Waging Heavy Peace

Hardcover | September 25, 2012

byNeil Young

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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.

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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...

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 a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.63 inPublished:September 25, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0399159460

ISBN - 13:9780399159466

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book by a Great Musician This is a very non-convectional biography. Neil writes short chapters that take you back and forth through his time starting in Canada to the present. A great read.
Date published: 2015-01-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Waging Heavy Peace I've always enjoyed Neil Young as a musician and as a sixties icon who set his own agenda and didn't cave to record companies and the corporate agenda - however, his writing style is banal, disjointed, and laced with simple sentences. While, I enjoy reading about the creative process of songwriting with Stephen Stills and others, I'm less enamoured of his endless diatribes on his cars. It would have been better if he focused more on his songs and his role in the music industry and expressed himself better with some better vocabulary.
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great nostalgia I enjoyed reading about the life and adventures of this great man. Nice to read about one of my hippy neighbours!
Date published: 2013-05-24
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.
Date published: 2013-01-18
Rated out of 5 by from Support Canadian talent!
Date published: 2012-10-02
Rated out of 5 by from Seems like a great book, anyone have feedback to share?
Date published: 2012-10-01