Are You Ready For The Country?

The first anniversary issue was number 6. We held a pre-production meeting at our boardroom. The most animated discussion concerned the relative merits of the photos recently provided from the States and which should be the front and back covers. Andy and myself considered that the one eventually used for the front cover was a better portrait and our view prevailed.

Issue Number 7 carried the exciting news of a tour. Paul and myself had travelled to West London and interviewed Elliot Roberts who confirmed the arrangements. At the time he was proposing five nights at Wembley which in the event became two. However, Elliot was most courteous to us and despite our lack of interview technique, did most of the talking, and gave us what we felt was a very good interview. He turned down his pre-booked taxi and travelled to central London in our car even though we were not sure of the exact location of the WEA offices. Come to think of it, he did look a little concerned when we got the A-Z out halfway down Wardour Street…. In these security-conscious days this scenario would not in all probability be an option.

We also visited the offices of the tour promoters to secure preferential tickets. We tried to obtain merchandise/promotion space for ourselves at the venues but the interests of big business prevailed and this door was firmly shut in our faces. We were however promised tickets and pre-sold these to members without charging booking fees (which was only 30p in those days!). As the editorial of issue 7 explains, a great deal of time and effort had gone into promoting the NYAS and obtaining tickets. The tickets duly arrived and were distributed immediately. We found to our delight that the tickets were for the front rows and that I had a seat in row 3. Paul subsequently received a telegram from ITB - his telephone was undergoing one of its euphemistically-titled periodic malfunctions! - to say that we had been given the wrong tickets, having in effect received VIP ones and not those intended for mere fan club members! As the tickets had by then been posted off to members we were unable to return them as requested – so I guess a kind of justice was served. Mind you, if the ringing in the ears that lasted for three days as a result of being in row 3 was a benefit…………..

Membership at this point had reached 600 and with the strength of the production team and renewals coming in the future, while not looking exactly secure, was at least more assured than it had been. The initial target had been 400 – and this has been exceeded by 50% almost within twelve months.

After The Goldrush

The aim of this article was to provide more detail of the first twelve months or so in the life of the NYAS than the subsequent period. In fact it covers the time from the original conception of the NYAS to the point in 1982 when the Trans tour began. It was around this time that Paul Makos moved back to Scotland and the magazine production went with him. Andy Cox took over the editorship from issue 11 and production became based in Nottingham. Andy would be the first to confirm that the editorship was an onerous task and he stuck at it until issue 15. From issue 16 onwards Alan Jenkins ran the whole enterprise. Other members assisted with articles and information, but the running, the finances and all that goes with it were then the sole responsibility of Alan. A great debt of thanks is therefore owed to him for this.

It is a sobering thought to realise that it is now almost 25 years since issue 1 and that issue 100 has now been achieved. It is a tribute to all concerned that it has survived and evolved into its present form!




The Neil Young Appreciation Society founded in 1981, still going strong in 2015.

An unbroken run of 134 issues of  Broken Arrow.