Neil Young takes a stand with live film version of “Ohio”

Music has the power to inspire, empower, and confront the political world we live in through charged lyrics and meaningful melodies. Neil Young’s “Ohio” does just that.

Written back in 1970 in response to the events surrounding the Vietnam War protests at Ohio’s Kent State University, “Ohio” spoke to a divisive and uncertain moment in our history. Neil Young took a stand then, and with his newly released live version film, he is taking a stand now.

Directed by Daryl Hannah and cut by Lost Planet’s Rachel Simmer, the film addresses the current political landscape and urges viewers to reflect and support the fight against gun violence. With moments on stage coupled with powerful shots of political events, the film is a call for action and change.

Read more about the impetus for the project on the Neil Young Archives.