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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 27 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream (Hardcover)
I received this book as a Christmas present and finished reading it last night. I literally couldn't put it down, meaning I was fairly unsociable over the holiday but never mind... I was hanging out with Neil Young! That is what this book felt like to me. Listening to some stories, laughing, and learning a lot more than I ever expected to about electric cars and model railways. Yes, the book is unstructured in the sense that it is not a chronological, Chapter 1: "I was born in Ontario..."-type of autobiography; Neil mentions at one point in the middle of the book that he's only re-written one paragraph so far, and it shows, but in the best possible way - Heavy Peace comes across as entirely genuine and totally uncontrived. The warmth with which Neil writes about his friends and family is lovely to read, and his interest in the world and passion for his various projects is inspiring. I also love the way he refers to songs he particularly likes or YouTube videos he's been watching - these references sent me straight off to Spotify to check the songs out and YouTube to watch the videos, which added an extra layer of engagement for me, especially when all the comments below one video of an early Danny Whitten performance all turned out be by other readers who'd arrived there via the book! I'm in my twenties and so obviously not a fan of 40 years standing, but Neil Young is now my hero. My ticket for his UK tour next year is bought, and he also made me buy a record player - as one of those young people who's only ever listened to MP3s, I'm excited to find out what music really feels like!
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2012 23:28:29 GMT
A convert? I wouldn't start with the Pill try 69-79 for Neil's peak.
You won't notice any difference with the sound this is one of Neil's hobby horses - it's all a myth.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 20:20:20 GMT
Thanks for the recommendations - I probably should have said that I've been listening to Neil for years; along with Springsteen he's my favourite artist. I've just never seen him live before. As for the vinyl vs MP3 issue, I can't comment because my record player hasn't turned up yet. My remastered vinyl reissue of After the Gold Rush is certainly a lovely thing to behold however and beats "iTunes LP" by a country mile!

Posted on 9 Dec 2013 06:36:52 GMT
Well written Ms G for someone who never grew up with his music. Old men out there take a look at your life.
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