Shakey: Neil Young's Biography Hardcover – 30 May 2002
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'I've been reading this biography of Neil Young called Shakey and it's changed my life, man.' -- Noel Gallagher - NME
'Succeeds in stripping a star of his iconography McDonoughs book excels at anecdotes of music excess from a bygone era -- The Observer.
...sensational: burning ambition, clashing egos, onstage epileptic seizures, deranged groupies, great albums, the birth and death of Sixties idealism. -- Scotland on Sunday·
hard to imagine anyone trying to better this.It has an abundance of what Young values above all else passion -- Evening Standard
'One of the most penetrative studies of a rock icon ever written... Scary, bittersweet and strangely moving... One of the great tales of the rock 'n' roll era' Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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There is also a good deal of candid comment by members of Crazy Horse, manager Elliot Roberts and several others past and present from Young's circle, which I would guess will tell you as much as Young & Co will give away as long as Neil is with us (long may he run).
In many ways this is an extraordinary book. A study about an unusual person, the music world (or at least that part of the music world that Young has inhabited) and a host of extraordinary (or "innaresting") characters and casualties along the way.
At this point I should confess to be being a Neil fan - in as much as I've got all of his official recordings (yes, even the terrible ones) and, ahem, 1 or 2 unofficial ones - without, I hope, quite becoming the sort of obsessive no-life that posts inanities to some of the many Young-related web-sites. So even allowing for some potential bias, I feel, ultimately, Young emerges from this book with a good deal of credit, even though his extremely driven nature must sometimes test the patience of those who are nearest and dearest to him. Not everyone gets let off lightly and the book does provide some considerable insight into the unpleasant side of some musos, their management and their hangers-on.
There is, as one would expect from a study of someone with such an idiosyncratic sense of humour, some alarming, hilarious and tragic anecdotes too - real beyond Spinal Tap stuff.Read more ›
It's not some author being a sycophant just telling the reader how great Neil Young is, he gives his view on things both complimentry and critical of Young.
I found this book difficult to put down at times, it's given me a far greater insight, not only into Young's music but into Young himself, what makes him tick, where he get's his ideas and inspiration, what situations it takes for him to musically thrive, what situations it takes for him to flop.
This book has been a great parallel to me buying Young's albums. I get the full story behind the various albums and appreciate that when i listen to them.
This is a great read for Neil Young fans. As a relative newcomer (10 months) to his work this provided me with really good information on the man himself, helping me to get a greater understanding of the whole picture.
I loved, it great book, reccomended.
Apart from this it is a great book about Neil Young ,meticolously put together and recalling the major things that happened in his life.
If you are a Neil Young fan you will love this book and some of the more obscure recordings to me, seem to make sense now .
me so much. Another reviewer more charitably describes it as "unusually frank". My personal sense is that of
someone hitching himself up at the start of every sentence to come across as gruff and cool: "look at me ma, I'm a rock journo".
But common sense prevailed. Only a 5-star review is justified for this remarkable book. The only comparable book
in this genre that I can think of is Nick Tosches's brilliant biography of Jerry Lee Lewis, which reads like Faulkner on
amphetamines. Somehow -- despite my irritation at the prevailing coarseness -- Jimmy McDonough conjures up the Neil Young
we all know and love from the music, warts (=humanity) and all. Other reviewers have made even more uncharitable
ad hominem remarks on the author than mine, but no one should be put off. If Neil Young means anything to you at
all, or if you're just curious to find out whether he might, don't hesitate for a moment to buy this book.
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Great service and it turned out to be a first edition too. Very happy old hippy here in wildest West Wales, thanks.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
The author has messed this one although Neils life is innaresting this Jimmy slates gigs albums etc,Neil Young is a legend just wish someone who really knew him as a musician wrote... Read morePublished on 18 May 2014 by Miracle Aligner
Neil Young was never going to reveal himself to the author. The result is a silly mish mash of other peoples opinions. Confused and unreadable.Published on 7 Feb. 2014 by singinghinny