Ed Ward, on Neil Diamond’s earliest days:
Probably the strongest negative reaction I’ve ever gotten to anything I’ve written was when I panned a Neil Diamond show during my stint at Austin’s daily newspaper. His fan club’s newsletter picked it up, and for two and a half years we got letters denouncing me — the last of which came from Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. But my disappointment in the show was based on remembering where Diamond had come from. Watching him literally wrap himself in an American flag, I remembered his contribution to pop music and felt sad.