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So Very Disappointing & Badly Written,
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This review is from: Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream (Hardcover)
I love Neil Young's music but he's a very private man, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Initially I found it a little slow, but I thought that if I persevered I'd get into it and it would pick up..... it didn't, it got worse and worse! As a chauffeur I spend a lot of time driving so I bought the Spoken Word version, which is read by the very talented Keith Carradine, but his voice just got on my nerves - he sounded as bored with this story as I was!
The essence of the problem is, I think, the massive ego of Neil Young. Several times in the book he tells us what a great writer he thinks he is and that he must take after his father, who was an author. Unlike most autobiography's this one doesn't follow any chronological pattern, it's all over the place, almost as if Mr Young wrote down exactly what he was thinking at any particular time. As a consequence not only is the book difficult to follow it's also extremely repetitive.
The most boring aspect of the book is when he is writing about his new high-resolution digital music system - but he doesn't tell us about it and move on, he bangs on and on about it. It appears all over the place, and once again his ego takes over and he's telling us that it's the best thing ever. He goes on and on just like a door-to-door salesman with his foot in the door!
So sorry, I hated the book. I still love Neil Young's music and hopefully one day someone will put together an accurate life story that's compelling and enjoyable to read - but reading/hearing this turned into a chore!