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Neil Young & Crazy Horse Rust Never Sleeps RIAA Gold Album Award

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RIAA Gold LP award for Neil Young & Crazy Horse album Rust Never Sleeps. Released on June 22, 1979, it was certified Gold by the RIAA for 500,000 copies sold on Aug. 28, 1979.

A combination studio and live track album, it included the hit "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)". The album itself peaked at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #13 in the UK. It was named to Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album*.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Gold LP award with all proper components for the RIAA "floater" era 
  • First presentation award from 1979
  • In VG condition 
  • Presentation to artist manager and co-founder of Asylum Records
  • Known as a RIAA "floater" award, which were produced 1975-81
  • Award measures approx. 17.5" x 21.5"
  • Great collectors item for any Neil Young fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1979. That makes it approx. 42 years old. It is a RIAA "floater" award presented to artist manager Elliot Roberts, who managed at various times Neil Young, Tom Petty, Tracy Chapman, Bob Dylan and The Cars, and in 1971 also co-founded Asylum Records with David Geffen.

The award is in VG condition for a 42-year-old piece with minor wear on the frame. It has its original back with Creative Glassics manufacturer sticker.

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 20 to 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

Finally, a word on photos: Our photos are zoomable so you can get a very good look. Do let us know if you want photos of any other details on our pieces and we'll be happy to provide. 

*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com.