2008 has been a milestone year for music. It's the 40th anniversary of The Beatles' groundbreaking White Album. It's also the 40th anniversary of Neil Young's legendary "Sugar Mountain" performance, a concert recorded at the beginning of Young's career but unreleased until now. Four decades later, these classic recordings still resonate, and the veteran artists behind them continue to show they still have something to say. Young released new solo albums in each of the past three years, and Paul McCartney is back this year with a surprising new album he recorded with producer and bassist Youth under The Fireman moniker. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with Michele Norris about these stunning recordings, both new and old.
Hear Beatles author Bruce Spizer discuss The White Album and how it came to be.
Listen to Neil Young's "Sugar Mountain" concert in its entirety.
Listen to Paul McCartney's new album as The Fireman in its entirety.