'I felt that writing books fit me like a glove; I just started and I just kept going'
Neil Young is a singular figure in the history of rock and pop culture generally in the last four decades. Reflective, insightful and disarmingly honest, in Waging Heavy Peace he writes about his life and career. From his youth in Canada to his first band's travels across the US seeking fame and girls, through Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash, to his massively successful solo career and his re-emergence as the patron saint of grunge on to his role today as one of the last uncompromised and uncompromising survivors of rock 'n' roll - this is Neil's story told in his own words.
In the book Young presents a kaleidoscopic view of personal life and musical creativity; it's a journey that spans the snows of Ontario to the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today.
About the Author
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.
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The most outstanding experience for me reading this book, was at first I found it difficult to read in the way the author writes, however, I found myself after about 50 pages enthralled in the honesty and the write as I think and speak mode, I began to feel I was in the authors presence and this gave me an overwhelming sense of peace.
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
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 2nd October 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 4.3
Weight (kg): 0.806