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(Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream) By Neil Young (Author) Hardcover on ( Oct , 2012 ) Hardcover – 4 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: VIKING (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A603N08
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 987,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author is a singular figure in the history of rock and pop culture in the last four decades, inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In this title, the author tells his story.


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You're hardly going to get an objective review about Neil Young from me, as I've been a Shakey fan since the opening notes of 'Cinnamon Girl' crashed into my consciousness forty-odd years ago. Neil Young, 'Old Black' and a cranked-up Fender DeLuxe and I'm there. Seen him live three times, most memorably at Wembley Stadium late-summer 1974 with Crosby, Stills & Nash, when he sang 'Old Man' as the sun set behind the twin towers and we were sat cross-legged on the famous pitch where only months before, Liverpool FC had won the FA Cup in my other hero Bill Shankly's last game as manager.

So Mr Young and me have history. Much of which is in this impressive slab of a book. Impressive because there's no attempt at a chronological run-through of his life. He starts now, goes back, meanders around and then brings us up-to-date. Sort of. In fact, the last chapter's terrifying, but I'll leave that for you to discover. And please do.

A lot of books by famous people are mere hagiographies. Neil Young is no saint, as he'd be the first to admit and he makes no attempt to portray himself as one in this entertaining glimpse of his very successful career, even though he is the devoted father of two severely disabled sons. He references Bob Dylan a few times and it's probably Dylan's book 'Chronicles Volume One' that comes closest to this book in terms of character and style. Just a man talking about his life in a voice that comes across as being honest and genuine. If you're a fan, then you can spend your money with confidence - you'll enjoy what you read. If you're not a fan, then this will be a very idiosyncratic book, full of stories and anecdotes of people and events that won't mean that much to you.
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I admit I'm a huge Neil Young fan, and looked forward to his writing a book, but thius is really special.Why ? well it's very personal,almost like he's having a conversation with the reader.He covers all aspects of his life,not only his music, but his family and his love and committement to each of them,his friends, his interests including the Linkvolt car and the music system which sounds like it will be the best ever,replacing the limited ipods and mp3's to getting to hear much more of the recorded work.The homes in the USA and Hawaii, his upbringing in Canada, his beginnings as a musician.This book for me is a great autobiography because it's not diluted but real,from the heart and life of one of the greatest artists of all time.He's open about times of writers block in songs now and then,to his interests in all sorts of areas well outside the area of music.The times throughout when he writes of Ben Youngs his son, one he calls his hero mand his warrior,from it his work with Pegi on the Bridge School.He comes across as someone who has a full life,an exiting life but also the challenges of a disabled son he loves so dearly,a wife he clearly adores. Lifelong friendship of musicians, managers, producers and those he meets up with,including those he has now lost along the way.
This is a deeply yet absobing read, Neil has an amazing gift as a writer maybe learnt somewhat from his father who was an emminent writer way back.This is certainly no ordinary story but written from the heart,mind and experience in a way very few books of this type ever are.The years and music with Crazy Horse,Crosby,Nash and Stills, the amazing musicians he's worked with,his passion for railroads,his archives,his cars,oh I could go on and on about this book.You may not be a Neil Young fan but I can't believe anyone would not enjoy this wonderfull book.Very highly recommended indeed!
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