, Young also made headlines after he said that he does not believe in retirements. During his interview with Rolling Stone, Young revealed that he would never retire from making music and performing for his fans. The only time he will do so is when he dies.
"When I retire, people will know because I'll be dead. They'll know, 'He's not coming back! He retired.' But I'm not gonna say, 'I'm not coming back.' What kind of b******* is that? I could go out and play if I like it, but I don't feel like it," explained Young.
Musician Slams Google
In February, Young also slammed Google for making money off artists who don't receive any form of compensation from the company. In his online tirade, Young said that his Broken Arrow album was overlooked because most songs that became hits were overrated. Hit-makers were also falling from the skies.
Young said that he is glad his fans can listen to the entire album via his new website.