David Remnick Belts Out a Neil Young Classic

Latest Sequoias performance was in support of New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook's book launch.

Since The Sequoias perform just a handful of times each year, we felt it worth noting the group’s most recent gig. The rock band encompasses New Yorker editor David Remnick, magazine staff writers John Seabrook and John Colapinto, Bloomberg’s John Homans, Elle magazine writer-editor Ben Dickinson and former public radio reporter Charlie Foster.

The Sequoias by Beowulf Sheehan www.beowulfsheehan.com

The Nov. 13 concert at New York’s Bowery East, anchored to a book launch party for Seabrook’s The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, was also a coming out party of sorts for lead vocalist Rebecca Donner, recently added to the Sequoias mix and by day a novelist. From the NYT write-up by Steve Kurutz:

While Mr. Remnick sang an impassioned version of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” Mr. Homans displayed an idiosyncratic style and Mr. Seabrook kept the band moderately steady all night, it was indeed Ms. Donner who brought the house down, first with a rendition of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” then by channeling all of Janis Joplin’s arm-waving and vocal theatrics to sing “Cry Baby.”

The paths of Remnick and Young have crossed before. For example, at the AllThingsD Dive Into Media conference in 2012, the New Yorker editor followed Young on stage as a speaker. And during his chat with Kara Swisher, he noted at one point that the magazine has been “around longer than Neil Young.” That it has, to the tune of 20 years (1925  vs. 1945).

Previously on FishbowlNY:
David Remnick’s Advice to Yale Students

[Photo by Beowulf Sheehan, courtesy: sequoiasband.com]

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