Neil Young was born in Toronto in 1945, and later went to live with his mother in Winnipeg after his parents split up. He moved to California in 1966 where he co-founded Buffalo Springfield before joining the hugely successful Crosby, Stills & Nash, and then embarking on a stellar solo career. He has been inducted not once but twice into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which describes him as 'one of rock 'n' roll's greatest songwriters and performers'. Young is an outspoken advocate of environmental issues and the welfare of small farmers - he co-founded Farm Aid in 1986. He is also active in educatonal projects for disabled children, and co-founded The Bridge School which assists children with physical impairments and communication needs. Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation, Neil Young continues to live on his ranch in northern California and in Hawaii.
This year's biggest music biography, Neil Young's memoir is
absolutely fascinating. The singer writes candidly, revealing much
about the life experiences which have influenced his song-writing.
* Bookseller magazine *
Neil Young has never been your average rock star and this is not your average rock star autobiography . . . Over the course of its 500 pages, Waging Heavy Peace is variously wildly idiosyncratic, unpredictable, bafflingly digressive, wryly funny, deeply moving, painfully honest . . . infuriatingly elusive and shot through with moments of rare insight and beauty, which you might say makes it the perfect literary counterpart to the 50-year career it describes * Guardian *
He's talking to you, not at you, unravelling himself as well, and you don't want it to end . . . You see rock and roll history from the inside out, and in the present tense * Independent *
Young appears bounteous and joyful, a genuinely happy hippy . . . Unusually for a rock memoir, this one is almost completely angst-free * Sunday Times *
Dryly hilarious . . . poignant . . . Waging Heavy Peace shows that Young is still in full possession of that stubborn, brilliant, one-of-a-kind instrument * Rolling Stone *
A real treat . . . he writes openly and movingly abut the key figures in his life...you feel you know Young better for reading it * Metro *
A ride through Young's many obsessions . . . Waging Heavy Peace eschews chronology and skips the score-settling and titillation of other rocker biographies. Still, Young shows a little leg and has some laughs. The operatics of the rock life give way to signal family events, deconstructions of his musical partnerships and musings on the natural world. It is less a chronicle than a journal of self-appraisal * New York Times *
Iconic Canadian American rocker Young's (b. 1945) first memoir, composed during a rare break from making new music and without the aid of a ghostwriter, is a free-form series of digressions covering many personal and professional topics that span his long life and prolific career. Young splits his time between remembering and sometimes eulogizing the many musicians he has worked with and friends he has partied with through the years, telling stories from his sprawling musical career in nonchronological spurts, and explaining at length his two current design projects-large low-energy-consumption cars and high-audio-quality digital music players. Young also finds room to discuss his Canadian upbringing, his three beloved children and wife, Pegi, and his collections of vintage cars and model trains. Young's writing is simple, unfiltered, sometimes hilarious, and often filled with nostalgia and gratitude. He is quite candid about his many successes and failures as a musician, as a husband, and as a parent. Young offers revealing insights into his time in Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and as a solo artist. Verdict Essential reading for all fans of Young, who, in his typical idiosyncratic, improvisational, and charmingly long-winded style, fills in the gaps of Jimmy McDonough's flawed Shakey: Neil Young's Biography.-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.