Dear Editor, Like Louis Black, I also count myself as a Neil Young fan of more than 30 years [“Page Two,” Dec. 16]. Unlike Mr. Black, I figured out a long time ago that Stephen Stills is the composer of "For What It's Worth,” not Neil Young. Oh, by the way, Neil Young's first solo album is not called "The Loner.” It is called Neil Young. The second track is a song named "The Loner"; however, it is not the title track. Other than being full of major errors, great column.
[Louis Black responds: Sorry, this was an error of astonishing obliviousness. It never crossed my mind that everyone wouldn't know that "For What It's Worth" was written by Stephen Stills, in the same way I would never think to cite "Imagine" as a John Lennon song or "Like a Rolling Stone" as Dylan's. The way my original was edited made this more difficult to understand, but even my original was obscure and never specifically says it's a Stephen Stills' song. At the end of talking about the song, as a transition to Young, I wrote: "Even then the music that had most struck me from the Springfield has been more Neil Young’s. There was something almost prophetically observational in his work that seems rooted in timeless visions. I wasn’t that interested in Stills." As to Young's first album, I've called it The Loner since I first bought it. Sorry.]