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Neil rips off a fiery solo during ABC Music Scene taping, 1969 (photo by Jeff Allen)It’s been awhile since we’ve checked in with Jeff Allen, the photographer who provided us with the previously unseen, now iconic photo that graces the cover of Neil Young FAQ.

At the time Jeff grabbed this amazing shot, he was simply one of the lucky few in attendance when Crosby Stills Nash & Young taped their legendary performance of Young’s “Down By The River” for the prime-time ABC TV concert showcase Music Scene show back in 1969.

Flash forward to the present nearly a half century later, and it becomes clear from the amazing series of photos below that Jeff hasn’t lost a step in terms of his eye for capturing a great live performance from the lens of his camera.

All of the shots below are from Stephen Stills and Neil Young’s performance at the Light Up the Blues concert/benefit on 4-25-15 at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, CA.

Thanks again, Jeff!

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The wonderful work of Jeff Allen is of course no secret to readers of Neil Young FAQ, since he is the man responsible for the book’s amazing cover shot – a previously unseen photo of Neil Young taken during the 1969 TV taping of ABC’s short-lived Music Scene show, with Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

So, obviously we were delighted when Jeff contacted us earlier this week to let us know that he had scored prime seats for Neil’s four-night run of solo acoustic shows at the prestigious Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Best of all, Jeff Allen attended the show with camera in tow.

As these photos – published here for the first time anywhere – show, it is also clear that Jeff hasn’t lost his touch all these years later. The following is just a short sample of what Jeff was able to capture, despite what he described as the sort of very heavy security one might expect at a Neil Young show these days:

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Man, will you just look at all of those guitars!

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Thanks again Jeff, and we’ll try our best to do better getting you a photo-pass next time!

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*You can find more of Jeff Allen’s work at the Cache Agency.

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One of the things that makes Neil Young FAQ somewhat unique — at least in our own humble opinion — amongst the numerous Neil Young books out there, is Jeff Allen’s great cover shot.

But what makes this great shot even more amazing is the story behind it. As a young teenager, Jeff was somehow able to sneak his way into the 1969 taping for ABC TV’s brief, but amazing weekly concert showcase show Music Scene, hosted by satirical comic David Steinberg.

At this particular show, featuring a performance by Crosby Stills Nash & Young doing Young’s “Down By The River,” Allen was able to snap off an amazing series of shots. In addition to the photo which adorns our cover, only one of Jeff’s other pictures made our book.

But there were numerous others…some of our own favorites of which we now present here for the first time:

You can check out more of Jeff Allen’s great work — which includes equally great shots of Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and others at his portfolio at the Cache Agency.

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