An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir: "I felt that writing books fit me like a glove; I just started and I just kept going."
Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today. Candid, witty and revealing, this book takes its place beside the classic memoirs of Bob Dylan and Keith Richards.
©2012 Neil Young (P)2012 Penguin Audio
No, I really like Neil but I felt he didn't go into as much detail about his music career than I would have liked.
Neil spent too much time on his automobile & sound enhancement ventures.
Keith did ok I guess.
I was excited about his performances at Woodstock & The Last Waltz. I think he wrote maybe a paragraph about Woodstock.
I understand about his interest in improving autos due to the environment. And improving the music experience with improved sound. But I wanted more about his music history.
Yes, this was very interesting.
His discussion of drug and alcohol addition, and the ongoing recovery.
Listening to the book was like hearing an interesting, rambling conversation with Neal. I enjoyed the stories he told and the history of his life; however, I though the book was going to give details of Pono, Young's new audio format. Instead it discussed how good Pono is but gave no details as to format, equipment needed to play it or any additional data. The same was true about his electric car.
I would recommend the book to any fan of Neil Young for the life story it tells.
I listen in the car on my long commute. Fiction, science fiction, history, essays, you name it.
I don't read a lot of biographies, but I have always thought Neil Young was one of the most interesting artists I had ever encountered. I had heard a few of the stories of Neil's life, but hearing them in his words was great. I liked that he jumped around a lot - like a stream of consciousness conversation. The connections he has had over the years, and the way he was at the heart of the 60s and 70s culture makes his story very interesting, as it is also part of my story.
I really enjoyed how open and honest he comes across in the stories. I am sure some were hard to write.
Keith Carradine's narration was a little wooden, but it seemed to work for me. He would not sound good at all reading fiction in that style, but for this story, it didn't bother me, and I am often critical of the readers.
I felt how strongly Neil loves his family and friends, and how important they are to him. Once I started it, I didn't want to get out of the car.
He talks quite a bit about his audio project, and his electric car project, but these are a lot more than money-making projects to him, and I didn't get tired of hearing about them, although a couple of my friends did.
Neil Young's point of view of Neil Young
Understanding Neil better
Yes ..Could have done with a little more feeling
One of my favorite biographies. I felt like i was sitting down with Neil Young as he told me stories about his life.
Neil Young. Listening to the book brought me closer to who the man is instead of just the guy on the records.
Just listening to Neil describe his passion for not just his music, but all music.
That would be nice, if a little impractical. The narrative aspect of it was a nice change from most biographies I have read.
It is possible to both be an admirer of his music and not a fan of this book. This autobiography seems honest and well-meaning, it just isn't my cup of tea. Maybe if I was an old rock and roll guy I'd like it more.
The stories are a bit scattered, but I found that part charming. It's just that after an hour or so I started to feel like I was hanging out with an old man who's a bit out of touch. Young pays tribute to many of his friends and family, it's really sweet overall, it's just that it's surprisingly really sappy and the sentimentality directed towards cars, toy trains, guitars, houses, and other property of the sort is not that interesting to everyone.
I think that if the book had been read by the author it could have worked better. I saw Neil Young on the Daily Show and it made me want to get this book. The title itself was also super promising.
I was sadly disappointed.
Yes. It's an easy fun listen for anyone into the old school philosophy that art and music is important for the development of the soul.
Rust Never Sells
In his weathered Pendleton and T-shirt Niel Young stands alone among the artist of his time. As all the others have retired or sold-out and commercialized he stands true to the idea that music is not commerce or commodity but art. And in spite of the odds he fights the good fight and keeps the faith for those among us who still know and care.
Loved David Carradine's performance. Many interesting points came up, but it was a bit all over the place as timeline goes and can be hard for the listener to follow.
Not really an ending as Neil's adventure continues
There is more to Neil than meets the ear.
I have. Interesting life.
Hearing Neil's take on those things I've heard about him
Neil Young cruising down the highway in his old boat of a car with a quiet electric motor and the top of the line pono car stereo system.
Waging Heavy Peace was very well read, it felt like I was hanging out with Neil and he was telling me stories about himself. It seemed like I got to know him a little, and really got a feel for his amazing life. He has a lot of heart, and has really lived his life with integrity. By the time it was over, I had a bit of a hero!
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