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Waging Heavy Peace

by Neil Young

Blue Rider Press | September 25, 2012 | Hardcover

Waging Heavy Peace is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.
A New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today bestseller.

For the first time, legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical creativity. He tells of his childhood in Ontario, where his father instilled in him a love for the written word; his first brush with mortality when he contracted polio at the age of five; struggling to pay rent during his early days with the Squires; traveling the Canadian prairies in Mort, his 1948 Buick hearse; performing in a remote town as a polar bear prowled beneath the floorboards; leaving Canada on a whim in 1966 to pursue his musical dreams in the pot-filled boulevards and communal canyons of Los Angeles; the brief but influential life of Buffalo Springfield, which formed almost immediately after his arrival in California. He recounts their rapid rise to fame and ultimate break-up; going solo and overcoming his fear of singing alone; forming Crazy Horse and writing “Cinnamon Girl,” “Cowgirl in the Sand,” and “Down by the River” in one day while sick with the flu; joining Crosby, Stills & Nash, recording the landmark CSNY album, Déjà vu, and writing the song, “Ohio;” life at his secluded ranch in the redwoods of Northern California and the pot-filled jam sessions there; falling in love with his wife, Pegi, and the birth of his three children; and finally, finding the contemplative paradise of Hawaii. Astoundingly candid, witty, and as uncompromising and true as his music, Waging Heavy Peace is Neil Young’s journey as only he can tell it.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 512 pages, 9.3 × 6.36 × 1.48 in

Published: September 25, 2012

Publisher: Blue Rider Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399159460

ISBN - 13: 9780399159466

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for the linear reader Fans of Neil Young--and I'm a big one--will get a lot out of this "autobiography." Like me, you'll enjoy the rambling opinions, the disjointed stories, the countless non sequiturs, but you'll also lose patience with them at times. As much a vehicle for Young to promote his new electric car technology and views on the perils of streaming music, Waging Heavy Peace is a fascinating view inside the mind of one of the great musicians of the last half century. If you know Young's career well, you know it's full of surprises and random course changes. That's what the book is like. If you're trying to get a sense of his career from those early Winnipeg days until his most recent albums, better to have a look James McDonuagh's Shakey first, THEN read this as a companion piece. Waging Heavy Peace will make a lot more sense if you already have McDonaugh's book digested. The style is perhaps a bit stiff. This is forgiveable for a man who has just taken up book-writing in his 60s. It reminded me often of those over-chipper and slightly awkward emails you get from older relatives still familiarizing themselves with the medium. Some great stories and glimpses into genius, but at the same time at want of an edit to remove accounts of Hawaiian shopping trips or stories that start off about Ronald Reagan and end up as a flip of the bird to music writers. Definitely worth a read, but take it for what it is. Usually the best music bios aren't auto.
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Date published: 2012-10-02
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Waging Heavy Peace

by Neil Young

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 512 pages, 9.3 × 6.36 × 1.48 in

Published: September 25, 2012

Publisher: Blue Rider Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399159460

ISBN - 13: 9780399159466

About the Book

An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir and offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career.

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A New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today bestseller.

For the first time, legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical creativity. He tells of his childhood in Ontario, where his father instilled in him a love for the written word; his first brush with mortality when he contracted polio at the age of five; struggling to pay rent during his early days with the Squires; traveling the Canadian prairies in Mort, his 1948 Buick hearse; performing in a remote town as a polar bear prowled beneath the floorboards; leaving Canada on a whim in 1966 to pursue his musical dreams in the pot-filled boulevards and communal canyons of Los Angeles; the brief but influential life of Buffalo Springfield, which formed almost immediately after his arrival in California. He recounts their rapid rise to fame and ultimate break-up; going solo and overcoming his fear of singing alone; forming Crazy Horse and writing “Cinnamon Girl,” “Cowgirl in the Sand,” and “Down by the River” in one day while sick with the flu; joining Crosby, Stills & Nash, recording the landmark CSNY album, Déjà vu, and writing the song, “Ohio;” life at his secluded ranch in the redwoods of Northern California and the pot-filled jam sessions there; falling in love with his wife, Pegi, and the birth of his three children; and finally, finding the contemplative paradise of Hawaii. Astoundingly candid, witty, and as uncompromising and true as his music, Waging Heavy Peace is Neil Young’s journey as only he can tell it.

About the Author

Neil Young’s music and songwriting—which span forty years and thirty-four studio albums of rock and roll, folk, and country, with shadings of blues, techno, and other styles—are among the most enduring and popular in modern times. From his early days with Buffalo Springfield through his solo career and collaborations with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crazy Horse, and dozens of other notable musicians and groups, Young is acclaimed for both his musical talents and his artistic integrity. With a major hit in every decade since the sixties, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice (as a solo artist in 1995 and as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997). A well-known political activist, environmentalist, and philanthropist, Young has been involved in several causes, notably cofounding Farm Aid and The Bridge School, which assists children with physical impairments and communication needs.

Editorial Reviews

“Elliptical and personal… 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…. As the book progresses, 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.” –David Carr, The New York Times “ Waging Heavy Peace finally is Neil Young on Neil Young. Inasmuch as this memoir compares to anything, it''s Dylan on Dylan in Chronicles Volume 1 , and at the risk of offending, one must read it as perhaps one might the Bible: Young''s reality is plastic, his prose prophetic; and myth, metaphor and madness meander through his musings….It is a beautiful book, and the sturdy stock gives it a substantial heft. The prose is conversational, peppered with sentence fragments, more stream-of-consciousness than narrative. This in itself is lovely, as reading this book likely is a close as most of us will get to riding with Young in his bus, shooting the breeze, reminiscing.” –Ted St. Godard, Winnipeg Free Press (Canada) “Terrific: modest, honest, funny and frequently moving… Waging Heavy Peace takes the form of a diary, a life-in-the-day structure that gives Mr. Young room to maneuver, as he takes us on a wander round his memory palace… In many ways, the closest ante
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